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Obama moves towards sending military weapons to Somalia

President Barack Obama took the first step Monday toward providing US military assistance to Somali forces battling Islamist militants, after the easing of a UN arms embargo last month. Obama signed a determination stating that having the legal capacity to offer defense equipment to Somalia was in the national interest…

Trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law faces ‘stunning’ delay due to sequester cuts

The highly anticipated New York trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law could be delayed because his court-appointed lawyers have been hit by US budget cuts, they said Monday. Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan called the revelation that a package of US federal government cuts known as the sequester could imperil a…

Chelsea Clinton hints at entering politics

Just as speculation rises over Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, daughter Chelsea hinted Monday that she too could enter politics. With ex-president Bill Clinton as her father and the former secretary of state and would-be first female president as mother, Chelsea has politics in her blood. So far, the 33-year-old has…

Chuck Hagel: Reform military judicial system to combat sexual assault

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday said US commanders should be barred from overturning criminal convictions, in the wake of anger over a quashed guilty verdict in a sexual assault case. Under Hagel’s proposal, which would have to be approved by lawmakers, commanders would still have the power to alter…

Ben Bernanke: Economy ‘clearly still far from’ desired state

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the US economy still has far to go to recover to an acceptable state of health. “Today the economy is significantly stronger than it was four years ago, although conditions are clearly still far from where we would all like them to…

Argentines remember Margaret Thatcher as ‘cold, aggressive, and odious’

Argentines offered bitter reflections on Margaret Thatcher on Monday, portraying the late former British prime minister as a warmonger who prolonged the Falkands War for political ends. Several Argentine veterans of the 1982 conflict that provided Thatcher with one of her career’s defining chapters reacted with delight at news of…

Climate change predicted to cause more in-flight turbulence for passengers

Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilises air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners, climate scientists warned Monday. Already, atmospheric turbulence injures hundreds of airline passengers each year, sometimes fatally, damaging aircraft and costing the industry an estimated $150 million (115 million euros), scientists said. “Climate change is…

Research shows women find men with larger penises more attractive

The eternal question of whether penis size matters to women has been probed by a team of international scientists who reported on Monday that yes, ladies do find larger men more attractive. What’s more, prehistoric women who could see the sex organs of their scantily clad male counterparts may have…

New one-pill, $10-per-month anti-retroviral AIDS treatment debuts in South Africa

South Africa’s health minister on Monday launched a new single dose anti-AIDs drug which will simplify the world’s biggest HIV treatment regime to just one life-saving pill a day. The three-in-one combination anti-retroviral (ARV) was secured at a record-low price and will cost the state 89 rand a month ($10,…

HP launches ‘Moonshot’ energy- and space-efficient servers

Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched a Moonshot system that uses smartphone-style chips to power compact, efficient data center servers. The California-based computer maker said Moonshot systems take up a fifth of the space of traditional computer servers and can cut energy use by as much as 89 percent while costing about…

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