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Many mysteries remain as Alzheimer’s epidemic looms

More than 100 years after it was first caught in the act of decaying a patient’s brain, Alzheimer’s remains one of medicine’s greatest challenges as it robs ever more people of their memory and independence. Researchers make halting progress, reporting small steps forward along with many frustrating setbacks. And while…

Violent anti-American protest erupts in Kabul

Hundreds of Afghans staged a violent protest in Kabul on Monday against an American film mocking the Prophet Mohammed, throwing stones at a US base, torching cars and shouting “Death to America”, police said. The demonstration erupted on Jalalabad Road, home to NATO and US military bases in the eastern…

Obama to launch China WTO action on autos

President Barack Obama will launch a new WTO enforcement action against Chinese auto subsidies Monday, countering his Republican foe Mitt Romney’s accusations that he is too timid towards Beijing. Obama will leverage the political power of his office when he makes the announcement in swing state Ohio and argue that…

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood calls for ‘climate revolution’

British designer Vivienne Westwood called for a “climate revolution” as she presented a relatively tame but nonetheless punk-edged spring-summer collection on day three of London Fashion Week. In the grandiose setting of Britain’s Foreign Office the flamboyant redhead took to the catwalk on Sunday as a climate change campaigner, sporting…

Bootleg alcohol kills 20 in Czech Republic

A 63-year-old man died Sunday in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg spirits tainted with methanol, bringing the death toll from an outbreak of alcohol poisoning to 20, hospital staff said. The man was found unconscious Friday at a railway station in the eastern town of Prerov and was hospitalised…

International creditors doubt Greece can meet goals

Greece’s international creditors no longer believe Athens can achieve its financial objectives, especially a reduction in its debt burden, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported. “Until now, creditors worked on the principle that Greece would achieve a sustainable level of indebtedness by 2020. This goal is no longer achievable,” the…

Hezbollah calls for Lebanon protests over anti-Islam film

Hassan Nasrallah, head of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah organisation, on Sunday called for protests across the country over a US-produced film mocking Islam that caused uproar across the Islamic world. “The whole world needs to see your anger on your faces, in your fists and your shouts,” Nasrallah said in a…

Warren Buffett’s cancer treatment over: report

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has completed radiation treatment for prostate cancer, according to a newspaper owned by the larger-than-life financier. “It’s a great day for me. Today I had my 44th and last day of radiation,” the tycoon told executives of newspapers he recently acquired on Friday, according to a…

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ tops North American box office

Science fiction thriller “Resident Evil: Retribution” topped the North American box office at the weekend, holding off the 3D version of “Finding Nemo,” estimates showed Sunday. Both films were making their debut but the former, starring Milla Jovovich, took $20.6 million in receipts, ahead of “Finding Nemo,” which earned $17.5…

Iran foundation boosts bounty to kill Rushdie: media

An Iranian foundation has reportedly increased a bounty for the death of Salman Rushdie, saying that if the British writer had previously been killed for blasphemy an anti-Islam film currently enraging Muslims would never have been made. Iranian media quoted Hassan Sane’i, a cleric heading the 15 of Khordad Foundation,…

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