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Astronaut-inspired bone test could speed diagnoses

WASHINGTON — A simple urine test could soon reveal more about a person’s bones than X-rays, US researchers said Tuesday after publishing results of an early phase study funded by NASA. The technique could help astronauts cope with the bone loss that can occur in weightless environments like space, but…

Bangladeshi journalists wounded in terrifying machete attack

DHAKA — Nine journalists were wounded when a gang of men wielding machetes stormed Bangladesh’s best-known online media outlet and began slashing staff, police and witnesses said Tuesday. At least 15 attackers burst into the offices of bdnews24.com late on Monday in northern Dhaka, leaving three people seriously wounded and…

Facebook tumbles, extends post-IPO slump

NEW YORK — Facebook shares tumbled nearly 10 percent Tuesday, extending their slump after the much-hyped public offering earlier this month ran into investor skepticism about the social network. Facebook closed with a loss of 9.68 percent at $28.82, dropping below $30 for the first time and ending down more…

Syria massacre revives Obama ‘doctrine’ questions

WASHINGTON — Horror in Houla is exposing President Barack Obama’s criteria for intervention abroad to new scrutiny and reviving the question: if it was right to stop atrocities in Libya, why not in Syria? The United States and allies Monday reacted to the killing of 108 people, including 49 children…

Angelina Jolie helps launch UK fight against rape

LONDON — Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie was to join forces with Britain’s foreign minister on Tuesday to launch a dedicated British team to combat and prevent sexual violence overseas. A screening of Jolie’s film “In The Land Of Blood and Honey”, a love story set against…

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe chosen to be UN ‘leader for tourism’

With a line-up that includes Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin, the UN’s choice of ambassadors has been known to cause raised eyebrows or the odd smirk. Seldom, however, has there been such anger, or questioning of the organisation’s credibility, as that greeting the appointment of a new international…

Bradley Manning optimistic on brink of Wikileaks court martial

Two years into his military confinement for allegedly being the source of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, Bradley Manning is keeping himself in a relatively positive state of mind, buoyed by trust in his lawyers and the support of close family and backers from around the…

Angelina Jolie joins overseas anti-rape campaign

Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie was to join forces with Britain’s foreign minister on Tuesday to launch a dedicated British team to combat and prevent sexual violence overseas. A screening of Jolie’s film “In The Land Of Blood and Honey”, a love story set against the backdrop…

Guardian journalist cleared in phone hacking scandal

Prosecutors decided on Tuesday not to charge a journalist from the Guardian newspaper and a Scotland Yard detective over leaks of sensitive information relating to the phone hacking scandal. The Crown Prosecution Service said it would not be in the public interest to charge Amelia Hill, the Guardian’s special investigations…

Americans more pessimistic about economy in May

Americans became slightly more pessimistic about the economy in May, a survey showed Tuesday, with consumers saying their opinion of the current situation and expectations of the future had weakened. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index declined from 68.7 in April to 64.9 in May. “Consumers were less…

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