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United Nations: We must tackle taboos that sideline women for menstruation

Aid agencies and governments must tackle the taboos surrounding menstruation as sidelining the issue undermines the quality of life of women and girls, chiefly in poor nations, a UN body said Wednesday. Poor education about menstruation, lack of access to sanitary napkins and painkillers for cramps, and inadequate washing and…

Inspector general report: U.S. cannot account for $1.7 billion spent in Iraq

After invading Iraq ten years ago, the United States spent $60 billion on a vast reconstruction effort that left behind few successes and a litany of failures, an auditor’s report said Wednesday. The ambitious plan to transform the country after the fall of Saddam Hussein has been marked by half-finished…

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu asks U.S. to lift ban on BP contracts

Ban imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency last November prevents BP from securing sensitive federal contracts A Lousiana senator has called on the US government to lift the ban that prevents BP from securing sensitive federal contracts, even as the state sues the oil firm for the environmental damage caused by the…

News Corp. unveils educational tablet Amplify

News Corp. took the wraps off its new tablet computer for the school market Wednesday, saying the device would use “digital innovation to transform teaching and learning.” Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate showed the Amplify device at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, after having announced plans in July.…

Researchers find sex cures migraines as well as medication

MUNSTER (Germany), March 6 — Pounding headache? Sex could cure what ails you just as well as medication, a new study from the University of Munster finds. Researchers recruited 800 migraine sufferers and 200 cluster headache sufferers. While findings are preliminary, results showed that more than half of the migraine…

Ahead of papal conclave, U.S. cardinals scrap press briefings over concern of leaks

The Vatican on Wednesday urged “greater reserve” ahead of the conclave to elect a new pope, as US cardinals scrapped their daily press briefings saying that “concern was expressed about leaks”. US cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, had been due…

Private sector adds 198,000 new jobs in February, payroll firm says

The US private sector added about 198,000 new jobs in February, down from January but a bit better than the average of the last six months, payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday. The number was down from January’s 215,000, but that figure had been revised upward from the initial estimate by…

Twitter hack reveals Africa may be ‘soft underbelly’ of cyber security

Hackers have claimed the scalp of the South African Ministry of State Security’s Twitter account, underlining concerns that Africa may be the soft underbelly of global cyber security. As part of what was described as a large-scale attack spammers hijacked the @StateSecurityRS account to advertise a “miracle diet” before officials…

Chinese couples increasingly seek divorce to avoid property tax

Chinese couples are flocking to divorce to avoid a new tax property sales tax imposed by the government, after it left open a loophole for those who end their marriages. Government marriage registration offices — which also handle divorces — were swamped by scores of couples trying to untie the…

New data shows Eurozone sinking deeper into recession

The 17-nation eurozone sank further into recession in the last three months of 2012 as the debt crisis continued to exact a heavy price, official data showed Wednesday. The eurozone economy shrank 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the third quarter when it contracted 0.1 percent,…

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