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DNA prostate test ‘will predict deadliest cancer risk’

By James Gallagher DNA testing can predict which men face the highest risk of deadly prostate cancer, scientists say. The team at the Institute of Cancer Research, in London, say men could soon be offered genetic screening in a similar way to breast cancer in …

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Twitter must move faster to counter fears of plateau

ISLAMABAD-UNS: Twitter, whose shares had soared more than 150 percent since their November debut on Wall Street, stunned investors this week with a one-two punch of bad news: near-flat user growth and a drop in engagement among its 241 million members. To assuage fears that …

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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin to receive honorary Oscars

LOS ANGELES: Oscars season kicked off on Thursday as actors Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi were the first to receive honorary Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said. The Governors Awards are an Oscar …

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Kim Dotcom stands down from Mega

WELLINGTON (AFP) – Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said Thursday he was resigning from his new venture Mega to focus on fighting extradition to the United States and his plans for a New Zealand political party. Dotcom launched mega.co.nz in January, a year after his wildly …

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Sreesanth denies spot-fixing in ongoing IPL

NEW DELHI (AP) – India test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth has denied spot-fixing after being arrested in a scandal in a domestic Twenty20 league, while he and two teammates from his Rajasthan-based team remain in police custody. “I’m innocent and have done no wrong,” Sreesanth said …

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Pakistan rejects alleged involvement in 1993 Mumbai blasts

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically rejected reports by Indian media regarding the judgment of the Indian Supreme implicating Pakistani government agencies in the deadly Mumbai blasts which killed 257 people in 1993. A spokesman for the Pakistan’s Foreign Office “categorically rejected any insinuations …

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Great balls of China to defend against ‘apocalypse’

QIANTUN: As people across the globe tremble in anticipation of next week s supposed Mayan-predicted apocalypse, one Chinese villager says he may have just what humanity needs: tsunami-proof survival pods. Camouflage-clad former farmer and furniture maker Liu Qiyuan, 45, inspected his latest creation, a sphere …

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Jolie listens to plight of Syria refugee

ANKARA: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said Thursday that Syrian refugees were deeply worried about the plight of their families back home as she visited a Turkish camp on the border with the war-torn nation. “They are very very emotional and very deeply saddened by the …

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Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet

LOS ANGELES: Microsoft on Monday unveiled its first tablet computer, the Surface, as the technology titan steps in with its own hardware to take on Apple’s market-ruling iPads. Chief executive Steve Ballmer described the iPad challenger — complete with ultra thin covers-cum-keyboards in a range …

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Strong women take center stage in Tribeca foreign films

NEW YORK: As women increasingly press for greater equality in countries around the world, filmmakers are breaking barriers too, making their female protagonists as strong and varied as the characters they meet in everyday life. New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, which draws to a close …

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