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Medical research on animals often biased, scientists warn

Medical research that uses animals to test therapies for human brain disorders is often biased, claiming positive results and then failing in human trials, US researchers said Tuesday. The findings by John Ioannidis and colleagues at Stanford University could help explain why many treatments that appear to work in animals…

Glee star Cory Monteith died from heroin, alcohol mix

Cory Monteith, the Canadian star of the hit TV musical series “Glee”, died of an apparent overdose of heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia coroner’s office said Tuesday. The 31-year-old Monteith, who had struggled in the past with substance abuse and checked into a rehab facility in April, was found…

Eric Holder calls for review of self-defense laws after George Zimmerman’s acquittal

Eric Holder, the US attorney general, launched an attack Tuesday on self-defence laws he said encouraged more violence, and used George Zimmerman’s acquittal over the murder of Trayvon Martin as a backdrop to call for a deeper debate about issues of race and gun controls. Addressing the annual convention of…

Want less time in purgatory? Follow Pope Francis on Twitter, says Vatican

In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets. The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory…

Liz Cheney to challenge Republican senator of Wyoming

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney hopes to defeat U.S. Senator Mike Enzi in next year’s Republican primary in Wyoming. In a video announcing her candidacy, the Fox News contributor attacked President Barack Obama on a wide range of issues, including the federal debt, health care, gun rights…

Panama’s president tweets photo of suspected North Korea weapons cache

Panama called Tuesday for UN investigators to inspect a shipment of suspected weapons parts aboard a North Korean-flagged ship as it tried to enter the Panama Canal last week. President Martinelli tweeted a photo of the suspected weapons cache, which weapons experts have identified as an ageing Soviet-built radar control…

British scientists use urine to charge cell phone

British scientists on Tuesday reported they had harnessed the power of urine and were able to charge a mobile phone with enough electricity to send texts and surf the Internet. Researchers from the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south west England said they had created a fuel…

Microsoft seeks to disclose details of national security data requests

Microsoft said Tuesday it had asked the US government for permission to disclose details of how it handles national security data requests, citing “inaccuracies” in recent media reports. Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said the company had asked the US attorney general “to personally take action to permit Microsoft and…

Faith leaders vow to overturn ‘Stand your ground’ laws

African-American faith leaders vowed Tuesday to harness anger over the Trayvon Martin case to overturn “stand-your-ground” laws and reassert the case for greater civil rights. Speaking outside Department of Justice headquarters, Reverend Al Sharpton announced a National Justice for Trayvon Day for Saturday with rallies outside federal buildings and court…

Prominent gay rights activist tortured and killed in Cameroon

Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent LGBT activist and journalist in Cameroon, was found dead in his home on Monday, according to Human Rights Watch. Friends became suspicious after being unable to reach him by telephone for several days. When they visited his home in the capital of Yaoundé, they found…

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