Beware! E-cigarettes may lead to cancer

New York, December 29 (IANS): Marketed as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes could actually damage cells in ways that could lead to cancer, suggests new research.   In laboratory tests, the researchers found that even nicotine-free versions of e-cigarettes could make human cells cancerous.   “Based on the evidence to date, […]

Contagious form of cancer discovered

Sydney, December 29 (IANS): In an indication that transmissible cancer may not be as rare as generally believed, researchers have identified a second, genetically distinct variety in Tasmania devils, iconic small dog-sized carnivores that are only found in the wild on the Australian island state of Tasmania.   Scientists had earlier discovered one form of […]

Islamic State sets up Department of “War Spoils”

Islamic State sets up Department of “War Spoils”

WASHINGTON, December 28 (Reuters): Islamic State has set up departments to handle “war spoils,” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.   The hierarchical bureaucracy, including petty rivalries between officials, and legal […]

South Korea and Japan reach landmark agreement to irreversibly end ‘comfort women’ row

SEOUL, December 28 (Reuters): South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement on Monday to resolve the issue of “comfort women”, as those who were forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels were euphemistically known, which has long plagued ties between the neighbours.   The foreign ministers of the two countries said after a meeting […]

Storms and tornadoes kill at least 43 in US

Storms and tornadoes kill at least 43 in US

DALLAS, December 28 (Reuters): Storms hit the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest over the Christmas holiday weekend, unleashing floods and tornadoes that killed at least 43 people, flattened buildings and snarled transportation for millions during a busy travel time.   The bad weather, or the threat of it, prompted the governors of Missouri and New […]

Korean ‘superdads’ break with tradition to take paternity leave

Korean ‘superdads’ break with tradition to take paternity leave

SEOUL, December 27 (Reuters): It’s a weekday morning and Chung Sang-hoon, 34, is at home with his two small children, classical music playing in the background.   Fathers like Chung, who has taken a year of paternity leave from his job in sales with a big foreign company, were once so rare in male-dominated South […]

Japan and S Korea diplomats meet ahead of ministerial talks

SEOUL, December 27 (Reuters): Senior diplomats of South Korea and Japan met on Sunday ahead of talks by their foreign ministers over the issue of ‘comfort women’, a legacy of Japan’s wartime past that has long plagued ties between the 2 countries. The row over the Korean women forced into prostitution for Japan’s military brothels […]

Chicago cop shoots, and kills 2, one by mistake

CHICAGO, December 27 (Reuters): In a city troubled by allegations of police misuse of force, a Chicago officer early on Saturday shot and killed a male college student and a mother of five, both black, and the police department later said the woman’s death was both accidental and tragic.   Hours later police shot another […]

News in Brief

Bangladesh police raid militant hideout DHAKA, December 27 (Reuters): Police said on Sunday they had detained three suspected members of a banned militant group and found a sniper rifle, ammunition, explosives and military suits in a hideout in southeastern Bangladesh.   The raid came days after police busted a militant hideout in the capital Dhaka […]

Islamic State conflict voted top news story of 2015

Islamic State conflict voted top news story of 2015

NEW YORK, December 27 (AP): The far-flung attacks claimed by Islamic State militants and the intensifying global effort to crush them added up to a grim, gripping yearlong saga that was voted the top news story of 2015, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.   The No. 2 […]