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Top Indian woman revolutionary Lakshmi Sehgal dies aged 97

Top Indian female revolutionary Lakshmi Sehgal, who fought Allied forces during World War II, died on Monday following a heart attack, a doctor said. She was 97. Sehgal, who fought against Britain and its allies in an all-female regiment organised by Indian radical Subhash Chandra Bose, was hospitalised last Thursday…

Lab-engineered jellyfish may mend a broken heart

Using cells from rat hearts and a seer polymer film, scientists reported they had created an artificial jellyfish that could one day help save patients with heart disease. The exploit marks an advance in so-called biomimicry, in which a natural wonder inspires copycat innovation in the lab. The interest in…

Georgia to execute mentally handicapped man

Barring a last minute intervention by the US Supreme Court, a mentally handicapped man will be executed Monday in Georgia, despite protests from around the world — and from the victim’s family. Warren Hill, a 52-year-old African American, has spent the last 21 years on death row for killing a…

Robotic ‘Kissenger’ provides virtual lips for long-distance lovers

Finding it hard to keep up the passion in a long-distance relationship? Help might be on the way. A robotics professor in Singapore has invented a gadget equipped with motion-sensitive electronic “lips” that allow amorous but absent couples to exchange long-distance smooches via the Internet. Shaped like a small head…

Bollywood stars accused of misusing top Muslim shrine

The head of one of the most important Muslim shrines in India has complained about Bollywood stars misusing the site to pray for their “sinful” films to be commercially successful. Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, who leads the organisation in charge of the Ajmer shrine in Rajasthan, said that celebrity pilgrims…

Sex, drugs, stigma put Thai transsexuals at HIV risk

From a cafe near the go-go bars of a Bangkok red light district where she campaigns for safe sex, Gigi gives an unvarnished view of how she joined Thailand’s growing ranks of transgender people with HIV. Sex work and injecting drugs left the 40-year-old vulnerable to the disease, which she…

London prostitutes ‘cleaned from the streets’

The London Olympics are not big business for everyone — sex workers say they are being cleared from the streets around the stadium to make the area more presentable for the Games. While Britain’s limp economy hopes for an Olympic boost, police in Newham, the deprived east London borough that…

Obama consoles massacre victims, survivors

President Barack Obama paid emotional tribute to the victims and survivors of the Aurora cinema massacre, as the shaken US town held a tearful vigil for the 12 dead filmgoers. Obama, making a visit to the stricken Colorado town, said he shed tears with relatives of those who died as…

Curious bear wanders into a Pittsburgh area mall

NEW YORK — Shoppers at a Sears department store in the US state of Pennsylvania were evacuated after an unwanted guest — a young female bear — wandered in over the weekend, local media said. The animal became trapped Saturday night after entering the Sears store in the Pittsburgh Mills…

Expert: ‘No excuse’ for saying we can’t turn the tide on AIDS

Science has given the world “no excuse” to resist bold action against the spread of the 30-year AIDS pandemic, said a top US expert at the opening of the International AIDS Conference on Sunday. This year’s meeting, themed “Turning the Tide Together,” is the world’s largest gathering on HIV/AIDS and…

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