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Brazil to breed GM mosquitoes to combat dengue

Brazil said it will breed huge numbers of genetically modified mosquitoes to help stop the spread of dengue fever, an illness that has already struck nearly 500,000 people this year nationwide. Dengue affects between 50 and 100 million people in the tropics and subtropics each year, causing fever, muscle and…

India buys Gandhi archive to halt auction

India has paid $1.1 million to buy a collection of letters, papers and photographs relating to Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi, preventing their sale at a planned auction in London. The archive, which belonged to Gandhi’s close friend Hermann Kallenbach, a German Jewish bodybuilder and architect, was to have gone…

Bosnia massacre survivor weeps at Mladic trial

A survivor of a 1992 mass execution in Bosnia broke down in tears at the war crimes trial of Bosnian Serb ex-military chief Ratko Mladic Monday, as he told how the war had shattered his family. Elvedin Pasic, a Bosnian Mulsim, told the court in The Hague of the fear…

Venezuela’s Chavez insists he is cancer-free

CARACAS — Firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez insisted that he is “totally” cancer-free and ready to take on what promises to be a tough re-election battle without “physical restrictions.” “Free, totally free,” he replied when asked by a reporter if he had beaten the disease, as he gears up for…

NSA chief backs cybersecurity law

WASHINGTON — The head of the powerful National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, said the US must adopt a law to protect the country from cyberattacks while insisting that it would respect privacy. Faced with ever-increasing Internet traffic and the more sophisticated nature of cyberattacks, Alexander said passing such legislation…

U.S. offers $1 million reward over killing of border agent Brian Terry

LOS ANGELES — US authorities offered a $1 million reward Monday for information about four suspects wanted over the killing of a border agent in December 2010. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published the names as an indictment was unsealed charging five suspects with offenses including first degree murder…

Sitting less may extend American lives: study

PARIS — American adults may boost their life expectancy by two years by sitting for fewer than three hours a day, researchers said Tuesday, while admitting this was a tough task. Reducing television viewing to under two hours a day could similarly add 1.4 years, the US team said in…

DEA agent fatally shoots drug suspect in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA — A US agent working with Honduran police fatally shot a Brazilian national last week during the seizure of nearly 1,000 kilos (2,200 pounds) of cocaine, US officials said Monday. Two agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were involved in the July 3 operation in eastern Honduras,…

U.S. and Mexican relations strain over death involving border patrol

The Mexican government and the FBI are at odds over who was responsible for a death that followed a pair of shootings involving US border patrol agents. Mexican authorities have claimed the death was caused by the border patrol, which it accused of using an unnecessary level of force in…

Obama frames tax breaks as key election issue

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama drew sharp election battle lines between himself and rival Republicans on Monday by pressing Congress to maintain tax breaks for most US families but end them for the wealthy. “We don’t need more top-down economics. We have tried that theory. We have seen what happens,”…

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