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Study links medieval Black Death to present plague

A much less virulent version of the Black Death plague that killed a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century is still present today, according to a study published Tuesday. DNA testing on the skeletons of plague victims unearthed in a medieval London mass grave reveals part of the…

Unethical US research killed 83 in Guatemala: panel

At least 83 people died as human guinea pigs in macabre US research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala in the 1940s, a commission ordered by President Barack Obama concluded. Nearly 5,500 people were subjected to diagnostic testing and more than 1,300 were exposed to venereal diseases by human contact…

US Muslims ‘happy with life despite discrimination’

US Muslims are far more satisfied with the direction of their country than most Americans even though nearly half of them have faced discrimination and prejudice in the past year, a poll found Tuesday. The survey was conducted ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and aimed…

70-year-old bids to become oldest to swim the Channel

A 70-year-old grandfather waded into the chilly sea on Tuesday in a bid to become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel. Roger Allsopp set off from Shakespeare Beach in Dover at 8:00am, heading for Cap Gris-Nez on the northeast French coast, some 21 miles (34 kilometres) away.…

U.S. asks Libyan rebels to re-examine Lockerbie case

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it has asked Libya’s new rebel leadership to re-examine the case of the Libyan convicted of the 1988 plane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. The United States has long criticized the decision by Scottish authorities in August, 2009 to release…

Putin promotes Russian unity with ‘biker brothers’

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday described leather-clad bikers as brothers and boasted of the “indivisible Russian nation” after roaring into a biking rally on a Harley Davidson. The black-clad Putin led a column of bikers, their lights blazing into the night sky, who drove into a mass biking rally…

Gaddafi’s wife, two sons and daughter in Algeria: ministry

Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s wife, two sons and a daughter entered Algeria on Monday, the foreign ministry in Algiers announced. “The wife of Moamer Kadhafi, Safiya, his daughter Aisha, and sons Hannibal and Mohammed, accompanied by their children, entered Algeria at 08:45 am (0745 GMT) through the Algeria-Libyan border,” the…

U.S. dismisses Georgian elections as illegitimate

The United States on Monday dismissed elections in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia as illegitimate, and renewed support for what it called Georgia’s internationally-recognized borders. In polls on Saturday that were widely seen as illegitimate, Abkhazia elected Alexander Ankvaba, a top politician who advocates firm ties with Russia, as the…

Japan’s finance minister Noda to become PM

Japan’s premier-designate Yoshihiko Noda on Monday vowed a safe pair of hands in rebuilding the country from its tsunami-nuclear disasters after he was elected the ruling party chief. The low-key, business-friendly finance minister is set to be confirmed as prime minister on Tuesday by parliament, replacing the unpopular Naoto Kan…

Mumbai hit by heavy flooding

Heavy rainfall left parts of the Indian financial hub Mumbai underwater on Monday, flooding homes, closing schools and badly disrupting train services. The Indian Meteorological Department said 178.6 millimetres (7.03 inches) of rain fell in the 24 hours to 8:30 am local time (0300 GMT) in the south of the…

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