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Australian study will use Botox to treat hay fever

The best-selling wrinkle erasing drug Botox will be used in an Australian study to treat hay fever, researchers said Tuesday after it showed promise in providing relief in early trials. Philip Bardin, a professor at the Monash Medical Centre which is linked to Melbourne’s Monash University, said Botox was already…

Mexico says it may have killed Zetas cartel leader

The Mexican navy said the leader of the Zetas, a powerful drug cartel implicated in a grisly string of mass killings, was apparently killed in a shootout near the US border. The navy said in a statement that it was still awaiting final forensic results, but that the body appeared…

Taiwan showgirls strip for the dead

Dressed in mini skirts barely covering their hips, the two girls took to the neon-lit stage and moved vigorously to the loud pumping pop music. Their job: to appease the wandering spirits. As the temple facade in the background changed colour from the fireworks lighting up the Taiwanese night sky,…

World leaders meet on disaster management in Japan

SENDAI, Japan — Politicians and aid officials will gather in Japan’s quake- and tsunami-hit northeast Tuesday to discuss what lessons can be learned from disasters. Pre-emptive measures to reduce damage — and save lives — when nature strikes will be top of the agenda at this two-day conference, part of…

Chavez won’t slow down despite opposition surge

CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez is unlikely to tone down his polarizing style or abandon his socialist revolution despite an electoral fright due to the stronger, more united Venezuelan opposition. The charismatic leftist leader extended a hand to the opposition after defeating Henrique Capriles in Sunday’s election, but pledged moments…

IMF warns U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ would set back world economy

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund warned US leaders that hitting the looming “fiscal cliff” would not only crush the American economy but spin havoc through the rest of the world. The US needs to shrink its huge fiscal deficit over the medium term but steep spending cuts and tax…

Man arrested for defacing Rothko mural

LONDON — British police on Monday arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of defacing a mural by US artist Mark Rothko at London’s Tate Modern gallery. The gallery shut for a short time on Sunday after the damage was found on the corner of one of Rothko’s Seagram murals. Sussex police…

France fears hundreds of Islamist extremists at large

PARIS — France’s interior minister on Monday predicted more arrests of Islamic extremists and warned of possibly hundreds of home-grown militants at large following a crackdown that sent shockwaves through the country’s Jewish community. Manuel Valls issued his warning in the wake of a nationwide sweep at the weekend which…

Swedish twins separated at birth in Indonesia find 12 more siblings

A set of twins separated at birth in Indonesia when they were put up for adoption and who found each other this year in Sweden have discovered they have another 12 siblings, the two said on Monday. “We spoke to our biological mother this spring on Skype. She is around…

‘Midnight’s Children’ film finds distributor in India

A new film of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children” is due to be released in India after fears it would not find a distributor in the country where it is set, according to a report. PVR Pictures has acquired the film to be shown in Indian cinemas by the…

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