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‘Bad Pharma’ says we’re all victims of drug industry

You should read it because behind the anodyne cover lurks a tale of horrific fascination that affects us all. Bad Pharma is the story of the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry, with the help of regulators, doctors and academics, seeks to pervert and obfuscate the research done to test…

Threats to family force female squash player to leave Pakistan

A young woman from south Waziristan, in Pakistan, developed a passion and skill for squash — but living in a highly conservative culture that forbade women from sports ultimately forced her to leave the country, reported Al Jazeera English. Maria Toorpakai Wazir played against the boys growing up and even…

Good Samaritan repairs Sandy-stricken home of disabled 11-year-old

The Troy family of Long Beach, N.Y., is hoping to move back into their home by the end of the year and potentially even by Christmas — a feat considering that a few weeks ago, that seemed impossible, reported the AP. Their home was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and…

North Korean band’s epic performance celebrates Dec. 12 rocket launch

A performance by a North Korean band in honor of the country’s recent rocket launch shows an epic, high-energy celebration of the accomplishment, to say the least. The Moranbong Band performed in celebration of the Dec. 12 launch, which the communist country claims is a weather satellite. The band performed…

South Korea’s ‘battle of the singles’ flooded by men

South Korea’s “battle of the singles” — a highly-anticipated mass dating event organised on Facebook — fizzled out Monday, with thousands of lovelorn men at the venue but few women in sight. The event was triggered last month after two young men jokingly floated the idea on the social networking…

Occupy activists sue Los Angeles over harsh treatment from police

Activists with Occupy Los Angeles have filed suit against the city for what they allege was harsh police treatment as they were swept off City Hall grounds over a year ago, court documents show. An estimated 1,400 officers drove about 300 demonstrators off the grounds on November 30, 2011; the…

Hundreds of anguished notes found at new Colombian ‘Wailing Wall’

Hundreds of visitors have tucked handwritten notes into the enormous stone slab at the new center adjacent to Bogota’s main cemetery, which many think of as Colombia’s “Wailing Wall.” The structure is the centerpiece of Colombia’s new Center for Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation where visitors can pay their respects to…

Swaziland bans ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts

Police in Africa’s last absolute monarchy Swaziland have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops saying they provoke rape, local media reported on Monday. Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889. “The act of the rapist is…

Queen praises Olympians in 3D Christmas message

Queen Elizabeth II will pay tribute to the London 2012 athletes in her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth, saying they had inspired the world and drawn people in to the excitement and drama. The 86-year-old monarch will praise the achievement and courage on show at the Olympic and Paralympic…

Gloomy predictions as Washington approaches the ‘fiscal cliff’

The New Year may be more than a week off, but realistically Congress and the White House have less than that as the clock ticks toward the “fiscal cliff” with its automatic tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts that could throw an already-weakened economy into a tailspin. On the Sunday……

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