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Japanese researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells

Researchers in Japan said Wednesday they have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time in a potential breakthrough for millions with damaged organs who are dependent on dialysis. Kidneys have a complex structure that is not easily repaired once damaged, but the latest findings…

Sec. of State Clinton’s tour to near end with Benghazi testimony

Hillary Rodham-Clinton will make one of her last major appearances as US secretary of state when she testifies to lawmakers on Wednesday about a deadly militant attack on a US mission in Libya. Despite keeping a decidedly low profile after a long period of ill health in her final weeks…

Comic novel imagining Hitler return is bestseller in Germany

Eighty years after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, a novel that imagines his return to modern-day Berlin has become a bestseller in Germany, though a comedy about the Fuehrer is not to everyone’s taste. Instead of committing suicide in his bunker on April 30, 1945, in “He’s Back” (Er Ist…

Netanyahu wins narrow victory in Israeli elections

Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud-Beitenu list won a narrow victory in legislative elections but was weakened by the unexpectedly strong showing by the centrist Yesh Atid, which campaigned on economic issues. The result is likely to cramp Netanyahu’s room for manoeuvre vis-a-vis his future coalition partners. Television exit polls showed Netanyahu’s…

Biden undecided on 2016 White House bid

US Vice President Joe Biden says he has not made up his mind yet on whether he will run for the top job in 2016 — a prospect that could entail a clash with Hillary Clinton. Biden told CNN that neither he nor the outgoing secretary of state had yet…

Epilepsy drug has long-term effect on child IQ: study

A drug found to affect the cognitive ability of toddlers born to women who took the medication for epilepsy has a longer-term impact on their IQ, a study said on Wednesday. Researchers in the United States carried out follow-up tests among the same group of children whose investigation in 2009…

General John Allen cleared in misconduct probe

The Pentagon has cleared the top US commander in Afghanistan of wrongdoing over emails with a woman tied to the scandal that forced CIA director David Petraeus to resign, a US official said Tuesday. The Defense Department’s inspector general completely exonerated General John Allen, the outgoing chief of US-led forces…

Outrage grows as records reveal bishops covered-up California sex abuse

Victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clerics voiced anger after newly-released records showed church leaders discussing how to cover up priests’ alleged crimes in California in the 1980s. Prosecutors also said they wanted to study the previously confidential records, including exchanges involving then Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony…

Rhode Island House panel unanimously approves marriage equality bill

Rhode Island is one step closer to becoming the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriages. The state House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation on Tuesday that would make marriage rights and benefits available to same-sex couples. The bill could be voted on by the full House as soon as Thursday.…

New York Hasidic leader gets 103 years for abuse

A leader of an Orthodox Jewish sect in New York was sentenced Tuesday to 103 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl, capping a scandal that lifted the lid on the Hasidic group’s parallel society. Nechemya Weberman, a prominent figure in the ultra-strict Satmar branch of Hasidic Jews,…

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