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Prime Minister signed for the pandas upon their arrival in Toronto

Canada welcomed two cute and furry ambassadors on Monday — giant pandas on loan from China for 10 years to mark a warming of Sino-Canadian ties. Er Shun and Da Mao landed in Toronto after a nearly 24-hour journey from the Research Base For Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China,…

Arkansas governor cites ‘government bureaucracy’ in veto of voter ID bill

Legislation to require voters to provide identification before casting a ballot was vetoed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) on Monday. The governor noted the voter ID law was estimated to cost the state $300,000 to implement this year alone. Beebe also said the proposed law was unnecessary and potentially…

Scientists used modified T-cells to wipe out childhood leukemia in a little girl

US researchers on Monday reported encouraging success with a new type of immune cell therapy that wiped out leukemia in a young girl by using her own modified T cells to fight the cancer. The case study of Emily “Emma” Whitehead, age 7, offers hope for a new path against…

Italian tradition of ‘suspended coffee’ takes hold elsewhere in tough economic times

Can’t afford coffee? No matter. In Bulgaria, an old Italian tradition that sees good souls buying hot drinks for those who struggle to make ends meet has taken hold after weeks of tensions over deepening poverty. More than 150 cafes across Bulgaria have joined a goodwill initiative modelled on the…

Angelina Jolie, British foreign minister visit Rwanda, DRC to learn how to better protect women

Angelina Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague to visit Rwanda on Monday in a bid to encourage world powers to do more on tackling rape and sexual assault in war zones. Britain’s Foreign Office released a picture of the US film star and Hague getting off a British-flagged jet…

Yahoo buys mobile newsreader app Summly from 17-year-old London kid

Yahoo! announced plans Monday to buy mobile news reader app Summly from the London teenager who invented it, likely transforming him into one of the world’s youngest self-made multimillionaires. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal it struck with 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio, but the London Evening Standard…

Georgia woman offered free trip to retrieve camera lost in Hawai’i that washed up in Taiwan

A Taiwanese airline said Monday it has traced the American owner of a diving camera, which was lost in Hawaii in 2007 and was found last month on a Taiwan beach more than 6,000 miles (9,600 km) away. Flag carrier China Airlines said the owner of the Canon camera, identified…

Investigators launch probe into price-fixing of German beer

German antitrust authorities said on Monday that they had opened an investigation against several brewers over the suspected price fixing of beer. The Federal Cartel Office “is investigating several breweries,” a spokeswoman for the office told AFP, confirming a report in Focus news weekly. “As it’s a procedure that is…

16,000 dead pigs washed up so far along Yangtze River around Shanghai

Shanghai said the end of an embarrassing pollution case which saw dead pigs floating down the city’s main river was in sight, with the total number recovered now standing at more than 16,000. “The city’s water territory has already basically finished the work of fishing out the floating dead pigs,”…

Fedex shipping two adorable pandas China to Toronto

Fedex was expected on Monday to ship two pandas from China to Canada as part of an agreement signed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and China’s former President Hu Jintao. Er Shun, a 5-year-old female, and Da Mao, a 4-year-old male, will spend five years at the Toronto Zoo…

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