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U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014

Huge numbers of weapons and vehicles and tense relations with nearby countries make task more daunting than Iraq pullout Fighting wars is expensive, but so is winding them down. As the US prepares to ship most of its weapons, vehicles and other equipment home after more than a decade in…

Sunken Nazi U-boat discovered off Norwegian coast by state oil company

The wreck of a German World War II submarine that was sunk with 48 people on board has been found off Norway’s coast during work on an oil pipe, a maritime museum official said Monday. The “U-486″ was torpedoed and broken in two by a British submarine in April 1945…

New report says there are still no federal safety standards for nation’s bioterror defense labs

US labs that research bioterror germs such as anthrax are at risk for accidents because they do not have uniform building and operation standards, a Congressional investigative group said on Monday. A lack of oversight has persisted despite a 2009 report by the Government Accountability Office on the same topic,…

Prime Minister signed for the pandas upon their arrival in Toronto

Canada welcomed two cute and furry ambassadors on Monday — giant pandas on loan from China for 10 years to mark a warming of Sino-Canadian ties. Er Shun and Da Mao landed in Toronto after a nearly 24-hour journey from the Research Base For Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China,…

Arkansas governor cites ‘government bureaucracy’ in veto of voter ID bill

Legislation to require voters to provide identification before casting a ballot was vetoed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) on Monday. The governor noted the voter ID law was estimated to cost the state $300,000 to implement this year alone. Beebe also said the proposed law was unnecessary and potentially…

Scientists used modified T-cells to wipe out childhood leukemia in a little girl

US researchers on Monday reported encouraging success with a new type of immune cell therapy that wiped out leukemia in a young girl by using her own modified T cells to fight the cancer. The case study of Emily “Emma” Whitehead, age 7, offers hope for a new path against…

Italian tradition of ‘suspended coffee’ takes hold elsewhere in tough economic times

Can’t afford coffee? No matter. In Bulgaria, an old Italian tradition that sees good souls buying hot drinks for those who struggle to make ends meet has taken hold after weeks of tensions over deepening poverty. More than 150 cafes across Bulgaria have joined a goodwill initiative modelled on the…

Angelina Jolie, British foreign minister visit Rwanda, DRC to learn how to better protect women

Angelina Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague to visit Rwanda on Monday in a bid to encourage world powers to do more on tackling rape and sexual assault in war zones. Britain’s Foreign Office released a picture of the US film star and Hague getting off a British-flagged jet…

Yahoo buys mobile newsreader app Summly from 17-year-old London kid

Yahoo! announced plans Monday to buy mobile news reader app Summly from the London teenager who invented it, likely transforming him into one of the world’s youngest self-made multimillionaires. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal it struck with 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio, but the London Evening Standard…

Georgia woman offered free trip to retrieve camera lost in Hawai’i that washed up in Taiwan

A Taiwanese airline said Monday it has traced the American owner of a diving camera, which was lost in Hawaii in 2007 and was found last month on a Taiwan beach more than 6,000 miles (9,600 km) away. Flag carrier China Airlines said the owner of the Canon camera, identified…

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