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Australia study points to potential cure for AIDS

99 ViewsAn Australian scientist said he had discovered how to turn the HIV virus against itself to stop it progressing to AIDS, describing it as a major breakthrough in finding a cure for the disease. David Harrich, from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, said he had successfully modified a protein in HIV that the […]

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Egyptian court orders re-trial for Mubarak

69 Views An Egyptian court has accepted an appeal by ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister, allowing him to be retried over the killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising. “The court has ruled to accept the appeal filed by the defendants … and orders a retrial,” Judge Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman […]

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Japan unveils $117 billion stimulus package

71 ViewsBattered by weak exports and an economy in recession, Japan unveiled a $117 billion fiscal stimulus package Friday in a bid to boost growth.The measure will increase spending on public works, disaster recovery and provide aid to smaller businesses. The plan is part of newly installed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to get the […]

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David Cameron rules out reduction in age of consent for sex

85 ViewsDavid Cameron has rejected an “offensive” suggestion by officials that the age of sexual consent might be reduced to The change was among ideas floated by the Number 10 policy unit after being asked to come up with new ways to extend personal freedoms, the Daily Mail reported. Among other recommendations was a relaxation […]

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Symbolic bid to impeach Hong Kong leader

108 ViewsHong Kong politicians have made an unprecedented attempt to impeach the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Wednesday’s bid to impeach Leung Chun-ying, the China-backed chief executive of Hong Kong, comes less than two weeks after thousands took to the streets on January 1 calling for Leung to quit and demanding greater democracy. Emily […]

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Mozambique doctors go on strike over low pay

129 ViewsDoctors in Mozambique have gone on strike over pay and working conditions demands, which they claim have not been met by the government, Al Jazeera has learned. In mounting the strike on Monday, the doctors defied the government, which prohibits public-service workers from going on strike. It is not clear how many of the […]

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Central African rebels seize one more town

83 ViewsRebels in the Central African Republic have taken the southern town of Alindao around 100km from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a government spokesman has confirmed. The military advance on Saturday came after the UN Security Council called on rebels to halt their offensive and withdraw from other towns and cities […]

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Nigeria: On the brink of a food crisis

82 ViewsThree months after floods swept through northern Nigeria, reality is now setting in for the millions affected. The floods ravaged more than 20 states across the country. Aid Agencies there are warning of an impending food shortage. They say the needs of the people are immense and only a few organisations are helping. Although […]

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94 ViewsTwo US drone strikes in the Pakistan tribal regions bordering Afghanistan have killed at least nine people, including a senior Taliban commander who had a truce with Pakistan’s military, Pakistani intelligence officials have said. Six people, including senior Taliban commander Mullah Nazir were killed in the strike in South Waziristan and three others were […]

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Pope’s new year address deplores rampant capitalism

78 ViewsPope Benedict XVI has condemned “unregulated capitalism” for contributing to world tension, in a new year address to worshippers. The Pope also thanked the world’s peacemakers and said humanity had “an innate vocation for peace”. The Roman Catholic Church leader spoke at a Mass in the Vatican, then greeted a crowd outside St Peter’s […]

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