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Red wine compound resveratrol could aid prostate cancer treatment

Resveratrol, a compound found commonly in red wine, can make prostate tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, according to a preliminary research published in the Journal of Andrology and Cancer Science. “Other studies have noted that resveratrol made tumor cells more susceptible to chemotherapy, and we wanted to see…

Talks due on status of U.S. troops in Afghanistan: official

KABUL — Crucial negotiations on the status of US forces remaining in Afghanistan after the NATO withdrawal in 2014 will begin in Kabul this week, the foreign ministry said Sunday. A key element of any agreement will be the question of immunity for US troops from prosecution in local courts.…

Israel ‘prepared to escalate’ over Gaza violence

JERUSALEM — Israel is “prepared to escalate” its response to Palestinian rocket fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday, after one of the worst flare-ups along its border with Gaza in recent years. “The army is acting and will act forcefully against the terror organisations in the Gaza Strip.…

Ecuador’s President Correa to run for third term

Ecuador President Rafael Correa officially announced Saturday that he would run for a third term in February elections — a contest in which he is expected to be the runaway favorite. “We are in the process of making history, and we will once again carry the citizens’ revolution to victory,”…

Kuwait celebrates constitution with record-breaking fireworks display

Kuwait on Saturday marked the golden jubilee of its constitution with a spectacular $15-million fireworks display which earned the wealthy Gulf state a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. “I am happy to verify that with 77,282 fireworks, a new Guinness world record has been set tonight” in…

Obama to get reelection gift of truffle weighing more than a kilo

A small Italian village renowned for its white truffles announced Saturday it would give US President Barack Obama a record specimen weighing in at more than a kilo as a reelection present. “A 1.012-kg truffle from Acqualagna will be gifted to the President of the United States Barack Obama to…

Two Afghan soldiers attack US-led NATO forces

Two Afghan soldiers attacked US-led NATO forces (ISAF) in western Afghanistan on Saturday — injuring a Spanish soldier — in the latest “insider” attack in the country, officials said. An ISAF spokesman in Kabul said that the attack by two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, one of whom died, occurred…

Apple pays Swiss rail $21million over clock dispute: report

US tech giant Apple has dished out 20 million Swiss francs ($21 million, 17 million euros) to compensate Swiss national rail operator SBB for using its famous clock without permission, a Swiss daily reported Saturday. The company agreed in October to pay the lump sum so it could continue using…

China plans manned space launch in 2013

China is aiming to launch its next manned space mission as early as June 2013, state media reported Saturday, as the country steps up its ambitious exploration programme. The Shenzhou-10, with three crew members, is aiming for a primary launch window in June, Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of the manned…

Gazans killed, Israeli soldiers wounded in clashes

Two Palestinians were killed on Saturday and more than 20 others wounded in Israeli shelling, Palestinian sources said, as clashes erupted along the border in which three soldiers were also hurt. “Two Palestinians were killed and 22 others wounded, six of them seriously,” said spokesman Yahya Khader of the Hamas…

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