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Taiwan, Philippines warn of tainted sports drink that shrinks testicles

MANILA (AFP) – Taiwan and the Philippines have warned some sport drinks may have been contaminated with a chemical that could cause infertility and block boys’ sex organ development, officials said Tuesday. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration is monitoring some imported Taiwanese sport drinks, fruit juices and soft drinks…

Cell phone radiation officially listed a potential cancer risk

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies cell phones as a possible carcinogen in the same category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries in the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization,…

Missouri twister: 29 still missing, ‘miracle needed’

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – The number of people still missing from a killer tornado has dropped to 29, but officials said finding any of them alive eight days after the twister struck would require “a miracle.” The massive May 22 tornado killed 142 people in Joplin, Missouri, in what was…

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…

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