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Floods strand thousands in U.S. after Irene

Thousands remained cut off by severe flooding across Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York Wednesday in the lingering aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which has killed nearly 50 people. US President Barack Obama signed a declaration that a “major disaster” existed in parts of North Carolina and New York, paving…

Study of coral may lead to sunburn pill

A study of underwater coral reefs by researchers of King’s College London may lead to the development of a pill to prevent sunburn. The research team hope within the next two years to test a compound based on one which shields coral against harmful ultraviolet rays. “We already knew that…

Australia slams ‘irresponsible’ Wikileaks

SYDNEY — Australia lashed out Wednesday at WikiLeaks, calling it “incredibly irresponsible” for publishing a secret US cable detailing Australians with suspected links to Yemeni terrorism. The whistle-blowing site’s latest batch of confidential and secret documents includes one from the US embassy in Canberra that recommends 11 Australians be placed…

WikiLeaks site crashes after cyber attack

SAN FRANCISCO — Controversial anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Tuesday it was fending off a cyberattack after being lambasted for releasing more supposedly confidential US diplomatic cables. “WikiLeaks.org is presently under cyberattack,” the organization said in a terse message on microblogging service Twitter. The message provided a link to a cablegatesearch.net…

Newborn death rates decrease worldwide: WHO

GENEVA — Global death rates among newborns under one month old are dropping, a study by the World Health Organization showed Tuesday. “Newborn deaths decreased from 4.6 million in 1990 to 3.3 million in 2009,” the UN health agency said in a statement. However, developing nations are still reporting a…

Syria prison deaths show sharp rise in 2011: Amnesty International

GENEVA — The number of deaths in Syrian prisons rose sharply in 2011, Amnesty International said Tuesday, describing it as one of the “most shocking features” of the regime’s crackdown on demonstrations. “No less than 88 such deaths have been reported to Amnesty International as occurring during the period from…

China piracy spurred Apple to action: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON — Apple set up a global security team three years ago to combat rampant counterfeiting of the iPod and iPhone in China, according to a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. The California-based gadget-maker hired away employees from the drug company Pfizer who led a crackdown on pirate Viagra…

Mexico to give HPV vaccine to all girls from 2012

MEXICO CITY — Mexico plans to administer the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer, to all girls beginning next year, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday. Beginning in 2012, the HPV vaccine will be part of the normal course of shots given to all girls at…

WikiLeaks denies it reveals sources in new U.S. cables

The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks denied Tuesday that it has revealed the names of some of the sources in a new batch of US diplomatic cables it has released. The New York Times alleged that some of the 133,887 newly published cables included the names of some people who had spoken…

Myanmar jails man for 10 years for web article

A court in military-dominated Myanmar has sentenced a retired major to a decade in prison for writing an article deemed subversive and distributing it to overseas media, his lawyer said Tuesday. Nay Myo Zin, 36, was arrested in April, accused of harming national security, the rule of law, peace and…

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