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US must heal native peoples’ wounds, return lands, says UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United States must do more to heal the wounds of indigenous peoples caused by more than a century of oppression, including restoring control over lands Native Americans consider to be sacred, a UN human rights investigator said. 

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US embassy car picked up activist after chase

BEIJING: A dramatic account has emerged of how the US embassy in Beijing sent a car to pick up Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who was bundled into the vehicle in an alleyway as Chinese agents gave chase.

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Japan set to close down last nuclear reactor

TOKYO: Japan's last running nuclear reactor is scheduled to shut down on Saturday, resulting in the complete shutdown of 50-strong reactors in the country, leaving it without nuclear power for the first time since 1966.

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Indus civilisation site in India under threat of vanishing

WASHINGTON: Rakhigari, one of the largest and oldest Indus Valley sites in the world located in Haryana along with Taxila in Pakistan are under threat of vanishing in a tide of rapid economic growth, the World Heritage Fund has warned.

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Garlic 100 times potent antibiotic

WASHINGTON: Xiaonan Lu, postdoctoral researcher at the Washington State University,  have isolated a compound in garlic that is a 100 times more potent than popular antibiotics in combating Campylobacter bacteria, one of the commonest causes of intestinal illness.

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Regular jogging may increase longevity

COPENHAGEN: Regular jogging can add up more than six years to male life expectancy and 5.6 years to women's longevity, reveals the latest data from the Copenhagen City Heart Study (CCHS).

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Suu Kyi climbdown hints at pragmatism in Myanmar

BANGKOK: For over two decades the pro-democracy leader, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi defied Myanmar's army rulers with steely resolve, but analysts say she has now embraced compromise, even if that means putting principles aside.

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World’s oldest blood found in 5,300-year-old body

ROME: Scientists have discovered the world's oldest blood cells in the remains of a 5,300-year-old iceman found in Italy. The scientists found traces of blood around an arrow wound that killed the man in the mountains of what is now the Alto-Adige region of northern Italy.

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Attack on Syrian university protest kills four

DAMASCUS: The UN admitted a shaky three-week-old truce in Syria is not holding but said the number of observers would be doubled within days, as violence erupted on Thursday near Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo.

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