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Hospitalized Prince Philip will miss diamond jubilee celebrations

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s 90-year-old husband, was hospitalised Monday with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of her diamond jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace said. The new health scare comes less than six months after he suffered chest pains during the royal family’s Christmas break and had to…

Tobacco companies spend $47.7 million in California to fight $1-per-pack tax

An advertising blitz funded by tobacco companies has eroded Californians’ support for a ballot measure to raise taxes on cigarettes, putting the vote’s outcome in doubt. Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds have flooded airwaves with warnings that the proposed $1 tax on cigarette packs is a flawed idea which would…

Controversial stem cell treatments bring hope after early human trials

Marcus Hilton sits in front of the TV and stares at the Sky News headlines scrolling along the bottom of the screen. If he moves his head about, he can find the little patch of vision in his right eye where letters jump from a tiny size to suddenly bigger.…

U.S. government withholds documents in Manning’s Wikileaks case

The US government is in possession of 250,000 pages of documents relating to the transmission of state secrets to whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which it is refusing to disclose to defence lawyers representing the alleged source of the leaks, Bradley Manning. Manning’s civilian lawyer, David Coombs, has lodged a motion with…

Comedian Bill Maher reveals NY Mets ownership stake

Comedian Bill Maher, a New York native and life-long supporter of the New York Mets, revealed that he has purchased a minority ownership stake in the Major League Baseball club. The 56-year-old television show host said he made the purchase months ago, but would not say for how much. Shares of the club were put up…

Zimmerman returns to jail after bail revoke

A neighborhood watch volunteer accused of shooting dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida was in jail Monday after a judge revoked his bail for allegedly misleading the court. George Zimmerman, 28, faces second degree murder charges over the death of Trayvon Martin, 17, who was heading home from a…

Research shows promising treatments against skin cancer

Two new experimental treatments against advanced melanoma have shown promise in keeping the deadly skin cancer at bay, according to research presented in the United States on Monday. The agents, known as Dabrafenib and Trametinib, are being developed by the British pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline, and were tested in clinical trials against standard chemotherapy treatments. The…

Officials: U.S. missiles kill 15 in Pakistan

US missiles killed 15 militants in Pakistan’s Taliban and Al-Qaeda stronghold of North Waziristan on Monday, the third drone strike in three days and the deadliest this year, officials said. The attack looked set to inflame tensions with Islamabad ahead of a visit by a US assistant defence secretary, Peter Lavoy, on a mission to persuade Pakistan…

Colombian drug lord captured in Venezuela

One of the top leaders of Los Rastrojos, a powerful drug carteloperating near the border between Venezuela and Colombia, has been captured by Venezuelan authorities, the government said. Diego Perez Enao, also known as Diego Rastrojo, was seized Sunday in the town of Rojas de Barinas following a weeks-long intelligence operation, Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El…

Nintendo seeks E3 game show buzz with Wii U peek

Nintendo provided a glimpse into its second-generation Wii console as the Japanese videogame giant set out to generate excitement ahead of the E3 industry extravaganza. In a webcast streamed online, Nintendo president Satoru Iwatarevealed details about the Wii U GamePad and promised more was to come at a press conference in Los…

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