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UN Seeks $6.5 Billion for Syria Crisis in 2014

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The United Nations appealed for a record $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors on Monday to help 16 million people, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a conflict that has lasted 33 months with no end in sight. The Syrian appeal accounted for half of an overall funding plan of $12.9 billion for 2014 to help 52 million people in 17 countries, announced by UN emergency relief coordinator ...

NSA Data Grab ‘Against Constitution’

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A US judge has ruled the National Security Agency’s mass collection of telephone data unconstitutional. Federal District Judge Richard Leon said the electronic spy agency’s practice was an “arbitrary invasion”. The agency’s collection of “metadata” including telephone numbers and times and dates of calls was exposed by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In his ruling in a Was...

Portugal Passes Bailout Inspection

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Portugal has moved a step closer to exiting its bailout program after the international lenders that saved the country from bankruptcy approved a review of the economy six months early. The European Union and International Monetary Fund have been monitoring the country’s economic reforms, a condition of the 2011 78bn-euro (£66bn) bailout. Portugal hopes to leave the bailout agreement in the...

Scientists Discover Super Greenhouse Gas

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Scientists say they have discovered a man-made greenhouse gas 7,100 times as strong as carbon dioxide. More bad news: It has a lifetime of hundreds of years. Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada say the chemical – perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) – is the most radiatively efficient chemical found to date, breaking all other chemical records for its potential to impact climate. Ac...

Scientists Grow Lung Cells from Stem Cells

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Scientists say they have been able to transform human stem cells into functioning lung and airway cells in what they’re calling a first. The results could eventually lead to growing lung material that could be transplanted with a much smaller chance of rejection. “Researchers have had relative success in turning human stem cells into heart cells, pancreatic beta cells, intestinal cells, ...

BSF Man Acquitted in Felani Killing Case

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India Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Amiya Ghosh has been exempted from the charge of killing a Bangladeshi teenage girl Felani Khatun. A special BSF court of India found Amiya Ghosh of 181 battalion “not guilty” of shooting dead 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl. The judgment is subject to approval from the competent authority of the BSF. Felani was shot dead by the BSF man while she w...

Bone Marrow Transplant Frees Two Men of HIV

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Two more HIV patients have no signs of the virus in their blood following bone marrow transplants, according to the Boston researchers who treated them. However, experts stopped short of calling the two cured and said the treatment is not a viable option for the majority of HIV patients. The findings were presented Wednesday at the International AIDS Society Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia....

Bolivia Threatens to Close US Embassy

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President Evo Morales has warned that he could close the US Embassy in Bolivia as South America’s leftist leaders rallied to support him after his presidential plane was rerouted amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Morales again on Thursday blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to refuse to allow his plane to fly through their airspace on Tuesday, forcing ...

Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Demonstration

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The Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests in response to the military movement that led to the fall of former President Mohamed Morsi. An Islamist coalition, led by the Brotherhood, urged people on Thursday to take part in a “Friday of Rejection” protest following weekly prayers. The call is being seen as a test of whether Morsi still has a support base in the country, and how ...

Bolivia Threatens to Close US Embassy

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President Evo Morales has warned that he could close the US Embassy in Bolivia as South America’s leftist leaders rallied to support him after his presidential plane was rerouted amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Morales again on Thursday blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to refuse to allow his plane to fly through their airspace on Tuesday, forcing ...