South Africans vote in first “Born Free” election

JOHANNESBURG, May 7 (Reuters): South Africans voted in the first “Born Free” election on Wednesday, although polls suggest the allure of the ruling African National Congress as the conqueror of apartheid will prevail even among those with no memory of white-minority rule. Polling stations opened at 0500 GMT, with voters waiting in line, many wrapped […]

Thai Court forces out Prime Minister

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gives a Thai traditional greeting gesture of “wai” during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 7. Yingluck was ordered by a court to step down Wednesday in a divisive ruling that handed a victory to anti-government protesters who have staged six months of street protests – but does […]

Monica Lewinsky breaks silence on Clinton scandal

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters): Monica Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern whose 1990s affair with Bill Clinton nearly brought down his presidency, broke a long silence on Tuesday, saying she regretted what happened. Writing in Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky, 40, said it was time to stop “tiptoeing around my past — and other people’s futures. […]

Sip coffee daily to prevent eye damage

New York, May 7 (IANS): Your daily cup of coffee is brewing some soothing news for your eyes. According to food scientists, a daily cup of coffee can prevent eyesight deterioration and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes. “Raw coffee is, on average, just 1% caffeine but it contains 7 […]

Clashes, mistrust overshadow Kachin peace process

Yangon, May 6 (AFP): Fresh clashes in Myanmar’s Kachin state and signs that the Army is hardening its negotiating stance with ethnic armed groups are casting a shadow over efforts to put an end to decades of civil war, observers say. Conflict in remote, mountainous Kachin near the border with China has displaced 100,000 people […]

Negative emotions may increase heart attack risk

New findings concur that emotions are connected to heart health London, May 6 (IANS): Stop worrying too much for an unfinished task as anger, anxiety, and depression not only affect the functioning of the heart but also increase the risk for heart disease. According to research, persisting stress increases the risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular […]

Pitched gun battles in east Ukraine

SLOVYANSK, May 5 (AP): Ukrainian troops fought pitched gunbattles Monday with a pro-Russia militia occupying an eastern city, and the government sent an elite national guard unit to re-establish control over the southern port city of Odessa. The twin moves reflected an apparent escalation of efforts to bring both regions back under Kiev’s control. Any […]

‘Childhood nightmares may lead to suicide’

Toronto, May 5 (IANS): Children who are bullied suffer in silence and the trauma may lead to anxiety, depression, psychotic episodes and even suicide, an alarming study has indicated. Researchers from Warwick University maintain that nightmares or night terrors are more common among 12-year-olds who had earlier reported being bullied when they were eight and […]

China admits ‘growing pains’ in Africa relations

BEIJING, MAY 4 (AP): Chinese Premier Li Keqiang set off for a four-country tour of Africa on Sunday, acknowledging “growing pains” in China-Africa relations amid labor conflicts and other problems stemming from Chinese investment. Li urged Chinese companies to strictly abide by local laws and regulations, hold themselves accountable for the quality of their projects […]

Ultra-Orthodox quietly joining Israeli military

BNEI BRAK, MAY 4 (AP): Moshe Prigan starts his day off just like many other men in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak with his morning prayer. It’s only later that the routine takes an unexpected twist, when he puts on his air force uniform and heads to the Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv. […]

Protestant leader blasts Sinn Fein over IRA arrest

BELFAST, MAY 4 (AP): The Protestant leader of Northern Ireland’s unity government launched a blistering attack Sunday on his Sinn Fein coalition colleagues, accusing them of attempting to intimidate the police into freeing Gerry Adams without charge. The 65-year-old Sinn Fein leader remained in police custody for a fifth day, under questioning over allegations that […]

Violence escalates in Ukraine, dozens killed

ODESSA, MAY 4 (REUTERS): Pro-Russian rebels in the east freed seven European military observers on Saturday after holding them hostage for eight days, while Kiev pressed on with its biggest military operation so far to reclaim rebel-held territory in the area. The riot in the Black Sea port of Odessa, ending in a deadly blaze […]