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Polio-like disease seen in California children

Doctors investigating handful of cases of paralysis in one or more limbs Doctor giving an eight-week old baby the polio vaccine. The children in California had been vaccinated against polio but the disease seems to have similar effects. Photograph: Alamy A polio-like illness has afflicted a small number of children in…

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Jason Collins becomes NBA’s first openly gay active player

Related Articles Gay athlete is sponsors’ dream 02 May 2013 Why is it harder for a male athlete to come out? 01 May 2013 NBA star is first openly gay man in major US sport 29 Apr 2013 Collins’ signing comes shortly after Michael Sam, a star college football player, revealed he is gay, meaning that professional US football may ...

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Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say. Maria von Trapp died at her home in Vermont on Tuesday, her brother, Johannes von Trapp, told the Associated Press. He said she was a “lovely…

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Ukraine: Opposition Leader Tymoshenko Freed

Jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, after Ukraine’s parliament declared President Viktor Yanukovych unable to carry out his duties. The resolution was passed by deputies in the assembly who applauded and sang the national anthem. Early elections have been set for May 25. Speaker Oleksander Turchynov said Mr Yanukovych – who earlier refused to quit – had “abandoned ...

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Prime Minister: Algeria’s Bouteflika to Seek Fourth Term in April

Reuters ALGIERS — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, will run for re-election on April 17, his premier said on Saturday, a vote likely to hand him a fourth term in power. Bouteflika, who opponents say is too frail to govern, is expected to announce his candidacy formally later on Saturday, with ...

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Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals. Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world. Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic ...

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Maduro issues Obama challenge amid mounting protests

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on Barack Obama to “accept the challenge” and hold direct talks, as the death toll from escalating anti-government protests jumped to eight Friday. The announcement was particularly surprising because relations with the US, long strained under late president Hugo Chavez, have worsened under Maduro, who has hewed closely to his predecessor’s socialist policies and has ...

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China Is Furious Over Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama

See Also WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on Friday, prompting the Chinese government to ask why the White House ignored Beijing’s warnings that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties. China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui, summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in China, on ...

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Arizona ‘anti-gay’ bill sparks protests in two cities

Protests have been held in Arizona against the state’s passage of a bill allowing business owners to refuse service to gays on religious grounds. Hundreds rallied for demonstrations in the cities of Phoenix and Tucson, a day after the bill was approved. Republican Governor Jan Brewer has not yet said if she will sign the bill into law. A…

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Renzi government to be sworn in today

The new Italian government of centre-left (PD) leader Matteo Renzi is almost up and running, just one week after the collapse of Enrico Letta’s coalition. Mr Renzi (39) and his government will be sworn in this morning in the Presidential Palace while the new executive will face its first all-vital vote of confidence in the senate on Monday. “Demolition Man” ...

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