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US concerned Iranian ships may carry arms to Yemen: Pentagon chief

The United States is concerned a group of Iranian cargo ships may be carrying advanced weapons to Yemen, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday, as he called on Iran to avoid “fanning the flames” of the conflict with arms deliveries. Asked whether he thought weapons were on board the Iranian ships, Carter said: “We’re certainly concerned about that.” “And ...

New smartphone app can diagnose cervical cancer and lymphoma

US researchers have developed a smartphone app that can be used to diagnose cervical cancer and cases of lymphoma. The new app, developed at Harvard Medical School, harnesses several technological advances, including what is essentially a kind of miniature microscope. The head of the cancer program for systems biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and one of the lead researches on ...

Blackwater security guard was sentenced to life in prison for the massacre of Iraqi civilians in 2007

A former Blackwater security guard was sentenced to life in prison and three others got 30-year terms on Monday in the massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, closing a case that had outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-U.S. sentiment around the world. The Sept. 16 incident stood out for its brazenness and formed a ...

Hillary Clinton for president: low-key high-tech announcement a sign of dominance

Hillary Clinton needed no hoopla to announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the next US presidential election. In lieu of a stage and a sea of supporters, of a rock anthem and a shower of streamers and balloons, there was just a mid-afternoon tweet and an online video. “I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and ...

Accused Boston Marathon bomber: Wanted to punish America

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “wanted to punish America” when he killed three people and injured 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the 2013 race, a federal prosecutor said on Monday. In closing arguments before a jury decides whether Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty of the April 25 bombing and of fatally shooting a police officer three days ...

Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the UN Ebola mission said. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the UN had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting “arrogantly”. A year after the outbreak was officially declared, the virus has killed more than 10,000 people. The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres ...

24 have been killed by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Twenty-four people have been killed by Cyclone Pam which tore through Vanuatu, the UN says, as the Pacific nation’s president pleads for help to rebuild the archipelago’s “completely destroyed” infrastructure. Aid workers said they expected the death toll to rise as more information filtered in from the nation’s 65 inhabited islands, where communication services are still not working following the cyclone ...

Taliban bombers kill 15 at two Lahore churches

In another gruesome attack on minorities in Pakistan, terrorists on Sunday targeted the Christian community in Lahore, killing at least 15 people in suicide hits on two different churches within a radius of 500 metres in Youhannabad. The incident, which also left 78 people injured, sparked violent protests, resulting in lynching of two suspected militants and damage to infrastructure. For ...

Australia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced aircraft tracking

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, which vanished last year during a ...

Greek leftist Tsipras sworn in as PM

Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in Monday as the prime minister of a new hard-line, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. The decisive victory by Tsipras’ Syriza in Sunday’s snap election reignites fears of new financial troubles in the country that set off the regional crisis in ...

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