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UN scientists warn of massive jellyfish overpopulation in the Mediterranean

The United Nations on Thursday warned overfishing in the Mediterranean was boosting jellyfish, which reduce stocks further and it called for jellyfish to be used in food, medicine and cosmetics. A study by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome said overfishing had increased the number of jellyfish…

High doses of pain-killers such as ibuprofen ‘can cause heart attack’

High doses of some commonly used pain-killing drugs like ibuprofen can increase heart attacks, strokes and related deaths by about a third, a study warned on Thursday. The drugs, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are widely used to manage pain caused by inflammatory disorders. “NSAIDs are very commonly used…

El Salvador’s Supreme Court denies life-saving abortion to woman

El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against allowing a 22-year-old woman to terminate her pregnancy to save her life, according to the Associated Press. In a 4-1 vote, the judges upheld the country’s strict abortion laws even though the woman’s fetus is missing most of its brain due to a…

Ecuador’s top diplomat to visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said he would travel to London to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, living at Ecuador’s embassy for nearly a year to avoid extradition. Patino told the ECTV public television channel Wednesday that he would deliver asylum documents to Assange during the visit, his first…

Apple to ease dependence on Foxconn: report

Apple is easing its dependence on contract electronics colossus Foxconn by enlisting Pegatron to assemble a low-cost iPhone it is planning, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Taiwan-based Foxconn had the enviable position of cranking out nearly all of the California company’s iPhones and iPad tablet computers but Apple chief…

U.S. soldier to confess to Afghan civilian massacre to avoid death penalty

A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers last year will plead guilty in exchange for escaping the death penalty, his lawyer said. Sergeant Robert Bales is due to face a court-martial in September on charges including 16 counts of murder, six of attempted murder and seven of assault…

Ricin-laced letters sent to Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group

Letters suspected of being laced with the deadly poison ricin were sent last week to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to an official with the gun law lobby that he supports, police said Wednesday. The letters were opened in New York on Friday and by the director of the…

Attorney General Eric Holder to meet with press over leak investigations

Attorney General Eric Holder will meet with US news organizations after an uproar caused by the Justice Department secretly obtaining phone records of reporters while investigating news leaks. Guidelines for investigations involving journalists are to be discussed, Holder’s office said Wednesday. Holder “will hold meetings with several Washington bureau chiefs…

Newsweek up for sale yet again: report

Newsweek, the longtime news magazine which ended its print publication last year in favor of digital, is up for sale again, according to a leaked memo seen Wednesday. The first report on the possible sale came from Variety, which quoted unnamed sources familiar with the intentions of parent company IAC.…

Bird ancestor reclaims its branch on tree of life

Venerated for 150 years as the forebear of all birds until being relegated two years ago to the common class of winged dinosaurs, the Archaeopteryx was restored to its hallowed branch on the tree of life on Wednesday. A fossil find in China proved the winged creature was in fact…

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