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Low-calorie diet may not prolong life: study

A low-calorie diet boosts health but does not prolong life, at least not in rhesus monkeys, scientists reported Wednesday in a new study into a long-held link between food restriction and longevity. Spanning 23 years, the research found monkeys that ate fewer calories than non-dieting counterparts were healthier but did…

Kremlin stokes patriotism ahead of 1812 victory anniversary

MOSCOW: Two hundred years after Russia’s emblematic victory over Napoleon, the Kremlin is holding lavish celebrations aimed at rousing patriotism among modern Russians. Russia, which annually stages military parades to mark the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany, is spending millions of dollars on a bonanza marking an earlier triumph, its…

Australian military in Afghanistan suffers worst day since Vietnam

Five Australian troops were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan in what Prime Minister Julia Gillard Thursday described as the nation’s deadliest day in combat since the Vietnam War. The deaths, which included three killings in an “insider attack” by an Afghan solider, brought to 38 the number of…

22 found alive from missing Indonesia asylum boat

Rescuers plucked 22 survivors from the ocean on Thursday, more than a day after an asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people including children aboard. After Indonesia abandoned its search, six people were rescued overnight by a cargo ship and 16 more were pulled…

Fashion maestro’s tower plan makes waves in Venice lagoon

Venice – French fashion designer Pierre Cardin’s billion-euro (dollar) plan to build a giant tower on an industrial site in the Venice lagoon is causing a stir in a city with a proud architectural heritage. While Venice mayor Giorgio Orsoni has given the project the go-ahead, some residents are up…

Iran nuclear issue, Syria dominate tense Teheran summit

Iran’s showdown with the UN Security Council over its nuclear activities, and clashing speeches over the bloody conflict shaking Syria dominated the opening of a summit in Teheran on Thursday. Those issues swept aside the veneer of diplomatic harmony Iran had been trying to project over the gathering of 120…

German unemployment rises as economy runs out of steam

As major companies such as carmaker Opel announced short-time work schemes to cope with slumping demand, headline unemployment rose this month, with the total number of people out of work up by 29,100 in August from July to stand at 2.91 million, the Federal Labour Agency said. The unadjusted jobless…

Condoleezza Rice is Bush-era holdout at Republican convention

TAMPA, Florida — Condoleezza Rice delivers a key foreign policy convention speech Wednesday, the lone hold-out from the Bush era to take part in the coronation of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate. George W. Bush’s former secretary of state will make the case that Republican presidential candidate Mitt…

Obama backs amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama called for a constitutional amendment to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that made it easier for businesses to influence elections through large-scale donations. “Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven-…

Kentucky lawmaker proposes medical marijuana bill

Kentucky state Sen. Perry Clark (D) has pre-filed legislation for the 2013 legislative session that would allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana. “This is not a conservative issue or a liberal issue; it’s an issue of compassion,” Clark said in a statement. “Countless studies show that marijuana is…

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