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Mes Aynak: Afghanistan’s Buddhist buried treasure faces destruction

Mes Aynak, a magnificent Buddhist city, is the most important archaeological discovery in a generation. But it is sitting on a vast copper deposit and is about to be destroyed. In the spring of 1963, a French geologist set out from Kabul to carry out a survey in Logar province in eastern…

Mexico’s ex-president Vicente Fox backs nationwide legal pot market in the U.S.

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox threw his weight Thursday behind a US entrepreneur’s drive to build a nationwide legal market for marijuana in the United States. Fox, Mexico’s leader from 200-2006, appeared at a Seattle press conference where businessman Jamen Shively said the US states of Washington and Colorado are…

‘Knights Templar’ among those singled out by U.S. government for suspected drug trafficking

The United States designated six individuals and groups, including a prominent steroids dealer, for sanctions Friday, freezing their US assets and barring trade with Americans. The Knights Templar of Mexico, Colombia’s Los Urabenos and Los Cachiros of Honduras were singled out for sanctions under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act,…

Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant

Musician, 71, underwent life-saving surgery last month in Cleveland, says wife Laurie Anderson Lou Reed, the US songwriter, poet and vocalist with the Velvet Underground, had a liver transplant last month, according to his wife, the musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson. “It’s as serious as it gets. He was…

Tar sands project suffers setback as British Columbia rejects pipeline

Canadian province rejects plan for Enbridge Northern Gateway, saying company failed to demonstrate adequate clean-up plan Efforts to expand production from the Alberta tar sands suffered a significant setback on Friday when the provincial government of British Columbia rejected a pipeline project because of environmental shortcomings. In a strongly worded…

Istanbul park demolition spurs protests across Turkey

By Constanze Letsch, The Guardian Demonstrations against Erdogan government in several cities as riot officers use tear gas to control protesters in Istanbul Turkey has been engulfed by a series of protests across several cities after riot police turned Istanbul’s busiest city centre hub into a battleground, deploying tear gas…

Latvia makes another attempt to catch hacker ‘Neo’

Latvia takes second crack at whistle-blowing 'hacker' Neo (via The Christian Science Monitor) Three years after his whistle-blowing “hack” of Latvian government information as the pseudonymous “Neo,” computer scientist Ilmars Poikans is back in prosecutors’ cross-hairs. In the spring of 2010, Mr. Poikans made headlines as “Neo” after he released…

Japanese researchers: New vaccine reduces malaria infection by 72 percent

A team of Japanese researchers say they have developed a vaccine that cuts the risk of malaria developing in humans by more than two-thirds. The disease, which is carried by parasite-bearing mosquitoes, kills around 650,000 people each year, mostly African children under five, according to the UN’s World Health Organisation…

U.S. levies sanctions on Iranian petrochemical industry

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry, vowing to target more of the Islamic regime’s sources of revenue after curbing its vital oil exports. Washington also announced action against companies based in Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates for support to Iranian entities accused…

Study shows general anesthesia increases dementia risk for elderly

General anaesthesia for the elderly boosts the risks of dementia by more than a third, according to a study by French doctors released on Friday. Researchers led by Francois Sztark at the University of Bordeaux in southwestern France analysed data from a long-term study into cognitive decline covering 9,300 elderly…

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