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Associate director at Centers for Disease Control: We’ve reached ‘the end of antibiotics, period’

In an interview that aired on PBS’s Frontline, an associate director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, said that “for a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about ‘The end of antibiotics, question mark?’ Well, now I would…

Indian prime minister not worried about U.S. hacking because he doesn’t have a cell phone or use email

India’s 81-year-old prime minister does not own a mobile phone or use personal email, giving New Delhi “no cause for concern” about new U.S. hacking revelations, his office said Friday. The Guardian newspaper reported Friday that U.S. spies eavesdropped on the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after White House,…

Report: U.S. may have hacked former French president’s network with Israel’s help

France believed the United States attempted to hack into its president’s communications network, a leaked U.S. intelligence document published on Friday suggests. U.S. agents denied having anything to do with a May 2012 cyber attack on the Elysee Palace, the official residence of French presidents, and appeared to hint at…

Two stabbed to death at China’s Forbidden City

Two people were stabbed to death Friday at Beijing’s Forbidden City, the vast former imperial palace that is China’s top tourist attraction, by a man who then attempted suicide, police said. The violence at the world heritage site was a brawl among employees, Beijing police said in a post on…

Indian women take aim at prejudice with ‘Dark Is Beautiful’ ad campaign

Looking to find a husband, make friends, and get ahead at work? Then you need to have lighter skin. That’s the all-pervasive message in India, and it’s something that one actress is fighting to overturn. The new poster girl of the “Dark is Beautiful” campaign, Nandita Das, has called out…

Thailand’s top Buddhist leader dies at 100

Flags flew at half-mast and crowds of mourners turned out to pay their respects Friday after Thailand’s top Buddhist leader died aged 100. Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara died on Thursday due to a blood infection following recent surgery for an intestinal infection, according to Chulalongkorn hospital where he had…

Couple’s vacation prize to Canada makes them unwitting drug mules

It seemed like a dream come true — a free vacation to Canada complete with new luggage — until the Australian couple involved realized they had unwittingly become drug mules. Australian Federal Police on Friday said the pair, a 72-year-old man and 64-year-old woman, told Customs officials they had some…

Global warming helps Greenland snag its first big mining contract

Greenland awarded Thursday its first big mining exploitation license, approving a project by British company London Mining, which will most likely hire Chinese workers. “This is indeed a historic moment for Greenland,” Greenland’s Industry and Minerals Minister Jens-Erik Kirkegaard said. Kirkegaard called it “the largest commercial project to date in…

FDA seeks tighter controls on narcotic painkillers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers, in a bid to stop abuse. The move would allow widely abused opioid analgesic drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone to be controlled strictly as powerful painkillers such as OxyContin. In announcing…

Bernie Sanders’ PAC raising funds for progressive Southern state candidates

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) political action committee (PAC) will expand its’ fundraising efforts to aid progressive and independent candidates at the state level in conservative Southern states, In These Times reported on Wednesday. “There is no shortage of billionaires willing to bankroll extreme right-wing candidates,” Sanders writes in a fundraising…

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