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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…

Forensic scientists find evidence that Richard III had intestinal worms

“Thy broken faith hath made the prey for worms,” evil Richard III is told by an accuser in Shakespeare’s drama. The outburst turns out to be true in more ways than the playwright could ever have imagined. Scientists have discovered that the hunchback king was infected with intestinal parasites, probably…

Researchers say Facebook friends are pushing teens toward risky behavior

Mom was probably right about this: hanging out with the wrong crowd on social networks like Facebook can encourage teens to engage in risky behaviors like drinking and smoking. A study released Tuesday concludes that teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook and Myspace…

Oklahoma inmate caught ‘keistering’ loaded gun into jail

An Oklahoma inmate got caught shooting his mouth off over the gun he smuggled into jail via his rectum, forcing him into both a hospital stay and an extended stay behind bars. KFOR-TV reported that authorities at the Oklahoma County jail were tipped off after Mark Gregory Valadez bragged to…

The price of progress: Economic growth pushes China’s diabetes level past U.S.

Almost 12 percent of adults in China had diabetes in 2010, with economic prosperity driving the disease to slightly higher proportions than in the United States, researchers said Tuesday. The overall prevalence of diabetes in China in 2010 was found to be 11.6 percent of adults — 12.1 percent in…

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