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Danish sperm donor passes genetic disorder to five children

COPENHAGEN — A Danish sperm donor has passed a potentially severe genetic disorder to five children after a screening test failed to catch that he had the disease, health officials said Monday. The donor transmitted the tumor-producing nerve disorder Neurofibromatosis type I, sometimes known as Von Recklinghausen’s disease, to five…

Tibet exiles seek new tactics to shake off despair

DHARAMSHALA, India — Tibetan exiles will hold their biggest gathering in four years from Tuesday where delegates will try to come up with new policies to end a spate of gruesome self-immolations. About 400 Tibetans from around the world have come together in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala…

New Zealand man gets eel stuck up his butt

An unnamed New Zealand man showed up at an emergency room in Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand within the last week with an eel stuck in his butt. “The eel was about the size of a decent sprig of asparagus and the incident is the talk of the place,” a…

Bordeaux wine producers warn allowing U.S. labels to use ‘chateau’ would be ‘cheating’

Bordeaux wine producers warned Monday that a European Union decision to authorise their US rivals to use the term ‘chateau’ on bottles sold in Europe would amount to “cheating consumers”. As things stand, American wines which use ‘chateau’ on their label cannot be sold in the European Union, where rules…

Secretary Clinton calls for taxing the global elite ‘in an equitable manner’

NEW YORK — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entered the 2012 US presidential campaign fray for the first time Monday, highlighting a burning issue at the center of debate — taxing the wealthy. “One of the issues that I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes…

French doctors stand trial for covering up deadly radiation overdoses

Two hospital doctors and a radiologist accused of giving hundreds of cancer patients potentially deadly radiation overdoses and then destroying evidence to cover up the mistake, have gone on trial for manslaughter. At least seven people died out of a group of 24 patients who received doses of radiation up…

‘Catch Me If You Can’-inspired Italian man impersonates airline pilot

An Italian man arrested after flying as a fake airline pilot told police he was inspired by the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. The unnamed man, who was going by the name Andrea Sirlo, tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one jet by posing as a pilot.…

South Korean dictator’s daughter apologizes for abuses

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her “sincere apologies” on Monday to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee. “I believe that it is an unchanging value of democracy that ends cannot justify the means in politics,” Park Geun-Hye said…

Minister: Palestinian state efforts at risk in cash crisis

Efforts to create a Palestinian state could collapse unless emergency funds are found to bail out its nascent government, the Palestinian finance minister said. The Palestinian Authority faces a $400 million shortfall this year and has already been hit by protests over the spiralling cost of living and spending cuts…

German economic miracle leaves the poorest behind

The economic “miracle” that has enabled Germany to escape the worst of Europe’s debt crisis is largely passing by some of the most vulnerable people in society, critics say. And as Germany finally begins to feel the pinch from a crisis that has pushed most of its neighbours into recession,…

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