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Police, ambulance tapes reveal horror of Colorado shooting

The first call from the Aurora police dispatcher comes in at 12:39 am, a little over half-an-hour after the start of a midnight showing of the new Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” “Shooting at Century Theater. They’re saying someone is shooting in the auditorium,” the female dispatcher says. “There…

AIDS charity honors Bill Gates on eve of global conference

Leading AIDS charity amfAR honored Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates on the eve of the International AIDS Conference, for his part in funding an ongoing struggle against the disease. At a gala dinner at the Kennedy arts center Saturday, Gates accepted the Award of Courage on behalf of all scientists, health…

British Channel swimmer dies in attempt

A British man attempting to swim the Channel died off the French coast early Sunday, local authorities in northern France said. The unnamed man in his 40s, who had left from Dover, was only 3.5 kilometres (just over two miles) off France when he was taken ill on board the…

Hypnosis enjoys a revival

Long derided as a tool of quacks and comedians, the science of suggestibility is enjoying a revival as a clinical tool, says Vaughan Bell Hypnosis is the eccentric uncle of cognitive science. It was once part of the mainstream – studied by scientists and clinicians alike in its 1960s heyday…

Israel ‘fears Iran Olympics attack’

Israel has bolstered its security presence for the London Olympics amid fears that an Iranian terror squad in Europe may be planning an attack on its athletes, according to a press report Sunday. Scotland Yard and MI5 are believed to have raised their assessment of the threat against the Israeli…

U.S. ‘training’ narcotics units in Africa

The US government is training anti-drug specialists in Ghana and plans to do the same in Nigeria and Kenya to counter Latin American cartels smuggling drugs through Africa to Europe, The New York Times reported. “We see Africa as the new frontier in terms of counterterrorism and counternarcotics issues,” the…

Norway marks anniversary of Breivik’s massacre

Religious services, wreath-laying ceremonies, commemorative gatherings and a concert are scheduled across Norway Sunday on the first anniversary of twin attacks that killed 77 people. On July 22, 2011 right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik first set off a bomb near the government building in Oslo, killing eight people, before going…

Obama to meet Aurora shooting victims, families

US President Barack Obama will visit Colorado on Sunday to meet victims of the Batman theater massacre, a day after police entered the gunman’s apartment which had been rigged with booby traps. The visit also comes after authorities revealed the names of the 12 people who died in Friday’s shootings…

HSBC scandal erupts as British banks face shake-up

A scandal erupting at Europe’s biggest bank HSBC has added to concerns over the state of Britain’s financial sector amid the Barclays rate-rigging affair and as the industry faces a major shake-up. HSBC last week apologised and its head of compliance David Bagley resigned after US lawmakers accused the London-based…

Bullied grandmother gets $878,000 in donations

An online fund-raiser for a New York grandmother whose harassment at the hands of a busload of schoolchildren was captured on video raised more than US$700,000 (S$878,000) in a month. Bus monitor Karen Klein, 68, was ridiculed by a group of 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds about her weight, hearing aid and…

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