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Drug arsenal could help end AIDS: WHO

Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, a cure remains elusive but a growing arsenal of drugs could someday help end new infections, the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS chief says. The key is figuring out how to best manage the latest advances, Gottfried Hirnschall said in an interview with AFP during…

Candlelight ceremony marks end of Spain’s bull running festival

Thousands of revellers raised candles in the air and swayed back and forth as they sang a mournful song to mark the end on Saturday of Spain’s most famous bull running festival in Pamplona. “Poor me, poor me, the San Fermin fiesta has come to an end,” the crowd sang just after the…

Israeli anti-government protester lights himself on fire during rally

A protester was in hospital in a serious condition after setting himself alight at a march for social justice in Tel Aviv late Saturday, police said. “He left photocopies in the street of a letter that he had read out before setting himself on fire,” police spokeswoman Luba Samritold AFP, adding that the man…

Olympics organizers to probe Adidas ‘exploitation’ claims

London Olympics organisers said on Saturday that they would investigate claims that workers in a Cambodian Adidas factory were being paid just $61 a month to produce official merchandise for the Games. The investigation came after Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that workers at the sportswear brand’s factory outside Phnom…

European defense contractor considers launching its own bank

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is considering launching its own bank to better manage its accounts, the new chief of subsidiary Airbus said in an interview. “Our parent company EADS is currently studying the possible advantages of founding our own bank,” Fabrice Bregier told the Sunday edition…

Afghan wedding suicide attack kills MP, 16 others

A suicide bomber killed a prominent Afghan lawmaker and 16 other people at his daughter’s wedding party in the north of the country on Saturday, officials said. The attacker embraced MP Ahmad Khan, a former militia commander, in front of wedding guests before detonating the explosives strapped around his waist,…

Israel ‘still holds 5 foreign women activists’

Israel was still holding five foreign women activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman said. “Five European activists arrested Friday during a demonstration in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) remain in detention,” Luba Samri told AFP. “The five…

Students sue school district for violating their ‘right to read’

Michigan students sue school district for violating their 'right to read' Students are suing the state of Michigan and their Detroit-area school district for violating their “right to read.” The class-action lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind, and potentially signals a new wave of civil rights litigation…

Two charged with trying to smuggle nuclear-related equipment to Iran

US charges two with trying to smuggle nuclear-related equipment to Iran An Iranian businessman and a Chinese importer have been charged in a seven-count federal indictment with conspiring to smuggle nuclear-related equipment from the US to Iran, federal officials announced on Friday. Parviz Khaki of Iran and Zongcheng Yi of…

400,000 told to evacuate in Japan deluge

About 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan Saturday as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of…

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