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China, India and Pakistan beefing up nuclear arsenals

Three of the world’s nuclear powers — China, India and Pakistan — have increased their arsenals over the past year, while the other five have cut their strength or kept it stable, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Monday. China now has 250 nuclear warheads against 240 in 2012,…

New drug extends the lives of cervical cancer patients

A new cervical cancer drug offers the first good hope of extending life for women with advanced stages of the disease, according to a study published Sunday. Existing chemotherapy regimes are largely ineffective against advanced stages of cervical cancer, which kills 250,000 women worldwide every year. That’s why early screening…

Simple vinegar test can prevent cervical cancer deaths: study

A simple vinegar test could prevent 73,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwide each year, the authors of a large-scale study of women in India said Sunday. Wealthy countries have managed to reduce cervical cancer deaths by 80 percent thanks to the widespread use of regular Pap smears. But cervical cancer…

Iran’s eight presidential hopefuls united in pursuing ‘peaceful atomic ambitions’

The eight candidates standing for president this month may differ on several issues, but when it comes to Iran’s nuclear drive they are united in pursuing what they see as its peaceful atomic ambitions. Whoever is elected president on June 14 to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic republic is unlikely…

Berlin company specializes in autistic IT experts

When German software giant SAP said last month it plans to employ hundreds of autistic people as IT experts, the news was welcomed especially at a small Berlin computer consulting firm. The pioneering company, Auticon, already employs 17 people who live with autism, the disorder characterised by difficulties with social…

Queen Elizabeth marks 60 years since coronation

Queen Elizabeth II was marking the 60th anniversary of her coronation in private on Sunday after indulging in her passion for horses with a day at the races. The 87-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip spent Saturday at the Epsom Derby, echoing the events of a year ago that…

Queen guitarist Brian May leads London march against badger culling

Queen guitarist Brian May led several hundred black-and-white-clad demonstrators through the streets of London on Saturday, urging the government to scrap plans to cull thousands of badgers. The cull, which started in two areas of southwest England on Saturday, will see up to 5,000 badgers killed in a bid to…

Weather agency spared from furloughs after rash of tornadoes

Forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) will not be forced to take furloughs during the summer hurricane season following the recent destruction caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma, CNN reported on Saturday. The NWS was part of the initial plan by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to impose…

Physician says Iraqi president can resume duties after stroke treatment

Iraq’s ailing President Jalal Talabani, who is being treated in Germany for a stroke, is recovering and will be able to fulfil his official duties upon his return, his doctor said on Saturday. The remarks are likely aimed at quashing recent calls, in particular from Iraq’s chief prosecutor, for the…

Mexico City pushes car-sharing to remedy chronic traffic jams

Car sharing: The next big thing in traffic-clogged Mexico City? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Car traffic on the streets of Veracruz, Mexico, November 2011. Diego Solorzano, a young entrepreneur, launched the country’s first car share initiative last June as an alternative to traffic-clogged Mexico City, something ‘in between public…

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