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‘Fake’ Twitter users attacking Tibet and Dalai Lama are Chinese propagandists: rights group

Beijing has created at least 100 fake Twitter accounts to spread propaganda about Tibet and other Chinese concerns, a campaign group said. The social networking site is blocked within China, but Free Tibet said it had identified around 100 accounts — many of them bearing Western names, usually a combination…

Middle East’s MERS-CoV virus found in air of camel barn

Researchers in Saudi Arabia said Tuesday they have found genetic traces of the dangerous Middle East respiratory virus, MERS-CoV, in the air of a barn that housed a sick camel. The study in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, calls for further research to determine if the…

Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight

An outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation “alarming’. Hundreds of mainly children die across India each year from the mosquito-borne virus, but West Bengal is not normally one of…

President Daniel Ortega calls attack on supporters in Nicaragua a ‘massacre’

President Daniel Ortega on Monday slammed as a “massacre” an attack on his political supporters that killed five people and left 28 more hurt. “This was a genuine massacre, one that has been condemned by the nation,” the leftist president said at a memorial for the dead at a convention…

Australian senator Jacqui Lambie’s ideal man: rich and ‘well-hung’ (AUDIO)

An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and “well-hung” apologised Tuesday, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke. Jacqui Lambie, who took her seat in the national parliament’s upper house earlier this month, told Tasmania’s Heart 107.3 that…

Schizophrenia has direct genetic ties, as scientists find more than 100 DNA pointers

A massive gene trawl has linked over 100 DNA coding mutations to schizophrenia, yielding critical clues about what causes the illness and possibly how to treat it, scientists said Tuesday. Using more than 80,000 genetic samples from schizophrenia patients and healthy volunteers, an international team of researchers found 128 variants…

World marks hottest June since 1880: NOAA

Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to a monthly report by US government climate scientists. The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a “record high for the month at 61.20 Fahrenheit (16.22 Celsius),” said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That…

South Korean police confirm death of downed ferry’s fugitive owner

South Korean police said Tuesday they had found the body of the fugitive business tycoon who headed the family operating the Sewol ferry which sank in April with the loss of around 300 lives. Yoo Byung-Eun had been the target of an unprecedented, months-long manhunt involving tens of thousands of…

Federal prosecutors unseal indictments against members of smartphone ‘piracy groups’

San Francisco (AFP) – US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices. Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of “piracy groups” SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and Applanet, according to the US Department of Justice. “Copyright infringement discourages smart…

Ukrainian rebels hand over MH17 black boxes and call for cease-fire near crash site

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday handed over two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet to Malaysian officials at a press conference. They also announced a ceasefire within a 10 kilometre (six mile) radius around the crash site to allow…

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