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Ancient tomb of Egyptian beer producer uncovered in Luxor

Egypt said Friday a Japanese archaeological team has discovered the tomb of a leading beer producer from the pharaonic period in the country’s famed temple city of Luxor. The tomb of Khonso Em Heb, who lived 3,200 years ago, was “one of the most important discoveries made in the city…

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to toss nuns’ lawsuit over birth control mandate

The US Justice Department on Friday asked the Supreme Court to throw out a challenge from a nuns’ group against a birth control mandate in the Obamacare health reform law. The Little Sisters of the Poor had asked the US high court to exempt it from the controversial birth control…

Sen. Bernie Sanders asks the NSA: Are you spying on Congress?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday asked the head of the National Security Agency to disclose whether the agency has monitored members of Congress or other elected officials. “I am writing today to ask you one very simple question,” he wrote in a letter to NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander.…

At least 6 killed as Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally in Egypt

At least six people were killed on Friday in clashes across Egypt as police dispersed thousands of protesters demanding deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi be reinstated, officials said. The protests came after an Islamist alliance that backs Morsi called for demonstrations ahead of a new hearing on Wednesday in a…

General Mills vows to make GMO-free Cheerios

Cheerios will be made without any genetically modified ingredients in the United States, producer General Mills announced, answering growing consumer concerns about the issue. The popular breakfast cereal is already made in Europe without GMO (genetically modified organism) content, and the company said late Thursday that Original Cheerios had only…

Obesity ballooning in developing world: report

The number of obese and overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled to almost a billion between 1980 and 2008, a think-tank report said on Friday. There are now far more obese or overweight adults in the developing world than in richer countries, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said.…

Ancient stone bridge revealed after Chinese lake dries up

A stone bridge dating back to the Ming dynasty has been discovered after water levels plunged at China’s largest freshwater lake, a Beijing newspaper reported Friday. The remains of the 2,930-metre-long bridge, made entirely of granite and dating back nearly 400 years, appeared at Poyang lake in the central province…

Women with cocaine under wigs detained by Spanish police

Spanish police said Friday they caught two women flying in from Brazil with more than a kilo (two pounds) of cocaine each hidden under their wigs. The two women, who were Portuguese and aged 18 and 28, arrived at Madrid’s Barajas airport on different days from Sao Paulo, police said…

Revealed: Margaret Thatcher ‘made no case’ for Nelson Mandela’s release

Scant evidence in official documents that prime minister pressured PW Botha to release ANC leader, as supporters claim Margaret Thatcher barely mentioned the plight of Nelson Mandela when she controversially invited the hardline South African president PW Botha to talks at Chequers on 2 June 1984, newly released Downing Street…

Leaked: NSA wants to build quantum computer that could break nearly any kind of encryption

The US National Security Agency is making strides toward building a “quantum computer” that could break nearly any kind of encryption, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The Post said leaked documents from fugitive ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden indicate the computer would allow the secret intelligence agency to break encryption used…

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