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Cancer study: Close monitoring of prostate tumors may make radiation, surgery unnecessary

Close monitoring of prostate cancer tumours may make radiation and surgery — which can cause incontinence and impotence — unnecessary, a new study has shown. Prostate cancer is one of the slowest-growing forms of the disease, and many men with tumours may never develop symptoms during their lifetime, meaning that…

French court rejects Google appeal against tax searches

A Paris appeals court has rejected a request by Internet search giant Google to invalidate the search and seizure of documents by French tax authorities, according to a copy of the decision obtained by AFP on Friday. The court rejected Google’s arguments against the 2012 tax raid and ordered the…

Dutch medical schools are asking for samples of travelers’ poop

Three top Dutch medical schools are asking thousands of travellers to tropical countries to donate stool samples on return for a study into the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. The combined study, launched this week by the Academic (AMC), Erasmus and Maastricht medical centres will focus on 2,000 travellers mainly…

Obama granted clemency to just 22, less than any modern president

By Dafna Linzer ProPublica A former brothel manager who helped the FBI bust a national prostitution ring. A retired sheriff who inadvertently helped a money launderer buy land. A young woman who mailed ecstasy tablets for a drug-dealing boyfriend, then worked with investigators to bring him down. All of them…

U.S. jobless rate ticks up slightly to 7.9 percent in October

WASHINGTON — The US unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October from 7.8 percent the prior month, the government said Friday in a highly anticipated report ahead of the November 6 election. Though the jobless rate ticked up a notch, the economy added 171,000 jobs in October, well above…

Israelis back Mitt Romney in upcoming presidential election but Palestinians are indifferent

Israel may be openly hoping that Republican challenger Mitt Romney will end up stealing the presidency from Barack Obama, but for the Palestinians it makes little difference who takes over the White House. With the US presidential race drawing to a close, Israelis have come out strongly in favour of…

Israel admits to 1988 Mossad assasination of ‘PLO No.2 Abu Jihad’: report

Israel has for the first time admitted assassinating the PLO’s former number two, Abu Jihad, in a raid on the movement’s Tunis headquarters in 1988, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The report, published in Israel’s top-selling Yediot Aharonot, said the operation was planned by the Mossad spy agency and carried…

Ambassador to Japan does damage control after U.S. serviceman allegedly attacks child on Okinawa

Washington’s envoy to Japan moved Friday into damage-control mode for the second time in a month after a soldier allegedly attacked a schoolboy on an island already angry over the US military presence. Ambassador John Roos appeared in front of television cameras pledging full cooperation after claims that a drunken…

Watch: Korean elephant ‘imitates human speech’ and has a vocabulary of several words

An elephant at a zoo in South Korea has learned to imitate human speech and has a vocabulary of several words, researchers said Friday. Koshik, a 22-year-old male Asian elephant at Everland zoo in Yongin, a city south of Seoul, greeted visiting journalists by “saying” choah (good) and nuo (lie…

Workers end strike at South Africa coal mine

Miners have ended a six-week strike and returned to work at the Mooiplaats coal mine in northeastern South Africa after the company agreed to a 26 percent pay increase, Coal of Africa said Friday. The legal strike had begun on September 25 and staff returned to work at the colliery…

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