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Coffee drinking not linked to chronic illness: study

(Reuters) – Coffee drinkers have no more risk of getting illnesses such as heart disease or cancer, and are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a German study involving more than 40,000 people over nearly a decade. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,…

China says manufacturing activity expands in Feb

China’s manufacturing activity expanded for the third straight month in February as export orders improved, official data showed Thursday, raising hopes the Asian giant was heading for a soft landing. The official purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 51 in February from 50.5 in January, with most sectors showing signs…

Syrian rebels ‘in tactical pull out of Baba Amr’

Syrian rebels “tactically” pulled out of the Homs neighbourhood of Baba Amr Thursday after nearly two days of an all-out assault by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, the head of the Free Syrian Army said. Rebels “have pulled out tactically in order to protect the remaining civilians,” Colonel Riyadh…

Fried food raises stroke risk in older women

Older women who eat high amounts of the kind of fat found in fried foods and baked goods face a greater risk of stroke than women who eat lower fat diets, a US study suggested. However, aspirin use could cut those risks, said the researchers from University of North Carolina…

New Litvinenko suspect wanted in Britain

Britain has issued an international arrest warrant for a second Russian man suspected over the murder of ex-agent turned dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London, the suspect and security sources said Thursday. Britain has already demanded the extradition from Russia of former agent Andrei Lugovoi on suspicion of murdering Litvinenko in…

China backs US-N. Korea nuclear freeze deal

China Thursday welcomed North Korea’s agreement to freeze nuclear activities in return for massive US food aid, a deal that raised cautious hopes of eased tensions under Pyongyang’s new young leader. South Korea and Japan also hailed Pyongyang’s commitment to suspend its uranium enrichment programme along with nuclear and long-range…

Stricken Italian liner docks in Seychelles

Passengers on the crippled Italian liner Costa Allegra Thursday said they thought they would have to get into lifeboats and abandon ship in pirate-infested waters when it was disabled by fire. “When it all happened we were ready to get into the lifeboats. We thought the worst had happened,” said…

Afghans kill two NATO troops: military

Two NATO soldiers were killed by Afghan colleagues on Thursday, the latest in a series of such attacks after the burning of the Koran at a US base sparked widespread violent protests. The soldiers were identified as Americans by an Afghan official, who said they were killed at a military…

Court approves warrantless searches of cell phones

(Reuters) – Police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Officers in Indiana found a number of cell phones at the scene of a drug bust, and searched each phone for its telephone number. Having the numbers allowed…

Obama ‘confident’ of keeping to Afghan pullout plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said he was “confident” the United States could stick to its Afghan drawdown timetable despite a week of deadly unrest over the burning of the Koran at a US base. “I feel confident that we can stay on a path that by the end of…

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