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Double mastectomy can dramatically reduce genetic cancer risk

Women whose genes put them at a high risk of contracting breast cancer can dramatically reduce the danger by having a double mastectomy — but not eliminate it altogether, experts say. The issue has been thrown into the spotlight with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had her breasts…

Kenyan protesters unleash mob of piglets on ‘greedy’ lawmakers

Kenyan demonstrators released two dozen piglets at the gates of parliament and poured blood on the pavement Tuesday to protest demands by newly elected lawmakers for a wage hike. Police, who fired tear gas to disperse the protestors and beat others with truncheons, scurried after the pigs as they scampered…

Russia detains alleged undercover CIA agent in Moscow

Russia on Tuesday said it had detained an alleged American CIA agent who was working undercover at the US embassy and was discovered with a large stash of money as he was trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB, ex-KGB) identified the man Ryan C.…

World’s largest HIV treatment program finally reducing AIDS-related deaths in South Africa

One in ten South Africans is HIV positive but AIDS-related deaths are falling as ramped-up treatment begins to have an impact, the country’s official statistics agency said Tuesday. After years of dragging its heels on the HIV/AIDS crisis, since 2004 South Africa has developed the world’s largest HIV treatment programme.…

Google head Larry Page to remain in job despite paralyzed vocal chord

Google co-founder and chief Larry Page disclosed Tuesday that one of his vocal cords is partially paralyzed but that it will not stop him from running the Internet colossus. “Thankfully, after some initial recovery I’m fully able to do all I need to at home and at work, though my…

Top Brazilian court rules that there is no legal reason to deny same sex couples marriage licenses

A top judicial panel cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Brazil Tuesday, ruling that gay couples could not be denied marriage licenses. The National Council of Justice, which oversees the Brazilian judicial system and is headed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, said government offices that issue…

SARS-like virus kills 15 and infections still rising in Saudi Arabia

Four more cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said, raising the number of people infected from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 28, including 15 fatalities. The four cases were registered in Eastern Province, which has been gripped by panic after…

17-year cicada hordes begin to emerge in eastern United States

The hordes are rising. A cicada invasion is imminent in the US, with millions of the large cricket-like insects poised to emerge from the earth after 17 years lying in wait. The first of the bugs that are expected to blanket the US east coast have already been spotted in…

Iraqi province to replace James McCormick’s fake bomb detectors with 30 police dogs

Police in Dhi Qar are to replace fake bomb detectors bought from a now jailed British businessman with sniffer dogs, the police chief of the southern Iraqi province said on Tuesday. “We decided to buy 30 police dogs to strengthen security checkpoints and detection of explosives… replacing the explosives detection…

Prosecutor demands jail time for executive who knowingly sold dangerous breast implants

A French prosecutor on Tuesday called for the founder of a firm whose faulty breast implants sparked a global health scare to be given a four-year prison sentence on fraud charges. In closing arguments at the trial in Marseille, prosecutor Jacques Dallest also called for PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas to…

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