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Researchers find evidence of heart disease in mummified Egyptian princess

PARIS (AFP) – The diagnosis is more than 3,500 years late, but no less stunning for all of that. An Egyptian princess who lived between 1580 and 1550 BC has become the earliest person in human history to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease, according to computer scans presented at…

US, Obama’s image sour in Muslim nations: poll

WASHINGTON — The image of the United States has soured in Muslim nations in the past year, says a poll released two days before President Barack Obama is due to deliver a speech on the pro-democracy revolts sweeping the Arab world. Only in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation…

Exploding melons sow new China food fears

BEIJING (AFP) – A bizarre wave of exploding watermelons — possibly due to farmers’ abuse of a growth-boosting chemical — has once again spotlighted safety fears plaguing China’s poorly regulated food sector. State media has said nearly 50 hectares (120 acres) of watermelon crops in the eastern city of Danyang…

CIA used stealth drones to monitor Bin Laden: report

WASHINGTON — The CIA flew stealth drones on dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistan to monitor Osama bin Laden’s compound before US commandos killed him, The Washington Post reported. Citing current and former US officials, the Post said the Central Intelligence Agency used the highly sophisticated unmanned planes to…

Japan’s TEPCO plea for debt forgiveness draws ire

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese government remarks calling on lenders to forgive some of Tokyo Electric Power’s debt have sparked acrimony and confusion, and illustrate difficulties in addressing a nuclear crisis, say analysts. Corporate leaders have rounded on comments from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano that banks may have to waive…

Schwarzenegger admits lovechild triggered split

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Film star turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a lovechild with a staff member which he kept secret for a decade, until its disclosure torpedoed his marriage. The former bodybuilder’s estranged wife Maria Shriver, a daughter of the Kennedy political dynasty, reacted by asking for…

Post-hack, Sony chief says company cannot guarantee PS3 security

TOKYO (AFP) – Sony chief Howard Stringer has warned he can no longer guarantee the security of the electronics giant’s gaming network in the “bad new world” of cybercrime after one of the biggest Internet data breaches. The Japanese multinational has begun restoring its hacked PlayStation Network and Sony Online…

US shuttle Endeavour docks at space station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour, with six astronauts on board including an Italian, docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday, NASA said. The docking, the next to last for the US shuttle program, took place at 1014 GMT, according to a commentator on NASA TV, which…

11 killed in Afghan protests over NATO killings

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AFP) – Eleven people were killed and over 50 others injured, including two German soldiers, at protests in Afghanistan on Wednesday over the deaths of four people in a NATO raid, officials said. Police opened fire as around 2,000 people took to the streets in Taloqan, capital of…

Netflix ‘undisputed bandwidth king’ of U.S. Internet traffic

SAN FRANCISCO — Films and television shows streamed online by Netflix amount to nearly 30 percent of the content racing downstream on the US Internet during peak periods, according to a study released Tuesday. “Netflix is now the undisputed bandwidth king of the Internet in North America,” Canadian networking gear…

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