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Taiwan vows to develop first vaccine against fatal H7N9 avian flu

Taiwan is scheduled to roll out its first vaccine against the H7N9 strain of avian flu in late 2014, after the island confirmed the first outbreak of the deadly virus earlier this year, researchers said Monday. Health authorities in Taiwan confirmed in April that a 53-year-old Taiwanese man, who had…

Nobel-winning economists celebrate by going back to school

Winning a Nobel prize was no excuse for cancelling class for two economics professors who were feted by the University of Chicago Monday. Eugene Fama didn’t even stick around for a champagne toast after a celebratory press conference attended by hundreds of faculty members and students. Fama, 74, was preparing…

Swiss researchers: Polonium findings ‘support the possibility’ Yasser Arafat died of poisoning

Polonium, the poison scientists suspect may be the cause of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death in 2004, is a highly radioactive material rarely found outside military and scientific circles. Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Arafat which “support the possibility” the veteran…

Israeli president Peres on Iran: ‘The facts contradict the speeches’

Shimon Peres says Israel and its allies must retain a firm stance on Iran until it can show it does not threaten regional stability, despite its election of Hassan Rouhani as president. In an interview published Monday by the Brazilian newspaper the Folha de Sao Paulo, the Israeli president poured…

Rare mosquito fossil shows female’s blood-filled belly

A unique 46-million-year-old mosquito fossil with a belly full of dried blood has been found in a Montana riverbed, US researchers said Monday. “It is an extremely rare fossil, the only one of its kind in the world,” said Dale Greenwalt, lead author of the study in the Proceedings of…

Republican and Democratic Senate leaders ‘optimistic’ on debt ceiling deal

Rival Republican and Democratic Senate leaders Monday said they were optimistic they could agree a deal to stave off a debt default that would shred US credibility and rock the global economy. Signs of hope emerged three days before a deadline to raise the US government’s borrowing limit and with…

Al Qaeda operative captured in Libya brought to U.S. to face trial

A Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect who was snatched from Tripoli by US commandos and interrogated on an American warship, has been brought to New York to face trial, a prosecutor said Monday. Anas al-Libi arrived in the United States at the weekend and was brought directly to New York, where he…

Small boy drowns aboard Carnival cruise ship near Miami

A family trip turned tragic as a six-year-old boy drowned in a pool aboard a Carnival cruise ship with his brother nearby, the company said Monday. “Yesterday, October 13, on board the Carnival Victory, while the ship was at sea on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise, a…

Nobel Economics laureate Robert Shiller: U.S. default ‘not the end of the world’

Nobel Economics laureate Robert Shiller, who on Monday shared the prize with two other economists, said he does not expect to see the US default on its debt. The Yale University professor said he was getting out of the shower and was not properly dressed when he heard by telephone…

Amar Kaleka, son of slain founder of Wisconsin Sikh temple, to challenge Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will face a new challenger in next year’s congressional election: Amar Kaleka, the son of one of the men murdered by a white supremacist at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin last year. Kaleka’s father, Satwant Singh Kalekah, was the temple’s founder, and his father’s murder galvanized…

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