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Will the Obama-Romney foreign policy debate determine the election?

How the Obama-Romney foreign policy debate could determine the election How important is Monday night’s foreign policy debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? The way things stand right now, it could determine the outcome on Election Day. Nobody would have predicted that just a few weeks ago. But with…

Reverse brain drain: Economic shifts lure migrants home

Reverse brain drain: Economic shifts lure migrants home “Brain drain” – the flow of intellect and skilled labor from poor to rich countries – has been so constant in modern times that the Nigerian cabdriver who was educated as a doctor back home is just as much a fixture of…

California to vote on labeling of genetically modified foods

California could become the first US state to enforce labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods, in a vote next month pitting agro-chemical giants against opponents of so-called “Frankenfoods.” The western state will vote on November 6 — the day of the White House election — on Proposition 37, which backers…

Polish police arrested thieves who stole van containing 12 bodies

Polish police said Sunday they had arrested two men involved in stealing vans in Germany, including a vehicle which was carrying 12 bodies bound for a crematorium. The two men, aged 25 and 27, were arrested on Thursday and Friday and are Polish nationals. “We are sure that it is…

Middle East oil companies targeted in cyber war

Middle Eastern oil and gas companies have been targeted in massive attacks on their computer networks in an increasingly open cyber war where a new virus was discovered just this past week. The United States and Israel, believed to behind the first cyber sabotage campaign that targeted Iran’s nuclear programme,…

Scientists look to silvery fish to develop new non-polarising reflectors for optical fibers

Silvery fish have found a smart way to get around the laws of physics so that they maintain their reflective camouflage in open water, biologists reported on Sunday. Sprats, sardines and herrings have a skin that neutralises the polarisation of light, enabling them to keep their protective silver cloak, they…

Study proves pesticide exposure linked to bumblebee colony failures

Chronic exposure to pesticides has a bigger knock-on effect on bees than conventional probes suggest, according to a new study on Sunday touching on the mysterious collapse of bee colonies. Biologists at the University of London carried out an exceptional field study into bumblebees exposed to two commonly used agricultural…

Scientists confirm water extraction helped trigger deadly 2011 quake in Spain

Massive extraction of groundwater helped unleash an earthquake in southeastern Spain last year that killed nine people, injured at least 100 and left thousands homeless, geologists said on Sunday. The finding adds a powerful piece of evidence to theories that some earthquakes are human-induced, they said. Seismologists were surprised by…

Fidel Castro doing ‘very well’ according to ex-Vice President of Venezuela

Fidel Castro “is very well,” Venezuelan ex-vice president Elias Jaua said Sunday, after meeting the aged revolutionary icon amid a swirl of rumors the Cuban leader was on his death bed. The 86 year-old Castro “is very well, very lucid,” Jaua, a loyal supporter of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,…

Trial set for Cannes prostitution ring linked to Kadhafi’s dead son Mutassim

A hearing opens in a French court Monday in a case involving a high-end prostitution ring that was active during the Cannes Film Festival and possibly had ties to a son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Seven men and a woman will go on trial in the southern French…

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