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Study of new mutations may show how cancers grow

Scientists have discovered two new genetic mutations that occur together in 71 percent of malignant melanoma tumors, an aggressive and deadly cancer of the skin, a study said. The mutations, detected in a part of the cancer genome that controls genes but not in the genes themselves, could aid understanding…

J.J. Abrams to direct new ‘Star Wars’ film

Sci-fi and action filmmaker J.J. Abrams has been tapped to direct a seventh “Star Wars” movie expected to be released by Disney in 2015, a Hollywood trade publication reported. After purchasing “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’s Lucasfilm for $4 billion in October, Disney announced it was planning a new trilogy…

Henry Kissinger warns of Iran nuclear crisis in ‘very foreseeable future’

Israeli officials said Thursday that military action against Iran needed to stay on the table, as former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger warned of a crisis over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in the “very foreseeable future”. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Defence…

Australians warned to leave Benghazi immediately

Australia on Friday joined three European nations in urging its citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi due to a “specific, imminent threat to Westerners” linked to French action in Mali. The advice followed similar warnings from governments in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, which sparked an angry response…

Egyptians to protest on second anniversary of revolution

Huge crowds were expected to demonstrate in Egypt on Friday for the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak and brought in an Islamist government, at a time of political tensions and economic woes. The secular-leaning opposition called for mass street protests against President Mohamed Morsi and the…

SEC nomination signals Obama’s tougher approach to Wall Street

The woman who prosecuted Mafia boss John Gotti is about to take over the policing of Wall Street. Barack Obama is expected to nominate former star government prosecutor Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as the regulator attempts to dodge criticism that it has been…

UN to investigate legality of U.S drone strikes

A newly-announced UN inquiry into the rise of drone strikes and targeted killings around the world has drawn measured optimism and concerns from national security experts and the international human rights community. Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, announced on Thursday that he will head…

Kerry urges ‘fresh thinking’ to tackle global woes

Probable next US secretary of state John Kerry called for “fresh thinking” Thursday as he outlined his foreign policy agenda and plans for relations with Iran, China and the Middle East. “American foreign policy is not defined by drones and deployments alone,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations committee, which…

‘Django Unchained’ dolls banned by eBay as ‘offensive’

Online auction giant eBay has banned the sale of dolls linked to Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked western about a freed slave “Django Unchained,” describing them as “offensive,” on Thursday. The toymaker who manufactured the dolls had already discontinued them, after protests from black advocacy groups, according to the celebrity news website…

Zuckerberg readying political fundraiser for Chris Christie

Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is making a foray into politics next month by hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, reports said Thursday. The event to take place in Zuckerberg’s home in the California city of Palo Alto mid-February is to support the re-election bid of the high-profile…

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