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U.S. approves first obesity drug in 13 years

WASHINGTON — US regulators on Wednesday approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin, marketed as Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. The drug works to control the appetite through receptors in the brain and was approved as additional therapy for certain overweight and…

Grandson of civil rights icon sues over racist workplace harassment

In November 2008, when Barack Obama made his famous election night victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, he invoked the story of a black woman who had lived through a century of struggle that had culminated with the first African American president. Ann Nixon Cooper was then 106. In all…

Google reaches deal with anti-racism group over ‘Jew’ search suggestion

Internet search giant Google has reached a deal under legal mediation with French anti-racism groups which objected to the search engine suggesting users add “Jew” to searches for prominent names. Both sides confirmed the deal had been reached for the groups to drop a legal complaint against Google but refused…

Eurozone group says it’s ready to bail out Cyprus

The eurozone is ready to bail out embattled Cyprus in coordination with the International Monetary Fund, finance ministers from the 17-nation single currency area said Wednesday. “The Eurogroup acknowledges that an adjustment programme seems warranted at this stage and considers responding favorably to it,” the ministers said in a statement…

Early human relative species ate tree bark

A short, gangly relative of man that lived in South Africa two million years ago ate bark and wood, the only early hominid known to have done so, a report said Wednesday. While its ancient relations opted for softer grasses and shrubs, Australopithecus sediba, an upright-walking tree climber, “included quite…

FDA approves weight-loss drug for the first time in 13 years

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin, marketed as Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. “The US Food and Drug Administration today approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride), as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise,…

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet to challenge iPad

Google on Wednesday unveiled its own branded Nexus 7 tablet computer designed to challenge Apple’s iPad and be a window into its online shop for films, books, movies and more. The seven-inch tablet powered by the latest generation of Android software was made for Google by Taiwan-based Asus and weighs…

Microsoft’s Greek headquarters attacked by arsonists

Microsoft’s Greek headquarters were attacked by arsonists and government statisticians in Italy staged a sit-in pay protest as anti-austerity demonstrations continued to sweep the eurozone. Microsoft’s Athens offices were seriously damaged after armed arsonists drove a stolen truck through the entrance in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and then…

Iran VP blames the Talmud for international drug trade

The teachings of the Jewish book of law, the Talmud, are a driving force behind the international drugs trade, Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said in comments reported on Wednesday. Rahimi’s remarks, at an international anti-drug conference in Tehran attended by many foreign diplomats on Tuesday, were a…

Russian cultural stars urge release of ‘Pussy Riot’ punk rockers

Over 100 of Russia’s best known actors, directors and musicians on Wednesday called for the release of three young women detained after singing an anti-Vladimir Putin song in a Moscow church. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina from the punk rock group Pussy Riot have been held in pre-trial…

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