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Suu Kyi to receive honor from Oxford University

Aung San Suu Kyi was to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford University on Wednesday in the city where she studied and brought up the family she would later leave behind. The Myanmar democracy icon will be presented with an honorary doctorate in civil law at the prestigious seat…

11 Afghans killed in suicide attack targeting NATO

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a joint Afghan-NATO patrol in the eastern town of Khost on Wednesday has risen to 11, a senior hospital official said. Amir Padsha, the director of Khost city hospital said the dead included three police officers and eight civilians.…

39 dead in Syria as UN monitors say they are ‘obliged’ to stay

Twenty-eight soldiers were among 39 people killed in violence in Syria on Wednesday, a rights group said, as UN observers said they were “morally obliged” to stay in the country despite the risks. Russia resisted Western pleas to help remove President Bashar al-Assad from power despite escalating hostilities that have…

U.S. kids taking less antibiotics and more ADHD meds

 More drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and fewer antibiotics are being prescribed to US children and teenagers compared to a decade ago, said a US study on Monday. Also, contraceptive prescriptions soared 93 percent from 2002 to 2010, though the reasons for the rise remain unclear, said the research…

U.K. police say Assange subject to arrest for skipping bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has sought political asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has breached bail conditions and is subject to arrest, police said Wednesday. The conditions include staying at his bail address between 10:00pm and 8:00am and “he is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act…

‘Al-Qaeda militant’ takes hostages at French bank

A man claiming to be an Al-Qaeda militant took four hostages at a bank in the southern French city Toulouse on Wednesday and wants to negotiate with an elite police unit, police said. The man entered the bank around 0900 GMT, fired a gun and wants to talk to the…

China’s Ai Weiwei barred from court in tax case

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was barred from a hearing Wednesday challenging a multi-million-dollar tax penalty against a firm he founded, he said, accusing authorities of seeking to “crush” him. Ai, an internationally acclaimed artist also renowned for his political activism, disappeared into custody for 81 days last year as…

Australian mega-brothel gets go-ahead

A Sydney brothel has received the green light for a multi-million-dollar expansion which will see it become Australia’s largest sex premises, with rooms featuring multiple beds and pool tables. Plans to double the number of rooms at inner Sydney’s “Stiletto” into a mega-brothel complex were knocked back late last year…

Palaeontologists find 47 million year-old turtles caught in final ‘embrace’

German palaeontologists have dug up the remains of nine turtle pairs that died while mating some 47 million years ago, sinking into poisonous waters while locked in a final embrace, a report said Wednesday. The find represents the first-ever fossil record of copulating vertebrates (animals with a backbone), said a…

Racial gap in life expectancy reaches new low in U.S.

Racial gap in life expectancy reaches new low in US (via The Christian Science Monitor) The gap in life expectancy between blacks and whites in the United States, long attributed to socioeconomic disparities and a range of other factors, continued its historical decline between 2003 and 2008 and is now…

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