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France’s top medical expert: No evidence linking Gardasil vaccine to multiple sclerosis

One of France’s top medical experts appealed for calm Monday as a scare over a widely administered vaccine that prevents cervical cancer gathered momentum. Daniel Floret, the chair of the national committee that oversees vaccinations, said there was no evidence to link Gardasil, a vaccine against the human papilloma virus…

Israel sends security advisor to U.S. for Iran nuclear talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he will send his national security advisor to Washington for talks on a pending agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme. “I spoke yesterday with President (Barack) Obama and we agreed that in the coming days an Israeli team led by National Security…

U.S. security advisor Susan Rice to meet Karzai over Afghanistan security pact

The US national security advisor is to meet President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, officials said Monday, as Washington presses Afghanistan to quickly approve a deal to allow some US forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Karzai has hedged on when he will sign the deal despite a four-day “loya…

Oil prices drop thanks to historic U.S.-Iran nuclear deal

World oil prices slid on Monday after a US-led deal was struck between world powers and Iran on the Islamic Republic’s controversial nuclear programme. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January shed $1.82 to stand at $109.23 a barrel in London midday deals. New York’s main contract, West Texas…

Thousands of Indonesians flee erupting volcano

Almost 18,000 people have now fled their homes as a volcano violently erupts in western Indonesia, an official said, as it spewed more red-hot gas and rocks Monday. Authorities at the weekend issued the highest safety alert for Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra after it erupted spectacularly, urging…

Doug McMillon named new chief executive of Wal-Mart

Global retail titan Wal-Mart Stores on Monday named Doug McMillon, a company veteran who heads its international operations, to replace chief executive Mike Duke when Duke retires early next year. McMillon, 47, has overseen Walmart’s fastest-growing division since 2009, keeping up the growth of the world’s largest retailer through the…

South Carolina man allegedly deposits body in woods for children to find

Deputies in Lancaster, South Carolina responded to a call Saturday afternoon after a group of children found a badly decomposed human body in the woods. The victim was identified as Rickey James, a local resident who was last seen in October. Police believe that David Adam Pate lured James into…

Unruly Florida man forcibly removed from airplane after bomb threats

A Spirit Airlines flight that originated in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was delayed in Atlanta last week when a man started screaming “[t]here’s a bomb on the plane! If she takes me off, I’ll blow the f****** plane up!” The unidentified man on Flight 404 was captured on video by a…

‘Radical’ Turkistan Islamic Party claims responsibility for attack on China’s Tiananmen Square

Group releases eight-minute audio clip which warns of future attacks in Beijing A radical Islamist group has claimed responsibility for an attack on Tiananmen Square last month and warned of future attacks in the Chinese capital, according to an eight-minute audio clip obtained by a US-based internet monitoring organisation. The…

Rick Santorum’s movie ‘The Christmas Candle’ flops

The power of prayer has failed to save The Christmas Candle, the new release from Rick Santorum’s faith based film studio, EchoLight. The Christmas Candle, set in the fictional English village of Gladbury and billed as “a timeless holiday film for the entire family”, attracted widespread critical scorn as well…

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