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WHO, World Bank warn against health spending cuts - 02/05/2009

GENEVA (AFP) - The World Bank and World Health Organization on Thursday warned donors and developing countries that cuts in health spending in the financial crisis could cost lives and roll back...

California court to hear gay marriage case March 5 - 02/04/2009

SAN FRANCISCO - Max WhittakerCalifornia's Supreme Court has confirmed that it will hear oral arguments next month in lawsuits seeking to annul last year's referendum that banned same-sex marriage....

Iran sends first home-built satellite into orbit - 02/03/2009

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran said on Tuesday it had launched its first domestically manufactured satellite, prompting expressions of concern from world powers and the threat of possible "consequences" from...

Distant planet is an orbiting hell - 02/01/2009

Astronomers have observed a planet some 200 light years from Earth that, for a few hours, becomes 700 degrees Celsius (1,300 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter every time its elliptical orbit brings it close...

China shuts 1,500 websites in porn crackdown - 02/01/2009

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities have shut down 1,507 pornographic websites in an online clean-up that has included ordering Internet giants like Google to sever links to vulgar sites, state media...

Seafood safety: scientists replicate deadly toxin - 02/01/2009

PARIS (AFP) - Scientists have for the first time replicated an elusive seafood toxin found in shellfish and certain algae that can cause illness and even death, according to a study released on...

Alaska on alert as volcano expected to erupt - 02/01/2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AFP) - Alaska was on alert as scientists warned that a volcano rumbling near the state's largest city Anchorage was likely to erupt. Redoubt Volcano, which looms some 3,108...

Millions to get malaria help by 2010 - 02/01/2009

DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) - Hundreds of millions of mosquito nets and anti-malaria kits are to be distributed by 2010, officials behind a campaign to halt about one million malaria deaths a year said...

Free online computer games win US fans in dismal economy - 02/01/2009

US videogame lovers seeking fun during tough economic times are turning increasingly to free-to-play online games supported by advertising. The number of visitors to online computer game websites...

Iraqis vote in key test of nation's progress - 02/01/2009

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Millions of Iraqis voted in provincial elections on Saturday in a largely violence-free test for a nation struggling to emerge from years of sectarian strife and to boost its...
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