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WHO issues warning of SARS-like virus

WHO Issues Warning of SARS Like Virus in Middle East (via NewsLook) So far, the number of cases identified is small. But the fact it is so highly contagious, and has been brewing for months, has scientists concerned.…

Researchers find gene that can predict time of death

Researchers Find Gene That Can Predict Time of Death Researchers discovered a gene that determines what time of the day people die.…

Obama administration aims to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

The administration of President Barack Obama aims to keep around 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan after formal combat operations in that country end in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday. Citing unnamed senior US officials, the newspaper said the plan was in line with recommendations presented by General…

Catholic brother accused of sex crimes flees

A former Catholic brother wanted in Australia on more than 250 child sex charges was reported Monday to have fled New Zealand for Sri Lanka before his extradition could be secured. Bernard McGrath is facing 252 child sex charges in Australia relating to his time in church-run institutions in the…

In world’s most religious country, humanists rally for secular space

In world's most religious country, humanists rally for secular space In Ghana, where deeply held religious beliefs unite much of the population, a new group has formed around a shared disbelief in religion. The Humanist Association of Ghana practices a philosophy that is mostly unheard of in Ghana, which a…

‘Party train’ to link California and Las Vegas

While the future for cross-country high-speed rail in America is questionable, one company is working on a specialized kind of rail service: a “party train” linking San Bernadino County in California to Las Vegas, Nev., reported Newsy. The Las Vegas Railway Express has signed an agreement with Union Pacific to…

Chris Hayes: U.S. helps terrorism ‘brings strategic benefits’ in Middle East

Good news “can sometimes seem in short supply” in the Middle East, said Chris Hayes during his MSNBC show, Up with Chris Hayes. But a recent ceasefire was celebrated by many Gazans, although met with mixed opinion from Israelis, as 49 percent were opposed to the ceasefire. Gazan’s suffered over…

Palestinian cars vandalized in apparent ‘revenge’ hate crime

Palestinian cars were vandalised overnight in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a hate crime by rightwing Israeli extremists, victims and police said on Sunday. Eight vehicles belonging to the same family had their tyres slashed, and one was daubed with the slogan in Hebrew…

Oregon’s 7-year-old medical marijuana patient stirs controversy

Mykayla Comstock, a seven-year-old girl who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, has a medical marijuana license in Oregon and consumes strong capsules of the drug twice daily, reported The Oregonian. She is one of 2,201 cancer patients and one of 52 children allowed to use medical marijuana…

Germany’s Merkel eases Jewish concerns over circumcision ruling

Angela Merkel sought to ease the concerns of Germany’s Jews Sunday over a disputed ruling against circumcision as she became the first chancellor to address the Jewish community’s annual council meeting. “The respecting of religious ritual is a fundamental good,” she told the annual gathering of the Central Council of…

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