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Chinese billionaires criticised for giving Harvard $15m

A Chinese billionaire couple have faced a deluge of criticism for donating $15 million to one of the richest and most prestigious universities in the US, with Internet users saying it would be better spent on students in China.

Chinese billionaires criticised for giving Harvard $15m
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Paracetamol no better than placebo in low-back pain: study

Paracetamol, the first-choice lower-back pain killer, worked no better than dummy drugs administered in a trial of more than 1,600 people suffering from the condition, researchers said

Paracetamol no better than placebo in low-back pain: study
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Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours

America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail.

Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours
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Three women arrested for helping Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab

Three women were arrested, in the United States and Netherlands, for allegedly giving financial help to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, authorities said.

Three women arrested for helping Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab
Funeral demands justice for NY man choked by police
Funeral demands justice for NY man choked by police

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton led hundreds of mourners in demands for justice at the funeral for a black father of six who died after being choked by New York police.

Funeral demands justice for NY man choked by police
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Beetles devour George Harrison tribute tree

A tree planted in a Los Angeles park in memory of the late George Harrison of the Beatles has been killed by beetles, a city councillor has said.

Beetles devour George Harrison tribute tree
New NATO commander for Europe takes over
New NATO commander for Europe takes over

US Admiral Mark Ferguson took up his new post as commander of NATO forces in Europe, taking over from another American, Admiral Bruce Clingan.

New NATO commander for Europe takes over
Chrysler to recall 792,300 SUVs for ignition problem
Chrysler to recall 792,300 SUVs for ignition problem

Chrysler said it would recall up to 792,300 sport utility vehicles to fix an ignition-switch problem, the same part involved in the massive General Motors recall.

Chrysler to recall 792,300 SUVs for ignition problem
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Geneticists find 100+ DNA pointers for schizophrenia

A massive gene trawl has linked over 100 DNA coding mutations to schizophrenia, yielding critical clues about what causes the illness and possibly how to treat it, scientists said

Geneticists find 100+ DNA pointers for schizophrenia
Here's sellin' to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale
Here's sellin' to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale

The iconic piano from Hollywood romance "Casablanca" goes on sale at auction in New York in November, the highlight of more than two dozen collectors' items from the fabled war-time classic.

Here's sellin' to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale
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Deal reached over US gynecologist who secretly taped patients

The health care affiliate of a top US medical school is to pay $190 million to patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped them, lawyers said.

Deal reached over US gynecologist who secretly taped patients
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Accused Android app pirates face criminal charges

US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices.

Accused Android app pirates face criminal charges
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Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 military reservists to the state's border with Mexico, to tackle a surge in immigrant children flooding into the United States.

Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border
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US court makes first conviction in Boston attacks

A US jury on Monday returned the first conviction over the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks, finding a friend of the prime suspect guilty of obstructing the investigation into the bombings.

US court makes first conviction in Boston attacks
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N. American box office goes bananas for 'Apes'

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" clung tight to the top of the North American box office for a second week in a row, earning far more than chimp change, industry data showed.

N. American box office goes bananas for 'Apes'
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Russian steelmaker Severstal announces sale of US plants

Russia's steel giant Severstal announced on Monday the sale of its North American plants to US companies for a total of $2.3 billion (1.7 billion euros).

Russian steelmaker Severstal announces sale of US plants
Rebels move MH17 air crash bodies as US accuses Russia
Rebels move MH17 air crash bodies as US accuses Russia

Pro-Russian militiamen in Ukraine loaded almost 200 bodies from downed flight MH17 into refrigerated train wagons on Sunday as an outraged United States pointed the finger of blame directly at Moscow and demanded it ensure full access to the crash site for international investigators.

Rebels move MH17 air crash bodies as US accuses Russia
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'Maverick' star James Garner dies

James Garner, 86, star of the hit TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files," has died, Los Angeles police told AFP.

'Maverick' star James Garner dies
Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars
Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars

US President Barack Obama called for an "immediate ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476.

Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars
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US warns against 'pure caffeine' after teen dies

US regulators on Friday warned against ingesting pure powdered caffeine, which is being sold in bulk over the Internet and is known to have killed at least one teenager.

US warns against 'pure caffeine' after teen dies