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Chemical in plastic containers makes male mice act like females

WASHINGTON — Male mice who were exposed as babies to BPA, a chemical common in canned foods and plastic containers, act more like females and are seen as less desirable mates, a US study showed Monday. The findings could have implications for how BPA, or Bisphenol A, may affect human…

U.S. concerned over Libya weapons reaching al Qaeda

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The United States has real concerns about weapons from Libya ending up in the hands of al Qaeda, the commander of the U.S. military’s Africa Command said on Wednesday. “There is a very real concern for all the regional partners, and the United States shares this concern,…

US concerned by deaths of detainees in Bahrain

WASHINGTON — The United States voiced concern Wednesday over the deaths of people in police custody in Bahrain, which has cracked down on a wave of Shiite-led anti-government protests. Bahrain’s Shiite Muslim opposition said a fourth detainee, Karim Fakhrawi, has died in Bahraini custody, as Human Rights Watch urged the…

China’s Hu warns US on Tibet, Taiwan

WASHINGTON — Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday warned the United States to respect Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan and Tibet but assured that his country had no interest in engaging in an arms race. Hu repeatedly urged “mutual respect” and cooperation between the Pacific powers as he delivered a policy…

Depth of Nixon’s racial prejudices exposed in audio recordings

Kissinger argued for indifference toward slaughter of Soviet Jews — and Nixon agreed President Richard Nixon was, to put it bluntly, an avowed racist, according to audio recordings released recently by his presidential library. Nixon, talking with top aides in secret in the Oval Office, went into further details about his…

Biden: Pakistan is my biggest worry

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that his greatest concern was not Afghanistan, not Iraq, nor the Iranian nuclear crisis, but Pakistan. “I think it’s a big country. It has nuclear weapons that are able to be deployed. It has a real significant minority of radicalized population,”…

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