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Researchers: Chemical in crude oil may cause babies to develop heart defects

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Babies who are exposed before birth to ethyl benzene, a toxic component in crude oil, may have a higher risk of developing congenital heart disease, US researchers said Saturday. Another chemical used as an industrial metal degreasing agent, trichloroethylene (TCE), also boosted heart risks, said the research…

Russia prosecutes reputed U.S. spy-ring turncoat

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s domestic intelligence agency said on Tuesday that it had established the guilt of a man local media have identified as the spymaster who betrayed a ring of agents operating in the United States last year. Prime Minister Vladimir Putinand other officials have suggested a turncoat’s betrayal led to the…

‘Nazi guard’ Demjanjuk’s lawyer calls for acquittal

MUNICH, Germany — Alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk’s lawyer called Tuesday for his client to be acquitted in final arguments at the end of a high-profile trial in Germany. Lawyer Ulrich Busch told the court in Munich, where the Ukrainian-born 91-year-old has been on trial since November 2009,…

UK arrests five in terror alert near nuclear site

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said Tuesday they had arrested five men close to a nuclear reprocessing plant in northwest England under counter-terrorism laws. The arrests were made afterPrime Minister David Cameronurged Britain to remain vigilant against potential reprisals following the killing of al Qaedaleader Osama bin Laden inPakistan by U.S. forces. Police said they were unaware of any…

Pakistan’s president hails bin Laden’s death, promises probe

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s president has dismissed as “baseless” accusations that his nation extends safe haven to extremists and insisted its long-term help was crucial to the US success in gunning down Osama bin Laden. Asif Ali Zardari’s defence came after Washington warned it would probe how the Al-Qaeda…

Libya rebel city tense as Gaddafi ultimatum expires

MISRATA, Libya (AFP) – The besieged Libyan rebel city of Misrata braced for a new bombardment by Moamer Kadhafi’s forces on Tuesday as an ultimatum for its surrender expired a day after shelling killed 14 people. Loyalist tanks thrust into the western suburbs of the oil-rich North African nation’s third…

After killing bin Laden, US grills ally Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States warned it would probe how Osama bin Laden managed to live in undetected luxury in Pakistan, as gripping details emerged about the US commando raid that killed the Al-Qaeda kingpin. Officials said DNA tests had proven conclusively that the man shot dead by US…

Bahrain king ‘sows terror among journalists’

PARIS — Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) added Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa to its latest blacklist of “predators” against press freedom on Tuesday. The king entered the watchdog’s list of 38 state “predators” that “sow terror among journalists”, which included three Arab countries hit by recent…

Al Qaeda may seek vengeance for bin Laden: U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government urged police and the public to be on high alert Monday for possible terrorist plots to avenge slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, warning Western targets around the world were at risk. CIA director Leon Panetta, a key architect of the daring US special…

Reacting to bin Laden’s assassination, Obama hails ‘a good day for America’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama Monday hailed a great day for America after Osama bin Laden’s death, but Pakistan faced tough questions over the terror kingpin’s roomy hideout in a key garrison city. A sober but clearly relieved Obama said the world was a better place after US…

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