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Embryonic stem cells from adult skin cloned

For the first time, US researchers have cloned embryonic stem cells from adult cells, a breakthrough on the path towards helping doctors treat a host of diseases. The embryonic stem cells–which were created by fusing an adult skin cell with an egg cell that had been stripped…

Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis

Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal on Thursday aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but the US president, Barack Obama, cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement…

Sub dives deeper in hunt for MH370

The mini-sub searching for missing flight MH370 has reached record depths well beyond its normal operating limits, officials said on Friday as it dived on its fifth seabed mission…

People read a book by Colombian 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in front of the funeral parlour in Mexico City on April 17, 2014. Garcia Marquez, the author of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ passed away on Thursday at his home with his wife and two sons by his side. - AFP photo

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author whose “magical realism” told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87.

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Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country…

A woman shouts slogans during a protest against separatism in Odessa held outside the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

Ukraine on the brink of civil war: Medvedev

The Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, on Tuesday said Ukraine was on the verge of civil war as Kiev authorities launched a military operation against pro-Kremlin militants in the separatist east…

Dutch teen arrested for Twitter airline threat

Dutch police have arrested a teenaged girl after she allegedly tweeted a threat to American Airlines posing as an al-Qaeda member, a police spokesman said on Monday. The 14-year-old girl named Sarah ‘reported to the police this morning…

Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

A Milan court has ruled that Silvio Berlusconi will perform a year of community service for his tax fraud conviction at a centre for the elderly. The assignment curtails Berlusconi’s ability to participate in the upcoming European election campaign…

Obama urges Putin to rein in Ukraine insurgents

US president Barack Obama urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a phone call Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine, as the Kiev government sought UN help to tackle…

Michele McNally (C), director of photography and assistant managing editor of The New York Times, is flanked by photographers Tyler Hicks (L) and Josh Haner (R) after it was announced in the New York newsroom that Hicks and Haner had won Pulitzer prizes for their work, Monday, April 14, 2014. – AFP photo

Washington Post, Guardian share Pulitzer for NSA coverage

The Guardian and The Washington Post won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize on Monday for reporting on secret US surveillance programs revealed by former National Security Agency contractor…

25 die in Mexico bus crash

A bus burst into flames after crashing into the back of a parked trailer-truck in southeastern Mexico, killing at least 25 people and injuring four others, the Veracruz state governor said…

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UN chief calls for dialogue, calm over Ukraine

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on all sides in the Ukraine crisis to “exercise maximum restraint” and engage in dialogue to de-escalate the…

Right to vote under threat in the US: Obama

The US president, Barack Obama, said the Republican Party is threatening voting rights in America more than at any point since the passage of a historic 1965 law expanding rights at the ballot box to millions of black Americans and other minorities…

Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles just after the crash, and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky Thursday April 10, 2014 until firefighters had quenched the fire, leaving behind scorched black hulks of metal. The FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median in Northern California and slammed into the bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash, authorities said. – AP photo

Nine dead in road accident in California

A bus carrying students to tour a university in northern California crashed into a FedEx delivery truck, killing nine people Thursday, the university…

A cameraman walks in front of a home that was damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua, late Thursday, April 10, 2014. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said some people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls. – AP photo

Nicaragua earthquake leaves one dead

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Nicaragua killed one person, left 33 injured and damaged more than 800 homes, the government…

Ukraine offer amnesty to pro-Russian rebels

Ukraine will not prosecute pro-Russian separatists who seized government buildings if they surrender their weapons and disperse, the country’s president said on Thursday, in a bid to ease a crisis that stoked fears of the country’s break-up.

Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project…

New voter restrictions are a step back: Hillary

Former president Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticise efforts in several states to restrict voting, notably photo identification requirements, saying they threaten to roll back half a century of progress…

Bush’s paintings are copied off: art critics

Not only has George Bush stunned the art world with his ability with a paint brush, it now appears the former US president is also a dab hand using internet search engines, The Guardian reported…

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