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Jamaican track program escapes sanctions after stringent anti-doping audit

Fears of Jamaican athletes been barred from taking part in international track and field events have been allayed following a two day extraordinary audit of the island?s drug testing policies by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) that ended on Tuesday. While the results of the audit on the Jamaica Anti-doping…

SARS-like viruses can jump from bats to humans

Scientists said Wednesday they had found evidence that SARS-like coronaviruses can jump straight from a type of Chinese bat to humans without the need for an intermediary animal “host”. The find has “enormous implications” for public health control, with potentially pandemic viruses present, right now, in bats in China that…

Fed maintains stimulus despite restraints on economic growth

The U.S. Federal Reserve kept its stimulus program in place as expected Wednesday, but said that the government’s fiscal policy is a drag on the economy. “Economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace,” Fed policy makers said at the end of a two-day policy meeting. Unemployment continues…

Bangladesh to decide garment wage rise amid unrest fears

A government panel was striving Wednesday to reach agreement on a wage rise for Bangladesh’s crisis-hit garment industry, amid warnings of fresh crippling strikes if the increase is too low. The panel is trying to set a new minimum wage for four million garment workers, after factory disasters in recent…

Banksy’s Nazi picture to be auctioned off to benefit HIV patients and the homeless

British artist Banksy has donated a “vandalized” oil painting to a New York thrift shop to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for HIV patients and the homeless. It is the latest stunt in the graffiti superstar’s month-long pop up exhibition on the streets of the US city which has…

NSA compromised Yahoo and Google data centers

The US National Security Agency has tapped into key communications links from Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Post, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials, said the program can collect data at will from hundreds…

Financial giant Barclays under investigation over foreign exchange trading

Barclays is among companies under investigation for possible manipulation of foreign exchange trading, the British bank said on Wednesday. Barclays, which is still looking to repair its reputation following its role in the Libor interest rate-rigging scandal, said it was unable to predict the fallout of the latest worldwide probe…

Dark matter stays hidden as Large Underground Xenon detector fails to see a single particle

The world’s most advanced instrument for detecting dark matter – the invisible substance thought to account for most of the matter in the universe – has ended its first three months of service without catching a hint of the stuff. Sat a mile underground in a defunct gold mine in…

Siberian education officials: Halloween is ‘propaganda of the cult of death’

Officials in a Siberian region on Wednesday banned Halloween parties from school classrooms, warning that they foster extremism and encourage children to dabble in a “cult of death”. The education ministry of the Omsk region in Siberia sent out a letter telling schools that “holidays that are propaganda for extremist…

Palestinians say Israel ‘destroying peace process’ with new housing

The Palestinians on Wednesday accused Israel of trying to wreck peace talks with plans to build 1,500 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, hours after the Jewish state freed 26 Palestinian prisoners. A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said the move “destroys the peace process and…

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