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China backs Palestinian U.N. bid

China on Monday highlighted its support for the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations but called for “prudent” international action on Syria. China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said his country would back Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in any Security Council vote on membership, which the United States…

Johns Hopkins scientists figure out how to ‘disarm’ AIDS virus

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University said recently that they have learned how to “disarm” the AIDS virus by eliminating the cells’ membranes, effectively stopping it from hijacking its victim’s immune system. Research results published last week in the medical journal Blood indicated the treatment method could lead to a vaccine…

Successor chosen by Dalai Lama ‘illegal’: China

China said Monday any successor chosen by the Dalai Lama would be “illegal” after the Tibetan spiritual leader announced that he, and not Beijing, would decide whether he should be reincarnated. The Dalai Lama, who is 76, said on Saturday he would decide when he was “about 90″ whether he…

Ex-BP boss quits Russian joint venture

Tony Hayward, the former head of BP who stepped down after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill catastrophe, is leaving his post on the board of its Russian joint venture TNK-BP, the company said Monday. Hayward, who came under huge criticism for his role in the clean-up of the oil…

Two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire in China: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Two young Tibetan monks set themselves on fire to protest against government religious controls in western China on Monday, two exiled Tibetan sources said, the third such protest this year that could spark fresh tension in the unstable region. The 18-year-old monks, Kelsang and Kunchak, belong to…

More youngsters having unsafe sex: global study

(Reuters) – Young people across the globe are having more unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception options, a multinational survey revealed on Monday. The “Clueless or Clued Up: Your Right to be informed about contraception” study prepared for World Contraception Day (WCD) reports that the number of young…

Apple argues iPad case in Australia tablet row

American computer giant Apple claimed on Monday that Samsung Electronics’ latest tablet computer infringes on patents relating to touch screen technology. Lawyers for Apple addressed the Federal Court after the firm launched legal action against the South Korean company last month, accusing it of intellectual property infringements with the Galaxy…

India tests nuclear-capable missile

India tested a short-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast, an official said, as part of the nation’s efforts to build up its atomic deterrent. The trial of surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile was carried out from a range in the state of Orissa on Monday and hit its target in the…

Wary on Greece, EU mulls deepening bailout fund

Greece and the euro are facing a tough week as European Union and IMF experts resume an audit of progress on cutting the public deficit and reforming the economy, with default threatening. The EU and IMF will decide on the basis of the audit whether to release the next slice…

U.S. citizen killed by Afghan at Kabul ‘CIA compound’

A United States citizen has been shot dead by an Afghan employee at an annex to the US embassy in Kabul used by the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said Monday. The attack at the Ariana Hotel compound late Sunday also wounded another US citizen, and the gunman was killed in…

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