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Deadly new virus that has already killed six can infect twice as fast as SARS: study

Study: Deadly new virus can infect twice as fast as SARS (via NJ.com) A foreign tourist is seen at Manila’s international airport, Philippines, on Feb. 19, 2013. The Bureau of Quarantine of the Department of Health will screen in-bound passengers for any signs of an infection by a new coronavirus…

Three young Indian sisters aged between six and 11 raped and murdered

Three sisters aged between six and 11 were raped and murdered before their bodies were dumped down a village well in rural western India, police said on Wednesday. The bodies of the three schoolgirls were found last week, two days after they went missing on February 14 from their home…

Pope Benedict XVI is ‘nearly blind in one eye’ and was advised to limit air travel because of high blood pressure: report

Pope Benedict XVI is nearly blind in one eye and was advised by his doctor to limit air travel because of his high blood pressure, the website Vatican Insider reported on Wednesday. The report also said the 85-year-old pontiff often has problems sleeping and has fallen out of bed several…

Bulgarian government resigns amid protests

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced his government’s resignation on Wednesday following days of sometimes violent street protests in the European Union’s poorest member. The move paves the way for early elections, which had been due to be held in July. “We have dignity and honour. It is the people…

Supreme Court tilts toward Monsanto in battle with farmer

The US Supreme Court appeared on Tuesday to side with Monsanto against an Indiana farmer accused of having pirated the genetically-modified crops developed by the agribusiness giant. At stake is whether farmers can reproduce genetically-modified seeds on their own without paying for the technology again each growing season, which Monsanto…

FBI examining possible Heinz insider trades

The FBI is examining possible insider trading in Heinz shares ahead of last week’s buyout announcement, after US regulators identified suspicious trades from a Swiss account, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. “We’re aware of the trading anomalies the day before the announcement,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser. “And…

Smog causes surge in heart deaths: study

Exposure to higher levels of fine particulates — the airborne pollution that is an emerging problem in many Asian cities — causes a sharp rise in deaths from heart attacks, a study published on Wednesday said. Research published in the European Heart Journal pointed the finger at so-called PM2.5 pollution,…

Disgraced Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony asked to stay away from Vatican conclave

Activists fighting for truth and justice for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests hold out little hope for progress under the next pope as controversy brews over a US cardinal who covered up for predator clerics. A Catholic association has asked retired Los Angeles archbishop Roger Mahony to stay…

‘Happy Feet Jr.’ found stranded 1,250 miles from home in New Zealand

A penguin dubbed Happy Feet junior has been found stranded 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) from home in New Zealand, reviving memories of another wayward penguin that washed up in 2011. The latest wandering stray was discovered close to death on the coast south of Wellington over the weekend and taken…

Horsemeat scandal spreads to Hong Kong

Fears over a Europe-wide food fraud scandal concerning horsemeat sold as beef have spread to Hong Kong after an imported brand of “beef” lasagne was pulled from shelves, officials said Wednesday. Hong Kong authorities last week ordered a top local supermarket chain to remove the lasagne made by frozen food…

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