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Fertility treatment babies prone to ‘serious defects’

Children conceived with the aid of fertility treatments are more likely to be born with serious physical defects, according an Australian study published on Saturday. Conception using treatments like ovulation induction, in-vitro fertilisation or the injection of sperm directly into an egg, resulted in serious defects in 8.3 percent of…

23 killed in day of drug wars horror for Mexico

The northern Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo saw a brutal day of gang violence, with 14 headless bodies found stuffed in a vehicle and nine bodies found hanging from a bridge. The gruesome crimes came less than two months before Mexico’s presidential election, and just ahead of a key…

Military orders troops to ‘fall in line’ after series of PR disasters

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on US troops to tighten up discipline and display “integrity” after a series of public relations disasters that he said could play into the hands of America’s enemies. Panetta, echoing a message from Army and Marine Corps leaders, on Friday said the misconduct related only…

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 9/11 co-defendants to be arraigned today at Gitmo

The self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four co-accused were due to be arraigned Saturday at Guantanamo Bay, with all facing the death penalty if convicted. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants will be formally charged in a military tribunal with planning and executing the September 11, 2001, attacks…

UN expert calls for U.S. return of native lands

The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples has called on the United States to mitigate the “sense of loss” among the Native American community by restoring some tribal lands. James Anaya, made the comments after a 12-day tour of the United States, during which he met with…

Obama ‘Ready to Go’ with first campaign rallies

US President Barack Obama holds his first official reelection rallies Saturday at an unfortunate moment, as signs of the strong economic rebound he hopes to ride to a second term seem to be dimming. Introduced by popular First Lady Michelle Obama, the president will seek to fire up the vast…

Europe braces for Greek election

Not only Greece but also Europe braced on Saturday for an election here that polls indicate will fail to produce a clear winner, and which markets worry will plunge the eurozone into fresh turmoil. In comments widely quoted by Greek newspapers on the eve of Sunday’s vote, German Finance Minister…

Medvedev quits Kremlin with a whimper

When the Kremlin door slams shut on Dmitry Medvedev after Vladimir Putin returns to the presidency on May 7, the sound reverberating off the ancient red-brick walls may be one of bitter failure. Post-Soviet Russia is set to remember its only one-term president as a man whose biggest achievement was…

Air Force pilots refuse to fly F-22 over safety fears

WASHINGTON — Two F-22 pilots say they have stopped flying the US Air Force’s most advanced fighter jet because of safety fears over the aircraft’s oxygen system, according to a CBS television “60 Minutes” report. The F-22 Raptor was grounded last year after a spate of incidents with pilots suffering…

SpaceX to send unmanned cargo mission to ISS on May 19

WASHINGTON — SpaceX said Friday it will attempt to send a cargo-loaded spacecraft to the International Space Station on May 19 after a series of delays, the latest over software issues. “SpaceX and NASA are nearing completion of the software assurance process, and SpaceX is submitting a request to the…

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