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Living in U.S. raises risk of allergies

Children born outside the United States have a lower risk of asthma, skin and food allergies, and living in the United States for a decade or more may raise the risk of some allergies, said a study Monday. The research in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that…

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had links to slain radical militants: Russian newspaper

One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings had made links with two figures in the Islamist anti-Kremlin insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, both of whom were killed by Russian security forces, a security source said Monday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was himself killed during his capture…

Palestinian Christians urge pope to oppose Bethlehem wall

Palestinian Christians near Bethlehem on Monday urged Pope Francis to speak up against an Israeli decision to build its controversial separation barrier on a route they say would cut off their community. “We cry to your Holiness with a feeling of despair and urgency in order to keep alive our…

Kobe Bryant praises Jason Collins: Don’t suffocate who you are

NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash on Monday led a throng of players and celebrities offering support for Jason Collins, after the veteran center made the landmark revelation that he is gay. Collins, who played for Boston and Washington this past season but who is now a free agent,…

U.S. calls on North Korea to release American ‘immediately’

The United States on Monday urged North Korea to free a US citizen on “humanitarian grounds” as it sought to pin down the charges against him ahead of a planned trial by Pyongyang. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Saturday Pae Jun-Ho, known in the US as…

Europe’s Herschel telescope bows out after successful mission

Europe’s deep-space Herschel telescope has given up the ghost — running out of coolant after a successful mission to observe the birth of stars and galaxies, the European Space Agency said Monday. “Herschel has made over 35,000 scientific observations, amassing more than 25,000 hours’ worth of science data from about…

Mediterranean diet found to reduce risk of dementia

A Mediterranean-style diet packed with fish, chicken and olive oil and low on fatty dairy products and meat may lower the risk of memory problems later in life, a large US study said on Monday. But the beneficial effects of eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids do not…

Former presidential candidate Mike Gravel and ex-congressmen lend credibility to UFO conspiracy event

Only little green men at National Press Club are dead presidents on $20,000 honorariums paid to committee members If there are extraterrestrial rewards for perseverance, the organisers of the UFO conspiracy hearings that are under way at the National Press Club in Washington this week deserve a visit from space. Five former…

Five doctors jailed in Kosovo for illegal organ harvesting and transplants

An EU-led court in Kosovo on Monday sentenced five doctors to up to eight years in prison for illegal organ harvesting and transplants. Former Kosovo health minister Ilir Rrecaj — who admitted during the trial that he knew that illegal kidney transplants were carried out at the Medicus clinic in…

French ministers warn socalists against picking fight with Germany

Top French ministers warned Monday against picking a fight with Germany after their Socialist Party accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of being “selfish” in her drive for eurozone austerity. With Franco-German relations already at their lowest level in years, senior government officials sought to head off further tensions with Berlin over…

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