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Exercise before school improves concentration: study

AFP – Cycling or walking to school increases a child’s ability to concentrate in the classroom, the results of a Danish study published Friday showed. Children who were driven to school, or who took public transport, performed less well in a test measuring concentration levels, than those who had walked…

Politicians urged to seize the moment on climate change after Sandy

By Alexander Hotz Hurricane Sandy might be fresh in the American public’s memory, but for advocates seeking action on climate change time is running out. At a recent event, engineering, disaster preparation and climate science professors at Columbia University urged lawmakers to take advantage of the public’s post Hurricane Sandy interest in global warming…

The Dominican Republic’s epidemic of domestic violence

By Gizelle Lugo The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for many international travelers for its calm sandy beaches and trendy resorts. What many do not know, however, is that the nation is one of many in Latin America where violence against women runs rampant and is on the rise. The problem is exacerbated…

Small independents try to compete with big box retailers for Black Friday business

Black Friday: Boutiques open at midnight? How ‘little guys’ try to compete. From midnight on Thanksgiving night until 3 a.m., Julia Dvir’s store, “The Closet,” will further discount her jewelry, hats, belts, and purses (already 40-60 percent off). Located just 80 yards up the Fashion Square Mall from Macy’s, the…

Science budget cuts will threaten Europe’s recovery, say research heads

European Commission president warned that infrastructure projects crucial to the growth of member states will be hit The heads of some of the world’s leading research organisations have warned the president of the European commission that cuts to the EU science budget will threaten the economic recovery of the region.…

Iran’s summer earthquake leaves 100,000 shivering in tents as winter descends

Iran's summer earthquake leaves 100,000 shivering in tents as winter descends As winter settles in on this remote province of Iran, a pair of earthquakes that devastated the area in mid-August will likely claim new lives. The Aug. 11 quakes devastated the mud and mud-brick houses typical of this area. Of…

Meet Marcelo Ebrard — the man who remade Mexico City

The man who remade Mexico City Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez walks among giant paper-mache renderings of fantastical dragons and serpents, called alebrijes, with his wife and two teenage daughters in the middle of Mexico City’s Zocalo to celebrate Day of the Dead. Later, the family considered catching a play for free,…

Two more U.S. servicemen arrested in Japan

Two more US servicemen were arrested in Japan on Friday, police said, as anti-American sentiment runs high following the rape of a woman in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. Police in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, arrested 23-year-old US sailor Oscar Hayes Wiygul III on suspicion of public indecency after…

Pakistan suspends mobile phone network over security fears

Pakistan suspended mobile phone services in major cities on Friday to prevent terror attacks from marring commemorations for the holy month of Muharram, officials said. Mobile and wireless phone services were temporarily blocked in the commercial capital Karachi, the southwestern city of Quetta and in parts of the capital. It…

Activists slam marriage of 12-year-old in Malaysia

Malaysian activists on Friday slammed the wedding of a 12-year-old to her 19-year-old boyfriend, renewing their calls for the government to outlaw child marriages. Nur Fazira Saad and Fahmi Alias married last week in northern Kedah state after the girl’s father agreed to the union and an Islamic court granted…

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