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Giving babies antibiotics could lead to obesity: study

Giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause them to be chubby children, according to a study published Tuesday. “We typically consider obesity an epidemic grounded in unhealthy diet and exercise, yet increasingly studies suggest it’s more complicated,” said co-author Leonardo Trasande of the New York University…

Facebook shares now at half-price

If you bought Facebook shares in the May IPO and held onto them, by Monday morning you would have lost more than half your investment — and not see any encouraging signs of making your money back. Three months after the largest tech share issue ever on US markets, Facebook…

NASA wants to measure ‘Marsquakes’

Just 10 days after NASA’s Curiosity rover sent back its first color photos of the Martian landscape, the US space agency said it wants in 2016 to take a better look at what’s happening beneath the Red Planet’s surface. “Does Mars have fault lines like the Earth does? How extensive…

Billionaire George Soros invests in British soccer team Manchester United

US billionaire George Soros has bought a stake in Manchester United, the British football club that made its Wall Street debut earlier this month, according to a filing with US regulators. Soros’ investment firm bought approximately 3.1 million Class A shares, or 7.85 percent of the total Class A shares,…

Ethiopian prime minister has died abroad

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a regional strongman in power for over two decades, has died in hospital abroad, the government said Tuesday. “Prime Minister Meles Zenawi passed away yesterday evening at around midnight,” Bereket Simon said, adding that the 57-year-old “was abroad” when he died, without giving further details.…

Obama defends tough campaign tactics, jabs Romney

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Mitt Romney Monday he could not just “make stuff up” and defended his assault on his Republican foe’s record and character in a surprise news conference. Obama also demanded Romney release more personal tax returns, in a counter-offensive after Romney earlier bemoaned the…

U.S. says oil firms should respect Baghdad government

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that oil companies should not bypass Iraq’s central government after authorities in the autonomous Kurdish north signed dozens of deals with foreign energy firms. “With regard to our own companies, we continue to tell them that signing contracts for oil exploration or production…

Elton John fears son will face homophobia

LONDON — Elton John believes his son Zachary’s childhood is going to be “very difficult”, battling homophobia and the impact of his father’s fame, the pop icon said in an interview published Tuesday. The 65-year-old British star and his Canadian civil partner David Furnish, 49, became parents on December 25,…

Obama dismisses criticism from veterans group

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Monday that he was not bothered by an outspoken political attack made on him by a group of former CIA spies and US special forces troops. The group claims to have no partisan affiliation, but last week’s remarks mirrored claims by Republican presidential…

Japanese reporter killed in Syria

TOKYO — A female Japanese reporter has been killed after being caught in gunfire while covering clashes in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, the Japanese foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three other journalists were missing while covering the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime…

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