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MPs call on Cameron to hold EU referendum

MPs from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party on Monday intensified calls for a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union. Mark Pritchard, secretary of the party’s influential 1922 committee, called the EU a “burdensome yoke” and warned in Monday’s Daily Telegraph that Tory support for the project…

Closing gender gap will boost growth: World Bank

Women in the developing world have made strides in education, but still lag far behind men in opportunities, a gender gap that is hampering growth, the World Bank said in a report. Calling on countries to work to shrink that gap, the World Bank said gender equality is important in…

Families call for courts martial over Afghan ambush

WASHINGTON — Family members of US war dead from a disastrous Afghan mission — from which a young Marine got the highest US military decoration — called Sunday for senior officers to be court-martialed. Former marine sergeant Dakota Meyer, 23, defied orders and repeatedly drove into a village despite a…

Fed debates approach as inflation fears grow

A fight looms Tuesday in the US Federal Reserve as policy makers wrestle over whether the threat of inflation should prevent them from feeding more money into the economy to boost jobs. While one camp on the Federal Open Market Committee is believed to favor a hopefully stimulative economic measure…

Egypt bans exporting palm fronds for Israeli holiday

JERUSALEM — An Egyptian decision to ban the export of closed palm fronds used in an upcoming Jewish festival is forcing Israel to seek ways to make up the shortfall, its agriculture minister said on Sunday. In the past, Israeli dealers imported between 600,000 and 700,000 fronds, the vast majority…

Desperate U.S. consumers turn to ‘extreme couponing’

The humble coupon — which in the past gave consumers a few cents off soap or cereal — has mushroomed into a lifestyle for millions of Americans with its own television programs, websites and trading platforms. A total of 167 billion coupons were distributed to US consumers in the first…

Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle

PARIS — Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade. The exploit is published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular…

Sweden hit by ‘substantial’ oil spill

STOCKHOLM — A recent oil spill near the Sweden’s southwest coast is the worst in the area in years and the clean up will take weeks, the Swedish coast guard said Sunday. Authorities first learnt of the spill on Thursday, but its magnitude was not immediately clear. “The accidental oil…

Drug-resistant bacteria top agenda of medical convention

CHICAGO — The emergence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and efforts by scientists trying to cope with the problem top the agenda at a medical convention under way here this weekend. “The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria worldwide is clearly the hot topic because one can observe bacteria becoming more resistant…

Indonesian women don miniskirts in rape protest

JAKARTA — About 50 women in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, donned miniskirts to protest remarks by the Jakarta city governor who blamed a recent gang rape on the victim’s choice of clothing. Fauzi Bowo called on women Friday not to wear miniskirts when riding on public transport…

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