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World’s first successful uterus transplant recipient is pregnant via in vitro fertilization

The first woman ever to receive a uterus from a deceased donor, is two-weeks pregnant following a successful embryo transplant, her doctors said on Friday. The 22-year-old Derya Sert was revealed to be almost two-weeks pregnant in preliminary results after in vitro fertilisation at Akdeniz University Hospital in Turkey’s southern…

Republican National Committee votes unanimously against marriage equality

The Republican National Committee (RNC) unanimously adopted resolutions against marriage equality on Friday, despite rising support for the idea among voters nationwide. The Washington Post reported that the resolutions, which were approved without debate, include one supporting marriage “as the union of one man and one woman, and as the…

Aides to Malawi’s president under fire after they issue statement attacking Madonna

Malawian President Joyce Banda has “reprimanded” aides who issued a scathing attack on Madonna that fuelled a very public spat with the pop star, a source at the presidency said Friday. She “reprimanded officers in the State House press department for issuing the statement without consulting her,” an official in…

Rumors of a Twitter music service abound after company aquires We Are Hunted software

Twitter said it acquired the emerging music software firm We Are Hunted, amid reports that the popular messaging platform was readying its own music service. “Welcome to Twitter! @wearehunted,” a tweet from the company said late Thursday. San Francisco-based We Are Hunted was launched in 2007 in Australia, and allows…

Boston’s Old South Church auctioning first book ever printed in the ‘New World’

A translation of Biblical psalms that was the first book ever printed in what became the United States goes on auction this November, with an expected price tag of $15-30 million, Sotheby’s said Friday in New York. The book is one of the best of the 11 surviving copies of…

Syrian rebels’ pledge of allegiance to al Qaeda complicates Western intervention strategies

The West is floundering over how to respond to Syria’s worsening civil war, especially after a leading Islamist rebel group pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, opposition officials and experts say. The move by the Al-Nusra Front this week has complicated efforts by US and European officials to come up with unified…

Scientists suggest ‘sustainable fish’ label actually misleads consumers

The world’s biggest scheme to certify that seafish come from sustainable sources has come under fire in a scientific journal, where researchers say the label is too generous and may “mislead” consumers. Writing in the journal Biological Conservation, a team of scientists say that objections made to the Marine Stewardship…

French ‘Senate’ votes to legalize same sex marriage

France’s upper house Senate voted Friday to adopt a law granting homosexual couples the right to marry, which has sparked widespread opposition and protests from conservatives and religious groups. The vote, by a show of hands, followed days of intense debate. The bill must still technically face a second reading…

Watchdog investigating whether free app games target children for commercial gains

A watchdog has launched an investigation into whether children face “unfair pressure” to spend money on apparently free web and app-based games, it said Friday. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is asking parents to get in touch with any examples of possible “commercially aggressive” practices which encourage children to…

N.H. police chief faces fine after teen kills self with his service weapon

A New Hampshire police chief could have to pay up to $1,000 in fines after a 15-year-old boy killed himself with the officer’s service weapon. Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons was expected to be charged with one count of negligent storage of a firearm on Friday for leaving his service…

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