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U.S. sees spike in painkiller-addicted babies

WASHINGTON — Prescription painkiller abuse among mothers-to-be has driven up the rate of babies born in the United States with opiate addiction almost threefold in a decade, said a US study on Monday. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a five-fold increase in maternal…

Radical Egypt group to back moderate Islamist candidate

CAIRO — The radical Egyptian Islamist group Gamaa Islamiyya, implicated in acts including the assassination of ex-president Anwar Sadat, on Monday threw its support behind a moderate Islamist in next month’s presidential election. “The general assembly (of Gamaa Islamiyya) voted in favour of supporting” Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, the spiritual…

Osama bin Laden complained of al Qaeda ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden bemoaned “disaster after disaster” inflicted by US drone strikes on Al-Qaeda before he was killed and even mulled changing his terror group’s name, a top US official said Monday. President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan said Al-Qaeda was losing “badly” under a huge…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity ruling expected in New York Tuesday

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was to learn Tuesday in New York whether his claim to diplomatic immunity will allow him to escape a civil suit over alleged sexual assault. The suit was lodged against Strauss-Kahn by Manhattan hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who alleges the French politician forced her into…

Microsoft ventures into ebook market with Barnes & Noble

Microsoft teamed up Monday with US bookselling giant Barnes & Noble in a venture aimed at grabbing a bigger share of the rapidly growing market for electronic books. The world’s biggest software group will make a $300 million investment in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focusing on the bookseller’s…

Archive promises to preserve 300,000 prisoner files from Nazi concentration camp

A vast archive of documents linked to the Holocaust said Monday it would preserve 300,000 original prisoner files from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany that are disintegrating. The International Tracing Service (ITS) in the western German town of Bad Arolsen uses its vast trove of historical records to help…

Supreme Court will rule on if deportation ruling is retroactive

The US Supreme Court Monday said it would address the issue of retroactively applying a 2010 decision that immigrants have the right to be told if a guilty plea may lead to deportation. The top US court said it would take up the appeal of Roselva Chaidez, a 56-year-old Mexican…

First woman convicted of Bosnia war crimes

A Bosnian Muslim former soldier on Monday became the first woman to be convicted of war crimes by a local court after admitting killing Croat civilians and prisoners during the 1990s war. “Rasema Handanovic participated with other members of her unit in the executions of three civilians and three soldiers…

Pakistani widow of man shot by CIA contractor killed by her father for refusing to marry

The widow of a Pakistani man shot dead by a CIA contractor last year in an incident that sparked a major crisis in American-Pakistani relations, was killed by her father on Monday for refusing to remarry, police said. Zahra Faizan, 24, and her 50-year-old mother, Nabeela Shehzad, were allegedly shot…

Court overturns British standard on Olympic doping

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday ruled the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) lifetime ban on drugs cheats failed to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. CAS’s decision gives the green light to the likes of British sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar, previously guilty…

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