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Study: CT scans put children at heightened risk for leukemia

Researchers have warned doctors to ensure that CT scans carried out on children are clinically justified, after a government-funded study found that exposure to ionising radiation during such scans could triple the risk of under-15s developing brain cancer or leukaemia later in life. Two or three scans would be sufficient…

Asian markets lifted by U.S. and Europe stimulus hopes

Asian markets mostly rose for a third successive day on Thursday, posting strong gains on hopes for stimulus measures in the United States and Europe as well as promises of help for Spain’s banks. The euro also held up against the yen and dollar after impressive gains in New York…

Samsung vows U.S. launch of S III despite Apple suit

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics vowed to press ahead with the US launch of its newest smartphone this month, despite a fresh lawsuit filed by rival Apple seeking to block the cutting-edge model. Apple has asked a court for the Northern District of California in San Jose to ban sales of…

Iraq executes Saddam’s chief bodyguard and top aide

Iraq on Thursday executed Saddam Hussein’s presidential secretary and chief bodyguard Abid Hamid Mahmud, justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi said. “He was executed today,” Saadi said, adding: “The ministry of justice implemented the execution sentence against the criminal Abd Hmoud… for genocide,” referring to Mahmud by the name Iraqis call…

Spanish soccer coach dies one day after getting hired

Spanish coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack on Thursday at the age of 54, just a day after he was named the new coach at relegated side Villarreal. “A heart attack claimed the life of Manuel Preciado in the early hours at a hotel in Valencia,” his former…

Drastic measures as Chinese students take college entry exams

More than 9 million students sat China’s notoriously tough college entrance exams on Thursday, with “high-flyer” rooms, nannies and even intravenous drips among the tools being employed for success. With just 6.85 million university spots on offer this year, competition for the top institutions is intense, and attempts to cheat…

Poland to use testicle-biting dogs, sonic cannons for riot control at 2012 Euro Cup

From testicle-biting police dogs to sonic cannons capable of inducing involuntary urination, Polish anti-hooligan squads have an array of weapons ready to deal with any troublesome England fans at Euro 2012. The English-language Krakow Post newspaper asserted in an editorial that local law enforcement agencies were more than ready to…

World’s city dwellers face ‘garbage crisis’

The world’s city dwellers are fast producing more and more trash in a “looming crisis” that will pose huge financial and environmental burdens, the World Bank is warning. Urban specialists said the growing pile of trash from urban dwellers is as daunting as global warming and the costs will be…

Huge Japan tsunami dock washes up on U.S. beach

A huge floating dock cast adrift by Japan’s killer tsunami has washed up on an Oregon beach, believed to be the biggest piece of flotsam to make landfall on the US West Coast so far. The 66-foot (20-meter) long rectangular structure, made of concrete and metal, was spotted floating off…

Consumerism poses threat to vulnerable species

The developed world’s insatiable appetite for products like coffee and timber is threatening the survival of one in three vulnerable animal species in poor countries, according to an Australian study. Academics at the University of Sydney spent five years tracking the world economy, evaluating over five billion supply chains connecting…

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