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YouTube videos show nurses as stupid or sex objects: study

Nurses should go on the offensive against YouTube videos that stereotype them as sexual playthings or witless, according to a report published in a nursing journal. Researchers led by Gerard Fealy, a professor of nursing and midwifery at University College Dublin in Ireland, analysed the 10 most-viewed clips on the…

Obama backs 1992 USA team in Olympic debate

American President Barack Obama waded into the USA Olympic basketball debate, saying the 1992 Dream Team with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley would have beaten the 2012 Olympic team. Obama said Monday he remembers a 1992 gold-medal winning USA team that looked unstoppable from the very first game. “I got…

‘Canadian psycho’ victim’s mother pained by online video

The mother of the Chinese student victim in the “Canadian Psycho” murder and dismemberment case says her “most unbearable pain” is that the killing is still watched online, she told Canada’s public broadcaster. “What a disaster and huge pain for our family,” Zhigui Du said in an interview with the…

South Africa recalls 500,000 HIV test kits

South Africa is recalling 500,000 HIV test kits it ordered from a South Korean company despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning over inconclusive results, the health ministry said Tuesday. Authorities are investigating how the SD Bioline tests were ordered earlier this year after the WHO issued notices in November…

Taiwan finds H5N1 virus in birds smuggled from China

Dozens of pet birds smuggled from southern China into Taiwan tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus and were destroyed, Taiwanese authorities said Tuesday. The smuggler bought the 38 birds in the Chinese city of Guangzhou and was caught at the Taoyuan international airport in northern Taiwan when…

Japanese high school girl speared in head by javelin

A Japanese schoolgirl was in intensive care Tuesday after being speared in the head by a javelin while taking part in track and field training, an official said. The 2.6 metre (8 ft 6 ins) javelin became lodged in the 15-year-old’s head after being thrown by a student on campus…

Apple’s next iPhone to feature slimmer screen

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone later this year with a slimmer screen thanks to updated touch-screen technology, a report said Tuesday. The next generation iPhone, referred to by fans as the “iPhone 5″, is being manufactured by Asian component makers, Dow Jones Newswires quoted unnamed sources as…

NASA’s Mars rover two weeks from landing

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Curiosity rover is on target to arrive on Mars on August 6 for a two-year mission to find out whether microbial life once existed on the Red Planet, the US space agency said. Landing the car-sized rover is of course no easy task, NASA scientists say. “The…

British regulator probing seven banks over Libor scandal

LONDON — Britain’s financial regulator is investigating seven financial institutions in the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, a senior official told lawmakers Monday. Tracey McDermott of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) also told a parliamentary committee it was unlikely there would be any criminal…

Syria rebels launch full-scale attack operation

BEIRUT — Syria’s rebels announced the launch of a full-scale attack operation, dubbed “the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria,” as major clashes engulfed several districts of the capital. In a statement released on Monday night, the Free Syrian Army’s central-Homs Joint Command said its operation was launched at 8:00…

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