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Doctors Without Borders: Treat Syria aid as urgently as chemical weapons

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) called Tuesday on Syria’s warring groups and the international community to make aiding needy civilians as urgent a priority as dealing with chemical weapons. “Influential countries gathered around a table, thrashed out an agreement on chemical weapons and put it into practice. They have…

Attacks on journalists on the rise in Brazil

Anti-press violence rose nearly threefold in Brazil in 2013 as reporters covered massive street protests over substandard public services and endemic corruption, a broadcast media report said Monday. “This is one of the most violent years for the press in this country,” Daniel Slaviero, president of the Brazilian Association of…

Universities embracing role as ‘incubators’ for tech start-ups

Just before graduating from the University of Michigan, Calvin Schemanski began his start-up. With two classmates, he got free office space on campus and $7,500 in funding from the university’s student startup accelerator, TechArb. The project, a restaurant recommendation app called MyFab5 using a “favorites” formula, is now preparing a…

Taiwan vows to develop first vaccine against fatal H7N9 avian flu

Taiwan is scheduled to roll out its first vaccine against the H7N9 strain of avian flu in late 2014, after the island confirmed the first outbreak of the deadly virus earlier this year, researchers said Monday. Health authorities in Taiwan confirmed in April that a 53-year-old Taiwanese man, who had…

Nobel-winning economists celebrate by going back to school

Winning a Nobel prize was no excuse for cancelling class for two economics professors who were feted by the University of Chicago Monday. Eugene Fama didn’t even stick around for a champagne toast after a celebratory press conference attended by hundreds of faculty members and students. Fama, 74, was preparing…

Swiss researchers: Polonium findings ‘support the possibility’ Yasser Arafat died of poisoning

Polonium, the poison scientists suspect may be the cause of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death in 2004, is a highly radioactive material rarely found outside military and scientific circles. Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Arafat which “support the possibility” the veteran…

Israeli president Peres on Iran: ‘The facts contradict the speeches’

Shimon Peres says Israel and its allies must retain a firm stance on Iran until it can show it does not threaten regional stability, despite its election of Hassan Rouhani as president. In an interview published Monday by the Brazilian newspaper the Folha de Sao Paulo, the Israeli president poured…

Rare mosquito fossil shows female’s blood-filled belly

A unique 46-million-year-old mosquito fossil with a belly full of dried blood has been found in a Montana riverbed, US researchers said Monday. “It is an extremely rare fossil, the only one of its kind in the world,” said Dale Greenwalt, lead author of the study in the Proceedings of…

Republican and Democratic Senate leaders ‘optimistic’ on debt ceiling deal

Rival Republican and Democratic Senate leaders Monday said they were optimistic they could agree a deal to stave off a debt default that would shred US credibility and rock the global economy. Signs of hope emerged three days before a deadline to raise the US government’s borrowing limit and with…

Al Qaeda operative captured in Libya brought to U.S. to face trial

A Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect who was snatched from Tripoli by US commandos and interrogated on an American warship, has been brought to New York to face trial, a prosecutor said Monday. Anas al-Libi arrived in the United States at the weekend and was brought directly to New York, where he…

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