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U.S. gunman shot dead after killing one in Israel: police

JERUSALEM – A US tourist opened fire in the lobby of a hotel in the Israeli Red Sea resort town of Eilat on Friday killing one person, before being shot dead by the security forces, police said. The shooting, which broke out in the Leonardo Club hotel, came as the…

Church of England bishops urged to have honest discussion about gay clergy

Church of England bishops have been warned they must embark on an honest dialogue about gay clergy and laity if they are to avoid the church reaching “a tipping point where it is too morally discredited to be respected on any issue”. Before a meeting at which bishops are expected…

Healthy baby mice created from stem cells

Scientists have created mouse eggs from stem cells and used them to make healthy baby mice. The technique will help them study how eggs develop and also offers the potential to create eggs for infertile women. Mitinori Saitou of Kyoto University led a team that took stem cells from mice…

National Rifle Association endorses Mitt Romney

FISHERSVILLE, Virginia — The National Rifle Association, the biggest gun rights lobby in the United States, announced Thursday its endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney for president. “I am proud to have their support for my candidacy, and when I am president, I will do all in my power to defend…

Follower of Charles Manson up for parole

LOS ANGELES — US authorities recommended parole for a follower of infamous US mass murderer Charles Manson, more than four decades after he killed two people who were tortured and mutilated. Bruce Davis, 70 on Friday, was already recommended for parole once in 2010, but then-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected…

Obama calls on Romney to tell the truth

DENVER, Colorado — Barack Obama demanded truth from the “real Mitt Romney” on Thursday as aides promised a “hard look” at strategy after the president’s listless performance in the first White House debate. Passionate, cutting and engaged, in stark comparison to his debate showing, Obama told 12,000 cheering supporters at…

U.S. says Turkish shelling of Syria ‘appropriate’ and ‘proportional’

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday Turkey had taken “appropriate” and “proportional” action in firing back at Syria after a deadly cross-border shelling, but urged that tensions should not escalate. “From our perspective, the response that Turkey made was appropriate,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, adding Ankara had…

Mars rover to ‘sandblast’ sampling equipment

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is parked at a sand pit and ready to scoop up soil to clean and test its geological sampling hardware, the US space agency said Thursday. These will be the first solid samples put through Curiosity’s high-tech collection and processing tool set — a…

Obama seeks to change campaign mood after poor debate reviews

US President Barack Obama woke up to stinking reviews of his debate performance Thursday, then set out to stamp on Republican Mitt Romney’s sudden momentum 33 days before the election. Obama turned in a lethargic and sometimes irritable performance in Denver on Wednesday night, allowing a pumped-up Romney an opening…

Moroccan navy blocks Dutch ‘abortion boat’

The Moroccan navy on Thursday blocked the Mediterranean harbour in which a controversial Dutch “abortion ship” was due to dock in the first such trip to a Muslim country, one of the organisers said. “They have blocked the harbour. We can see a big warship in front of the harbour,”…

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