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Air passenger demand up 6.2% but freight slumps

International passenger air travel was up 6.2 percent in August from a year ago but freight demand accelerated its plunge with a 3.8 percent decline, industry association IATA said Monday. “The industry has shifted gears downward,” said Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association. “The pace of growth in passenger markets has dipped and thefreight…

Immune system researchers win Nobel Medicine Prize

Three scientists shared the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for their ground-breaking work on the immune system which the jury said opened up new prospects for curing cancer and other diseases. The laureates are Bruce Beutler of the United States, Jules Hoffmann of Luxembourg and Ralph Steinman of Canada. “This year’s Nobel laureates have revolutionised our understanding of the immune system by…

Newspapers to disappear by 2040: UN agency chief

Newspapers will disappear and be replaced by digital versions by 2040, the UN intellectual property agency’s chief said in an interview published on Monday. Francis Gurry, who heads the World Intellectual Property Organisation told the daily La Tribune de Geneve that “in a few years, there will no longer be printed newspapers as we know it today.” “It’s…

Philippine gunmen free U.S. hostage

Kidnappers in a lawless part of the Philippines have freed an American woman after more than two months in captivity, but held on to her son and nephew, according to authorities. Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, her 14-year-old son Kevin and her Filipino teenage nephew were abducted on July 12 on a resort island…

Israel ‘increasingly isolated’ in Middle East: U.S.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Arab spring has left Israel “increasingly isolated” in the Middle East and that its military might could not make up for a weakened diplomatic position. Speaking to reporters aboard his plane bound for Israel as part of a Middle East tour, Panetta said…

12 dead in Mexico tourist hubs

Twelve people have been shot dead in two of Mexico’s top tourist spots, authorities said, in two states that have been hard hit in the country’s spiral of drug-related violence. In Mazatlan, one of Mexico’s busiest international tourism hubs, gunmen killed five people in a vehicle outside a liquor store.…

CIA worker linked to Pakistan deaths held in U.S. after fight

The CIA contractor released from prison in Pakistan in January after shooting dead two people and paying blood money to their families has been arrested in Colorado, ABC television reported. Raymond Davis was arrested early Saturday outside a bagel shop in the town of Highlands Ranch “after he allegedly fought…

Afghan women’s rights ‘at risk’ after war decade: Oxfam

Women’s rights in Afghanistan risk being forgotten as international troops withdraw and the government struggles for a peace deal 10 years after the Taliban were ousted, Oxfam said Monday. In a new report the NGO said women’s rights had improved in Afghanistan since the October 2001 US-led invasion, particularly access…

Guatemalans live in fear again as drug gangs move in

COBAN, Guatemala (Reuters) – Fifteen years after the end of a brutal civil war in Guatemala that sent tens of thousands of people fleeing to Mexico, refugees are again camping at the border. But these days they are running from a new kind of conflict — the occupation by drug…

35,000 activists and union members march in UK

A rally of 35,000 demonstrators organized by Britain’s Trades Union Congress marched peacefully in Manchester, UK on Sunday to protest the opening of the Conservative Party’s annual conference. A statement from the TUC had announced that it was “organising a march and rally to show opposition to the coalition government’s…

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