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Autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia share common gene problem

Five major psychiatric disorders share a common problem in several faulty genes, according to the biggest study of its kind published on Thursday. In the widest trawl yet of genetic mutations linked with mental disorders, US-led researchers looked through the DNA code of 33,332 people with autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder…

Sugar caused global explosion in type 2 diabetes: study

Sugar is behind the global explosion in type 2 diabetes, say researchers who claim it plays a uniquely damaging role in causing a disease that experts fear could overwhelm the NHS. Obesity is usually cited as the main driver of diabetes. But a new study by US medical researchers identifies…

Pentagon forced to release documents on WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning

The US Army published dozens of documents online Wednesday in the case of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, after media outlets and other groups had criticized a lack of transparency. The move came in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to the case against Manning, who stands…

Canada’s top court upholds hate speech ban

Canada’s top court on Wednesday upheld a ban on hate speech contested by a Christian anti-gay activist, but struck down a section of the law also prohibiting belittling or ridiculing others. The Supreme Court said in its decision that the hate speech ban “is a reasonable limit on freedom of…

Francis Bacon’s studio bric-a-brac on show in Brussels

As Ireland helms the troubled EU, bric-a-brac from the studio of Irish-born artist Francis Bacon, who came to exemplify angst in 20th century Europe, goes on show in Brussels this week. Photos of a zebra carcass and an elephant foetus, of artist friends Lucian Freud and Salvador Dali, as well…

Israel police probe apparent hate attack on Arab woman

Israeli police on Wednesday confirmed they were investigating an apparent hate crime against an Arab woman in Jerusalem and said a policeman had been dismissed after praising the attack on Facebook. The attack took place on Monday at one of the light rail stops in west Jerusalem, with an Israeli…

Music piracy continuing to decline: report

Illegal music downloading by American consumers fell last year, continuing a trend from 2005, a survey showed. The survey from NPD Group found that the number of consumers using peer-to-peer services to download music declined 17 percent in 2012. When file sharing peaked in 2005, one in five Internet users…

New sanctions on Iran introduced to Congress

US lawmakers were introducing legislation Wednesday that would tighten sanctions on Iran, even as Tehran agreed to future talks with world powers over its contested nuclear drive. The bipartisan House bill would allow President Barack Obama to impose penalties on foreign entities that provide Iran with goods to help maintain…

Barack Obama to meet with congressional leaders over sequester

President Barack Obama will summon US congressional leaders to the White House on Friday, the day across-the-board spending cuts that may badly dent the economic recovery come into force. The talks, at the height of a political standoff, will group Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch…

Benedict will head to Italian villa immediately following papal retirement

Once he steps down on Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm. Benedict will spend around two months in the palace, which is perched high on a…

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