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Lance Armstrong: It’s ‘impossible’ to win the Tour de France without doping

Shamed US cyclist Lance Armstrong believes it is impossible to win cycling’s greatest race without using banned substances, he said in an interview with Le Monde on Friday, on the eve of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. “It’s impossible to win the Tour de France without doping…

UK moves forward with three-parent IVF treatment

The British government has said it will pursue a radical fertility technique that uses DNA from three parents to create an embryo. The IVF-based technique is designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases inherited on the maternal side, such as muscular dystrophy. Mitochondria are the structures within cells that convert energy…

Snowden’s father believes his son will return if conditions are met

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in an interview that while he has not had recent contact with him, he is reasonably confident his son would return to the United States if certain conditions were met. Those conditions could…

Obama protesters rally near hospital treating Mandela

By Peroshni Govender PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africans protesting a visit to their country by U.S. President Barack Obama rallied on Friday a few blocks from well-wishers at a hospital in Pretoria where anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is critically ill. Obama, on a three-nation tour of Africa, was due to…

Oily fish helps fight breast cancer

Eating a portion of tuna, salmon, sardines or other oily fish once or twice a week reduces the risk of breast cancer, according to a review published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Researchers based in China looked at 26 previously published studies covering more than 800,000 volunteers in the…

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Cartwright under investigation for alleged Stuxnet leak

A former high-ranking US military officer is being probed for allegedly leaking details about a US cyberattack on Iran, a US media report said. Citing unnamed legal sources, NBC News said retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright has been told he is under investigation for allegedly disclosing details about the Stuxnet…

Sermon condemning sexual grooming goes out to 500 mosques

A sermon condemning sexual grooming will be delivered Friday in hundreds of mosques across Britain following recent child abuse cases. The speech will highlight how the Koran condemns all forms of sexual indecency and urge Muslims to protect children and vulnerable people in their communities. The move follows cases in…

Bishop arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in Vatican bank probe

A priest has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in connection with the sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, Italian media reported Friday. Nunzio Scarano, a priest from Salerno, was arrested after an investigation into the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), as the bank is known,…

Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be bolted to courtroom floor for trial

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado judge ruled on Thursday that accused theater gunman James Holmes will tethered to the courtroom floor by a cable for security reasons during his murder trial, but denied a defense request to sequester the jury. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of…

Obama flies to South Africa as his hero Nelson Mandela hangs on to life

US President Barack Obama flies to South Africa Friday hoping to pay homage to the legacy of his critically ill hero Nelson Mandela, who is fighting for his life in hospital. Mandela’s ill health means the two men, who shattered racial boundaries on either side of the Atlantic, are not…

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