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Female hormonal contraception linked to higher HIV risk

PARIS — Women who use hormonal birth control are roughly twice as likely to become infected with HIV or pass on the AIDS virus to their partner, according to a study published on Tuesday. The research was carried out among 3,790 heterosexual couples in Africa where one partner had the…

BRICs push for bigger say in running of internet

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Campaigners for a loosely regulated Internet are alarmed at the risk to Web freedom from fast-growing BRIC and other emerging economies seeking more say in how the online realm is policed. They fear tighter government control by authoritarian countries will strangle the liberal culture which has allowed…

Libyan rebels claim control of Brega

AJDABIYA, Libya — Libya’s rebels said they were in control of Brega on Monday as loyalist forces retreated leaving just 150-200 fighters pinned down inside the refinery town but the government insisted it had repulsed the rebel assault. “The bulk of (Moamer) Kadhafi’s forces have retreated to Ras Lanuf,” rebel…

Afghan transition begins with a whimper amid attack

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan began the long-publicized transition to control of its own security amid secrecy, not fanfare, on Sunday, a reminder of how tense the country is as foreign troops start to head home and violence spreads. Ministers flew to central Bamiyan province, one of the most peaceful places…

Deadly Mexico prison break near U.S. border

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — At least seven prisoners were killed and 59 others escaped after guards lost control of a prison in the town of Nuevo Laredo, on the border with the United States, state officials said. Soldiers surrounded the Sanctions Enforcement Center prison following a breakout that came after…

Pakistan regains control with 95 dead in Karachi

Pakistan announced on Saturday its troops had taken back areas of Karachi occupied by armed groups and arrested more than 100 people after political violence across the vast port city claimed 95 lives. Four days of unrest has been blamed on political and ethnic tensions, with gunmen firing on two…

Argentina considers OPEC-like deal for lithium

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina is promoting the idea of an OPEC-like cartel for itself, Bolivia and Chile, which together control 85 percent of the world’s reserves of lithium, a key component in electric car batteries. “In the near future and with our production at such a high level, Bolivia, Argentina…

Murdoch’s News Corp. moves closer to takeover of Sky TV

Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling media conglomerate News Corp. moved closer to full control of British pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB on Thursday after the government accepted plans to spin off Sky News. US giant News Corp. undertook in March to hive off the rolling news channel to address competition concerns over its bid to buy the 61-percent…

France providing weapons to Libya rebels: report

PARIS (Reuters) – France is providing weapons to Libyan rebels in the Western Mountains in an effort to help them push on to Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Wednesday. Citing unidentified sources, Le Figaro said France had parachuted “large amounts” of weapons,…

Arizona’s second biggest fire ever now threatens New Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A huge fire that has destroyed hundreds of miles of forest land in Arizona now is threatening to cross into neighboring New Mexico, authorities said. Thousands of firefighters have been battling the blaze, dubbed the Wallow Fire, the second biggest in the history of Arizona. The…

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