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Holocaust documentary raises questions of Jewish guilt

When your enemy is sworn to exterminate every one of you, can you — should you — try to cut a deal with him to at least save some lives knowing that others are doomed? The question lies at the heart of a new documentary by Claude Lanzmann, author of…

HIV vaccine efforts face several years of ‘void’ after latest setback

The hunt for an HIV vaccine has gobbled up $8 billion in the past decade, and the failure of the most recent efficacy trial has delivered yet another setback to 26 years of efforts. With the next attempts expected to be years away, top researchers now say there is a…

Al Jazeera faces uphill battle with planned U.S. launch

Can Al-Jazeera win hearts and minds in America? The pan-Arab news giant is laying the groundwork for the launch of Al-Jazeera America after its purchase of Current TV, a struggling US cable channel. It will likely face an uphill battle for viewers but could solidify its journalistic brand, analysts say.…

Russia retrieves mice and newts from space in preparation for Mars mission

A Russian capsule filled with 45 mice and 15 newts along with other small animals returned from a month’s mission in orbit on Sunday with data scientists hope will pave the way for a manned flight to Mars. Russian Mission Control said the Bion-M craft landed softly with the help…

Kuwait deports ‘hundreds’ for traffic offenses

Kuwait has deported hundreds of expats for traffic offences in the past month, a report said on Sunday, drawing condemnation from a human rights group. The Al-Anbaa newspaper cited a senior interior ministry official as saying that as many as 1,258 foreigners have been deported for traffic violations since a…

Egypt police shut passage to Israel due to abductions

Egyptian police closed a commercial passage with Israel on Sunday in support of colleagues who shut down a crossing with Gaza to protest the abduction of policemen, state media reported. The protesters say the commercial Al-Ouga crossing between Egypt and Israel will remain closed until three policemen and four soldiers…

North Korea test-fires another short-range missile amid military drill

North Korea Sunday test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast, its fourth in two days, despite pleas from South Korea and the UN chief to halt the launches at a time of high tensions. The guided missile was fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Sunday afternoon,…

Saudi man ‘spared paralysis sentence’

A Saudi man escaped a sentence of paralysis for stabbing and paralysing another man by offering him compensation, media reported on Sunday, although the authorities have denied issuing the punishment. The sentence was dropped after the family of Mohammed al-Hazim, 26, accepted one million riyals ($270,000) in compensation from the…

Briton accused of slitting throats of two young children in France

French police were on Sunday questioning a 48-year-old divorced Briton arrested on suspicion of slitting the throats of his two young children, judicial officials said. The bodies of the two children aged five and 10 were discovered on Saturday afternoon in his apartment in Saint-Priest, a southeastern suburb of the…

Google’s Eric Schmidt denies company avoided British taxes

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Sunday defended the US Internet giant’s tax arrangements after claims it has unethically dodged paying vast amounts of British tax. Writing in Britain’s Observer newspaper, Schmidt insisted that Google “has always aspired to do the right thing” and that the company pays “significant” amounts…

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