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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez postpones summit amid health concerns

CARACAS — The mystery surrounding the medical condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez deepened with the postponement of a major regional summit he was due to host next week. Officials say the 56-year-old anti-American firebrand, who has been in Cuba since beginning an official visit on June 8, is still…

‘Nonhallucinogenic LSD’ alleviates cluster headaches: study

Six patients suffering from cluster headaches were successfully treated with 2-bromo-LSD, a nonhallucinogenic analog of LSD, according to a pilot study presented at the International Headache Congress. Cluster headaches are a neurological condition that cause extremely painful headaches, similar to a severe migraine, and affects about 0.1 percent of the…

Venezuela denies Chavez in critical condition

CARACAS (AFP) – The Venezuelan government rejected reports Sunday that President Hugo Chavez is in critical condition following emergency surgery in Cuba, insisting the firebrand leftist leader was “recovering well.” Chavez’s government said he had an operation for a pelvic abscess on June 10 and continues to mend. “He is…

Venezuela’s Chavez in ‘critical’ condition: report

MIAMI (AFP) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba following emergency surgery, is in “critical” but stable condition, Miami’s El Nuevo Herald reported Saturday, citing US intelligence sources. Chavez’s government has said he was operated on for a pelvic abscess June 10 and is recovering well; the president’s…

U.S. ready to release more oil from reserves

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it would release more oil from its reserves if necessary, after leading a global drawdown of 60 million barrels due to supply disruptions in the Middle East. “The US stands ready to do more as is necessary to address this issue,” a senior…

Sixty Qaeda prisoners escape from Yemen jail

ADEN — More than 60 Al-Qaeda prisoners escaped from a south Yemen jail on Wednesday after they clashed with guards, killing one and wounding two others, security and medical officials told AFP. The prisoners fled the central jail in al-Mukalla, capital of the Hadramawt province, into the nearby mountains after…

Giffords making “spontaneous movements,” doctor says

TUCSON (Reuters) – Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, gravely injured in a shooting rampage, is “making more spontaneous movements” and is able to feel her bullet wounds with her hands, a doctor treating her said on Wednesday. Giffords was shot through the head by a gunman who raked a meeting with semi-automatic…

Sister must donate kidney to get out of jail

CHICAGO — A Mississippi woman must donate her kidney to her sister as a condition for their early release from jail after serving 16 years for an armed robbery that netted 11 dollars. Jaime and Gladys Scott became symbols of the heavy-handed sentences handed to African Americans and the influential…

G20 protester barred from speaking to press as condition of bail

A man accused of having incited violent protests at the G20 economic summit in Toronto last June has been subjected to what his lawyer describes as “staggering” bail conditions. Not only is he forbidden to attend any public event that expresses political views but he is not even allowed to…

Rights groups, doctors condemn ‘anti-gay’ hormone treatment

A treatment for a rare birth disorder has been found to have a controversial side-effect: It evidently reduces the likelihood that treated girls will become gay. Rights groups and medical experts are coming out against the treatment, saying it amounts to “engineering in the womb for sexual orientation.” The rare…

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