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Conflict, hunger, cholera and locusts: Mali’s woes mount

A toddler’s cries ring out in a paediatric ward where about 20 children lie emaciated from malnutrition in this northern Mali town, whose occupation by Islamists has caused a humanitarian crisis. “He is suffering from chronic malnutrition,” says chief nurse Ibrahim Maiga of the crying three-year-old, pointing out other children…

Japan firm ‘told workers to lie’ about radiation dose

A subcontractor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant told workers to lie about possible high radiation exposure in an apparent effort to keep its contract, reports said Saturday. An executive at construction firm Build-Up in December told about 10 of its workers to cover their dosimeters, used to measure cumulative…

European Parliament head fears ‘social explosion’

European Parliament president Martin Schulz warned on Saturday that Spain’s economic crisis could spark a “social explosion” across the continent. “The demonstrations in Spain show that a social explosion is looming because of the high unemployment rate among young people in Europe,” Schulz told the wide-circulation German daily Bild in…

Archaeologists believe the Mediterranean diet came to Britain during the Iron Age

Iron Age Britons were importing olives from the Mediterranean a century before the Romans arrived with their exotic tastes in food, say archaeologists who have discovered a single olive stone from an excavation of an Iron Age well at at Silchester in Hampshire. The stone came from a layer securely…

Google grabs startup devoted to Apple gadget email

A French startup behind email applications for Apple gadgets has been bought by Google as the Internet titan increasingly tailors hit software to run on its rival’s hardware. Sparrow co-founder and chief executive Dominique Leca announced on Friday that the Paris-based startup’s team will go to work on Gmail, Google’s…

Mitt Romney to meet Poland’s Lech Walesa

WARSAW — US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet Poland’s former president and anti-communist freedom icon Lech Walesa this month, Walesa’s office said Friday. They are due to meet July 30 in Walesa’s home, the Baltic port of Gdansk. “Mitt Romney will visit Poland at the special invitation that…

Three members of U.S. military wounded in Batman shooting

WASHINGTON — At least three US military members were among those wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado movie theater showing the new Batman film, the Pentagon said Friday. A sailor and two airmen suffered injuries in the assault in the Aurora suburb of Denver, and another US…

Olympic torch brought to London by commando descending from military helicopter

The Olympic flame made a dramatic arrival in London on Friday when it was flown in by military helicopter and lowered to the ground by a marine commando a week ahead of the opening ceremony. As the sun went down over the British capital, Royal Marine Martyn Williams abseiled from…

Russian city prosecutes 73 people for ‘homosexual propaganda’

Seventy-three people have been prosecuted for violating new anti-gay legislation imposed in Russia’s former imperial city Saint Petersburg four months ago, police said Friday. The law which punishes public homosexual and paedophile “propaganda” with fines of up to 500,000 rubles (12,800 euros/$15,600) has been criticised by human rights activists as…

Study: HIV/AIDS treatment costs four times less than previously thought

Lack of money can no longer be considered a reason – or an excuse – for failing to treat all those with HIV who need drugs to stay alive, following game-changing work about to be published by the Clinton Foundation that shows the real cost is four times less than…

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