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Chocolate re-conquers the world

History is coming full circle: borrowed from the Aztecs four centuries ago, perfected for the palate by the Europeans, chocolate is conquering new worlds, with sales booming from Asia to Brazil. Every second, 95 tonnes of chocolate are wolfed down around the world, or three million tonnes a year, according…

Test allows doctors to see disease without microscope

Scientists in Britain say they have developed a super-sensitive test using nano-particles to spot markers for cancer or the AIDS virus in human blood serum using the naked eye. As it does not need sophisticated equipment, the test-tube technique should be cheap and simple, making it a a boon for…

Vatican says it regrets honoring notorious British pedophile

The Vatican said Sunday it regretted conferring a papal knighthood on Jimmy Savile in 1990, but said there was no way to revoke the honour despite revelations of child sex crimes committed by the disgraced British television star. The Vatican is “deeply saddened that someone who has been defiled in…

New York Stock Exchange closes trading floor ahead of Hurricane Sandy

The New York Stock Exchange announced it will close its trading floor and make transactions only electronically Monday, due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy. NYSE Euronext has decided to “suspend physical trading floor operations” and would “trade all NYSE-listed securities on NYSE Arca, the company’s fully electronic exchange,”…

Berlusconi ‘declares war’ on Italian PM

Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s warning that his party could withdraw its support for the government was seen by the press Sunday as a declaration of war against Prime Minister Mario Monti and a bid to show he still carries political weight. However analysts saw it as an empty threat made…

Union members campaign for Obama in battleground state Ohio

There are few places in America where the dividing line in the 2012 election is as clear-cut as the desolate stretch that is Harrison Avenue on the outskirts of Canton, Ohio. On one side of the street is the massive, smoke-belching Timken steel plant, its owners generous contributors to the…

Ohio papers report dead heat between Obama and Romney

VANDALIA, Ohio — After trailing President Barack Obama for months in the most crucial battleground of the US election, Republican Mitt Romney has drawn even with his rival in Ohio, newspapers in the state said Sunday. “49-49: Dead Heat,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer front page headline blared, citing the latest…

Drone strikes hit terror suspects in northern Yemen

SANAA — Suspected US drone strikes killed three Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday in the northern Yemeni province of Saada in the first such raid against the militant network there, tribal sources told AFP. “Three Al-Qaeda suspects were killed in three separate drone strikes in Saada,” a tribal source said, adding…

Hurricane Sandy has Obama campaign worried: Axelrod

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s campaign is concerned that Hurricane Sandy could hurt the president’s re-election chances by keeping voters from going to the polls, a top strategist said Sunday. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has surged in the polls since an October 3 televised debate, eroding Obama’s slender lead in key…

Space capsule heads home from ISS

WASHINGTON — The unmanned Dragon space capsule set off from the International Space Station Sunday for the cargo-laden return trip to Earth after successfully delivering its first commercial payload, NASA said. Using a robotic arm, an astronaut aboard the floating laboratory detached and released the capsule at 1329 GMT after…

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