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European men grew 4.4 inches since 1870

The average height of European men rose by 11 centimetres (4.4 inches) between 1870 and 1980, an unprecedented spurt linked mainly to better health, a study published on Monday says. The estimate is garnered from military, medical and other records from 15 countries for young adult males aged around 21.…

Everyone’s talking about ‘Molly’ — a deadly designer drug

Everybody is talking about Molly, but few aside from the young, hip and famous knew who she was until the death of two people at a New York music festival this weekend. The sweet-sounding name belongs to an Ecstasy-like designer drug that is being blamed for the deaths of Olivia…

Iron supplements found not to increase risk of malaria

Global health experts have warned against giving iron supplements in areas where malaria is rampant, but a study Tuesday found no rise in cases of the mosquito-borne disease among children who took iron. However, hospital visits for severe diarrhea episodes were significantly higher among children in Ghana given extra iron,…

Oxford researchers determine timeline for rise of Egypt’s early dynasties

Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state. Experts have wrangled for decades as to when turbulent upper and lower Egypt were brought together under a stable, single ruler for the…

Jewish group protests Berlin staging of Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall’

A Jewish group Tuesday protested Berlin’s Olympic Stadium hosting Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters’ rock opera “The Wall”, which features an inflatable pig with a Star of David, as “anti-Semitic cheap propaganda”. The show, which is touring large open-air stadiums across Europe and is due in the German capital Wednesday,…

‘Diana The Hunter’ takes credit for vigilante bus driver killings in Mexico

Authorities are seeking a woman accused of killing two bus drivers in northern Mexico amid claims that the murders were committed by a vigilante avenging rapes, officials said Tuesday. Local media have received an anonymous message signed by “Diana, the hunter,” claiming to act as “an instrument of vengeance” for…

Follow-up study confirms that circumcision can reduce men’s HIV risk

A follow-up probe into the use of circumcision to thwart the AIDS virus has confirmed that foreskin removal greatly reduces the risk of HIV infection for men. So say a team led by French researcher Bertran Auvert, whose pioneering work, unveiled in 2006, helped unleash a circumcision campaign in AIDS-hit…

Kodak comes out of bankruptcy focusing on technology

A slimmed-down Kodak announced Tuesday that it had emerged from bankruptcy protection and would specialize in technology focused on imaging for businesses. Kodak, during the 20-month bankruptcy reorganization, divested many of its most iconic businesses, including its retail film products, its photography paper products and some 105,000 kiosks worldwide. The…

Chelsea Manning files bid for Obama pardon: lawyer

Lawyers for Chelsea Manning filed a request for a pardon from President Barack Obama on Tuesday following the soldier’s 35-year jail sentence for the biggest intelligence leak in US history. “Private Manning’s pardon request was filed today by our office,” attorney David Coombs said on Twitter. The lawyer had indicated…

Peru devotes $35 million to protect coffee farmers from fungus

Peru’s anti-drug strategy hinges on persuading farmers to grow coffee instead of coca, the raw material of cocaine, but low prices and plant disease are getting in the way. President Ollanta Humala’s government is allocating $35 million to help coffee growers pay off debts and cope with “la roya,” a…

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