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Why India is the worst place for women in the G20

In an ashram perched high on a hill above the noisy city of Guwahati in north-east India is a small exhibit commemorating the life of India’s most famous son. Alongside an uncomfortable-looking divan where Mahatma Gandhi once slept is a display reminding visitors of something the man himself said in 1921:…

Syria threatens to use chemical weapons against possible attack

Syria admitted Monday it has chemical weapons and warned of using them if attacked, though not against its own civilians, as regime troops reclaimed most of Damascus after a week of heavy clashes. Fighting was still raging in Syria’s second-biggest city of Aleppo, however, as rights activists reported violence across…

Afghan cleric arrested for raping 10-year-old girl

Afghan police have arrested a cleric for allegedly raping a 10-year-old schoolgirl in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday. Maulawi Sayed Ahmad was arrested in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province, on Saturday after police caught him in the act of sexually assaulting the girl, the interior ministry said in a…

Clinton: United States committed to ‘AIDS-free generation’

The United States is committed to the goal of an AIDS-free generation and will step up its efforts to stem the world pandemic, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a global conference Monday. “The United States is committed and will remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation. We will not…

News Corp. unveils educational tablet

News Corp. said Monday it would launch a new tablet computer with AT&T aimed at the education market to bring “digital innovation” to the classroom. The media conglomerate headed by Rupert Murdoch said the effort would come from its education division which is being renamed Amplify. “Amplify is dedicated to…

Cancer-causing agent found in Chinese-made baby formula

A Chinese dairy has been ordered to suspend production after a cancer-causing toxin was found in its infant formula, China’s quality watchdog said Monday, in the country’s latest milk scare. Ava Dairy Co. Ltd has started a recall after high levels of aflatoxin, which is caused by mould, was found…

Iraq policy reversal allows Syrian refugees to cross border

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday instructed Iraq’s security forces and Red Crescent to allow in Syrian refugees and provide them with support, reversing an earlier decision. “The prime minister directed Iraqi forces and police and the Iraqi Red Crescent to receive Syrian refugees and help them and provide them…

U.S. drought could trigger global food crisis

America’s drought threatens a recurrence of the 2008 global food crisis, when soaring prices set off riots and unrest to parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, food experts warn. Corn prices reached an all-time high on Friday, as the drought expanded across America, trading at $8.24 a…

Romney to meet with British leaders during Olympic games

White House hopeful Mitt Romney is to visit Britain, meet with David Cameron and attend the Olympic opening ceremony this week as he embarks on a major diplomatic mission that will also take in Israel and Poland. According to a preliminary schedule sent out Monday by Romney’s campaign, the candidate…

Researchers: HIV drug resistance growing in Africa

Resistance to AIDS drugs, a problem that has been widely feared over the last decade, is growing in parts of Africa but should not hamper the life-saving drug rollout, researchers reported on Monday. Tiny genetic mutations that make HIV immune to key frontline drugs have been increasing in eastern and…

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