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Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday. The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine, blocked infection of human white blood cells in lab dishes and ...

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

Feb 27, 2015

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they’re done. Not surprisingly, “Sex Box” has attracted some negative attention. The Parents ...

Feb 27, 2015

Llamas go on the lam in U.S.; Twitter explodes

A pair of sprightly llamas jigged their way to immediate social media stardom Thursday after they led dozens of U.S. police a merry dance on the bemused streets of Phoenix, Arizona. The duo, one white and the other black, had the eyes of the ...

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

Feb 27, 2015

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

The number of people killed in a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in northeastern Afghanistan rose on Thursday to 165 as lack of equipment and the sheer depth of snow that buried entire homes and families hampered rescue efforts. “We’re facing a real ...

Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Feb 27, 2015

Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Spanish five-star hotels are serving up white rice for breakfast as Spain offers quicker visas and seeks more direct flights from China to tap into the surging wave of Chinese tourists. When Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited China in September, he announced that ...

British street artist Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations

Feb 27, 2015

British street artist Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations

The eminent but anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has posted a minidocumentary on his website, banksy.co.uk, showing squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip six months after the end of the war between the enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel. Israel was criticized ...

Atheist U.S. blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Feb 27, 2015

Atheist U.S. blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Unidentified assailants with machetes hacked to death a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin and left his wife injured in Dhaka on Thursday, police said. The atheist writer’s family is claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists. Avijit Roy was the founder of ...

Feb 27, 2015

Brazil teen killed by police recorded shooting on phone

A 15-year-old Brazilian shot dead by police last week was carrying a mobile phone that caught the incident on camera, according to video published Thursday by a news site. Alan de Souza Lima was killed Friday in a favela near Rio by police gunfire ...