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Obama: Africa's 'Big Men' should quit when time is up

Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent’s “Big Men,” telling them they should quit when their time was up — especially since most have the cash to retire comfortably. In joining African reformists who demand term ...

Vaccine for MERS shows promise in animal tests

Jul 29, 2015

Vaccine for MERS shows promise in animal tests

Researchers in the United States trying to develop a vaccine against the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus say they have had early signs of success in animal experiments. Using a two-step approach in mice and rhesus macaques, scientists at the vaccine research ...

Jul 29, 2015

Students find 560,000-year-old tooth in French cave

Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists as the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country and being rare from that period in Europe. The ...

Jul 29, 2015

Sweden says wreck is Russian sub from WWI

Sweden said on Tuesday the wreck of a submarine found off its coast appeared to be a Tsarist-era Russian vessel that collided with a Swedish ship about a century ago. “We are most likely talking about the Russian submarine the Som (Catfish), which sank ...

Jul 29, 2015

Oklahoma quakes lead to shutdown of two injection wells

Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma on Tuesday and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centered in the town of Crescent rattled the state Stephens Production and Devon Energy each voluntarily closed one well, and ...

Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

Jul 29, 2015

Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State group. The Shiite boys and young men, some as young as 15, ran through its normally placid streets carrying out mock ...