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Mexico wants kids to slim down

Mexico, second in obesity in the world after the United States, wants its children to cut down on the soft drinks and fatty foods that have made them the chubbiest kids in Latin America. Worried about the growing waistlines in schools, the public education ministry has launched a campaign to…

New study shows that boys are hitting puberty earlier

Recent research states boys are hitting puberty nearly six months to two years earlier now. Studies done years ago found similar results in girls.…

Argentina protest calls for more skate parks

Thousands of skateboarders stormed the central Plaza de Mayo in Argentina’s capital Saturday in a noisy demonstration to demand more public space for their sport. The demonstration — organized over social media networks — surprised police officers, who watched traffic get interrupted while protesters, mainly teenagers, shouting “skate, skate, skate”…

Congressman Peter King urges Obama to release Benghazi intel

A key US congressman has urged President Barack Obama to release the intelligence data that led US officials to describe the Benghazi, Libya attack as a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islam film and not premeditated terrorism. Obama, battling a tight race for re-election, has come under fire from Republicans who…

Hundreds of pilgrims evacuated as floods swamp Lourdes

Floods caused by days of non-stop rain in southwest France caused the closure of most of the Catholic sanctuary of Lourdes Saturday and the evacuation of hundreds of pilgrims, local authorities said. “We are evacuating all the hotels in the lower town,” an official from the regional prefecture told AFP.…

Tens of thousands rally in London against austerity

Government spending cuts brought some tens of thousands of people onto the streets of London and other British cities on Saturday in protest, with union leaders expected to call for a general strike. Marchers carried signs reading “No cuts” and “Tax justice not tax havens”, condemning the austerity measures introduced…

Libya ‘not fully liberated’ year after Kadhafi death

The new Libyan authorities said on Saturday the country has not yet been “fully” liberated, exactly a year since the killing of Moamer Kadhafi and against the backdrop of clashes in one of his last bastions. “The campaign to liberate the country has not been fully completed,” Mohammed Megaryef, the…

Obama urges Congress to pass ‘no-brainer’ mortgage relief

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to pass a mortgage plan to help troubled homeowners refinance their loans and save $3,000 a year. “It’s a plan that we know will work,” the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “It has the support of independent, non-partisan economists…

Obama, Romney gear up for final debate

US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, on Saturday began preparing for their final debate, with Obama hunkering down at Camp David and Romney staying in Florida. The third and last of their debates is scheduled for Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. On Friday,…

Lebanon reeling after deadly Syria-linked blast

Lebanon was reeling Saturday after a top security official was killed in a bombing that was blamed on Syria and also raised fears the country is being sucked into the war ravaging its neighbour. The authorities have called a day of national mourning for those killed in Friday’s powerful rush-hour…

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