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Sunlight can help children avoid myopia: Aussie researchers - 01/07/2009

SYDNEY (AFP) - Spending a couple of hours outdoors each day could help children avoid becoming short-sighted, Australian researchers said Tuesday. Exposure to bright light for two to three hours...

Laura Bush to publish memoirs - 01/07/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Laura Bush, first lady for another two weeks, has signed with Scribner to publish her memoirs about her eight years in the White House in 2010, the company said on Monday....

Myanmar sees 25 pct fall in tourists in 2008: airport figures - 01/07/2009

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar received nearly 25 percent fewer tourists through its main airport in 2008, official figures showed Tuesday, in a year when a deadly cyclone laid waste to vast swathes of the...

Pink iguanas discovered on Galapagos Islands - 01/06/2009

QUITO (AFP) - A team of Ecuadoran and Italian researchers have discovered a unique species of pink land iguanas living on the Galapagos Islands, the scientist who wrote the report told AFP. "It is...

Israeli troops fight in Gaza City as truce calls shunned - 01/06/2009

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israel ignored growing international demands for a ceasefire and took its war against Hamas into Gaza's main city on Monday as dozens more bodies were taken to the enclave's...

The 'not so old' suffer from Alzheimer's too: study - 01/06/2009

OTTAWA (AFP) - Alzheimer's disease affects not only the elderly, said a study Monday that found 14 percent of the estimated 500,000 Canadians suffering from dementia are under the age of 65. The...

Put kangaroos, camels on Australian eco-menu: scientists - 01/05/2009

SYDNEY (AFP) - Saving the planet by eating kangaroos and wild camels may seem like pie in the sky, but the offbeat menu comes with a scientific stamp of approval in Australia. The aim in both...

Worldwide alarm at Israeli ground offensive - 01/05/2009

PARIS (AFP) - Israel's tank and troop assault on the Gaza Strip provoked cries of alarm worldwide Sunday, but Israel won heavyweight US backing and moves for an immediate ceasefire foundered at the...

Gene link to rare cause of baldness - 01/05/2009

PARIS (AFP) - Scientists say they have pinned down a DNA mechanism that gives rise to a rare but distressing form of...

Macworld cult gathering without iconic Apple leader - 01/05/2009

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Apple faithful are making pilgrimages to San Francisco for the start of Macworld, an annual cult-like gathering that this year is expected to lack revelations and iconic...
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