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Two Strikers Shot Dead At South African Coal Mine

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Two workers have been shot dead by mine security at a South African coal mine where protesters gathered to demand higher wages. Police said the two were shot Wednesday, at a mine run by Forbes Coal near Dannhauser in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, after trying to break into the facility’s armory. Police spokesman Jay Naicker said […]

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Kuwaiti Riot Police Break Up Rally for Jailed Opposition Leader

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Riot police in Kuwait on Wednesday used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of protesters demanding freedom for a jailed opposition leader accused of insulting the emir. Prosecutors have ordered Musallam al-Barrak held for 10 days while they investigate the charges. Barrack, a former member of parliament, has been accused of insulting the […]

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Clinton: US Optimistic About Croatia’s Future

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Croatia’s leaders Wednesday that their country has great potential and that the United States is optimistic about its future in the European Union. Croatia is set to join the 27-nation bloc in July of next year. It is already a member of NATO. Clinton is visiting Croatia’s capital, […]

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Thousands Flee as Cyclone Hits Southern India

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes Wednesday as a cyclone slammed into southern India from the Bay of Bengal. Officials say that Cyclone Nilam left at least two people dead, including a crew member of an oil tanker that ran aground off Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. India’s Meteorological […]

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Common Food Preservative May Slow, Halt Tumor Growth

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A common food preservative appears to slow or even stop the growth of certain head and neck cancers, according to a University of Michigan study. The researchers found that the anti-bacterial agent Nisin activates a protein that promotes cell death in cancer cells, but does not harm normal ‘good’ cells. Oral cancer is a leading […]

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Eurozone Jobless Rate Hits Record High

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Unemployment in the 17-nation euro currency bloc is rising. The European Union said Wednesday that the jobless rate in the eurozone hit 11.6 percent in September, up a tenth of a percentage point from August — a record high. The EU said another 146,000 workers lost their jobs, leaving more than 18 million people out […]

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Clinton Visits Future EU Member Croatia

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a five-nation Balkan tour, is in Croatia, where she will praise the country’s expected accession to the European Union next year. Clinton met with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic Wednesday in the capital, Zagreb, for talks on Zagreb’s future EU membership and its role as a NATO ally. […]

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1,000 Genomes Project Paints Detailed Picture of Human Variation

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Results of a project that has mapped the genetic material, or genomes, of 1,092 individuals from 14 countries will help researchers interpret genetic changes in people with disease. The first phase of the so-called ’1,000 Genomes Project,’ published in the journal Nature, profiles the rare and common genetic variations in the human species. Scientists believe […]

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Vatican Considers Limiting Sistine Chapel to Visitors

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican says it may consider limiting the number of visitors to its Sistine Chapel to prevent further damage to Michelangelo’s famed frescoes. Museum Director Antonio Paolucci says the paintings — which include the famed scene where God gives life to Adam — are being damaged by the breath, sweat and heat from the nearly […]

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EU Welcomes Afghan Election Date Announcement

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has welcomed Afghanistan’s announcement that presidential elections will be held in April of 2014. The EU’s special representative to Afghanistan, Vygaudas Usackas, said Wednesday the decision to hold elections demonstrates Afghan authorities are fulfilling their duties in accordance with political commitments. Usackas said the EU is supportive of “inclusive and transparent elections […]

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