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Smoking could kill 8 million a year by 2030: WHO

LONDON (Reuters) – Tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Since there is often a lag of many years between…

‘Perfect storm’ looms for world’s food supplies: Oxfam

PARIS (AFP) – Oxfam called on Tuesday for an overhaul of the world’s food system, warning that in a couple of decades, millions more people would be gripped by hunger due to population growth and climate-hit harvests. A “broken food system” means that the price of some staples will more…

Victory over AIDS epidemic finally within reach: U.S. researcher

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic surfaced, hope of conquering the deadly epidemic has never been greater, according to a longtime US leader in the AIDS fight, Anthony Fauci. This hope has been spurred by recent advances toward a vaccine and new breakthoughs in treatment and prevention,…

Shuttle Endeavour leaves International Space Station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station and headed back to Earth, wrapping up its final journey before entering retirement, NASA said. Endeavour’s last mission is the penultimate flight for the 30-year-old US shuttle program, which will end for good after the Atlantis…

Global carbon at record high: IEA

PARIS (AFP) – Carbon-dioxide emissions hit a record high last year, the International Energy Agency said on Monday, dimming the prospects of limiting the global temperature increase to two degrees Celsius. “Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, according to the latest estimates,” the International Energy…

South Dakota calls for bulldozers to fight flood

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – South Dakota appealed for bulldozers and operators and called up 200 more National Guard troops on Sunday in a race to finish levees before heavy Missouri River flows reach the capital, officials said. The U.S. government plans to step up releases from several dams along the Missouri…

Obama: Joplin tornado ‘a national tragedy’

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Sunday called last week’s tornado that claimed scores of lives here “a national tragedy,” ahead of a memorial service for the dead. “This is not just your tragedy. It is a national tragedy and there will be a national response,” Obama said…

10 dead in Germany from ‘killer cucumbers’

BERLIN (AFP) – German health chiefs on Saturday announced four more deaths feared to have been caused by E. coli-contaminated cucumbers, bringing to ten the number of suspected deaths in the country. Two of the ten deaths have so far been officially attributed to the deadly E. coli strain, with…

Shuttle Endeavour prepares to leave space station

WASHINGTON — The US space shuttle Endeavour on Sunday prepared to undock from the International Space Station and jet back to Earth, wrapping up its final journey before entering retirement, NASA said. Endeavour’s last mission is the penultimate flight for the 30-year US shuttle program, which will end for good…

UK doctors performing ‘Botox boob job’

Not just for firming the cheeks and foreheads of the wealthy anymore, researchers have found a new — still cosmetic — use for Botox: Lifting and firming saggy breasts. The so-called Botox boob job is currently only offered in the UK, according to mid-day.com, but its relatively low price and…

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