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Scientists find ‘master switch’ to controlling human fat

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have found that a gene linked to diabetes and cholesterol is a “master switch” that controls other genes found in fat in the body, and say it should help in the search for treatments for obesity-related diseases. In a study published in the journal Nature Genetics, the British researchers…

Russia opens trial into ‘US spy ring traitor’

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court on Monday began hearing the case of a former top secret service agent accused of treason and defecting after he blew the cover on a sleeper spy ring in the United States last year. Alexander Poteyev, who is being tried in absentia and is…

IMF chief vows to fight sex assault charges

NEW YORK (AFP) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was to face charges in a New York court on Monday of trying to rape a hotel chambermaid as lawyers back in France threatened to file another sex assault complaint. While pundits predicted the scandal would scupper the veteran politician’s chances of…

Saudi woman defies kingdom’s ban on women driving

Saudi women’s group using Facebook, Twitter to call for June 17 protest drive aimed at lifting the ban JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi mother said Sunday she defied a ban on women drivers in the ultra-conservative kingdom by getting behind the wheel for four days without being stopped. Najla…

Iranian cleric: Ahmadinejad ‘under a spell’

By Laurent Maillard TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been put “under a spell” by his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, an ultra-conservative cleric was quoted by local media on Sunday as saying. “I’ve told some of my close friends that I am more than 90 percent certain…

Unexploded cluster bomb kills three Iraqi children

DIWANIYAH, Iraq — Three young boys were killed and another was badly wounded on Sunday when an unexploded cluster bomb detonated in south Iraq, medical and security officials said. The children, who officials estimated were aged between six and 12, were playing in a garden in the village of Al-Attah,…

Five killed in Baghdad rocket attacks

BAGHDAD — Three members of the same family and two other people were killed in violence in the capital and northern Iraq on Sunday, including a string of Baghdad rocket attacks, a security official said. In the deadliest incident, gunmen wearing police uniforms stormed a family home in the Bayaa…

Bloodshed on Israel borders on Nakba Day

JERUSALEM — Deadly gunfire broke out on Sunday as Palestinian refugees across the region marched on Israel’s borders in a mass show of mourning over the 1948 creation of the Jewish state. Israeli gunfire killed at least two people on the border with Lebanon as thousands of mainly Palestinian refugees…

Syrian protesters killed at Lebanon border crossing

DAMASCUS — The deadly unrest in Syria spilled over into Lebanon where a woman was killed at a border crossing as protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime entered a third month on Sunday. Gunfire from Syria raked a crowd at Al-Boqayah crossing near the town of Wadi Khaled, killing the…

Head of IMF facing sex assault charges

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged on Sunday with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, in a scandal that appeared to wreck his hopes of running for president of France. The charges threatened to create a leadership vacuum at the IMF, overseer of…

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