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Electrocuted man gets new face

BOSTON (AFP) – A young man horrifically injured by an electric shock while working in a cherry picker has successfully received the United States’ first full face transplant, a Boston hospital said Monday. Dallas Wiens, 25, can look forward to a new life with a donated face attached last week…

Daniel Ellsberg arrested at protest for Bradley Manning

Update: Ellsberg arrested twice in single weekend — watch footage from Sunday’s protest here Dozens of activists, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, were arrested Sunday at a military base holding the US soldier suspected of leaking secret US cables, supporters said. “It was…

GOP congressman says families should abandon city life

In the documentary Urban Danger, 84-year-old Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, who is serving his tenth term as the representative of Maryland’s Sixth District, explains why US citizens should avoid living in cities. “There are a number of events that could create a situation in our cities where civil unrest could…

The Wire producer: War on drugs is ‘a war on the underclass’

David Simon, the creator and executive producer of HBO’s The Wire, said the war on drugs had devolved into a war on the underclass after actress Felicia Pearson was arrested in Baltimore on drug charges. Thirty-year-old Pearson had served a prison sentence for murder before join the cast of The…

Women march for better life on International Women’s Day

PARIS – Women worldwide took to the streets Tuesday to mark the 100th International Women’s Day, with protests against honour killings, the objectification of women in Italy and the shooting of seven women in Ivory Coast. Drawing inspiration from the boardrooms of Finland and the toppling of autocratic regimes in…

India’s Supreme Court allows ‘passive euthanasia’

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday that life support can be legally removed for some terminally ill patients in a ruling that will allow “passive euthanasia” for the first time. The judgement came during a hearing into the case of former nurse Aruna Shanbaug, who has…

NASA scientist claims he’s found clear evidence of alien life

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A NASA scientist’s claim that he found tiny fossils of alien life in the remnants of a meteorite has stirred both excitement and skepticism, and is being closely reviewed by 100 experts. Richard Hoover’s paper, along with pictures of the microscopic earthworm-like creatures, were published late Friday…

Air pollution could reduce life by two years: EU

PARIS – Curbing air pollution in major European cities could save 19,000 lives per year, add almost two years to local life expectancy and save 31.5 billion euros (43.4 billion dollars) in health costs and work absenteeism, an EU-funded study said on Wednesday. The nearly three-year probe, called Aphekom, looked…

New Zealand quake toll to climb as rescue hopes fade

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – New Zealand and international rescuers held out slim hope of finding survivors three days after an earthquake struck the city of Christchurch, but with many still missing the death toll is expected to rise far above 100. Teams from quake-prone countries such as Japan and the United…

New York airport bomb plotter handed life sentence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced an Islamist militant to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of participating in a plot to bomb New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Russel Defreitas, 67, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Guyana, was found guilty in…

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