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US criticised by UN for human rights failings on NSA, guns and drones

Geneva panel share deep concerns over US record on host of different subjects, including racial inequality and Guantánamo<p>The US came under sharp criticism at the UN human rights committee in Geneva on Thursday for a long list of human rights abuses that included everything from detention without …

HIV Prevention Gel Shows Promise

Researchers are a step closer to developing a vaginal gel that could protect women against HIV, according to a study published in Science …

Public Health

Australian State Bans Right To Protest

The conservative government of Victoria has passed a controversial law along the lines of those seen in Egypt and Russia banning the right of people …

N.C. Senate hopeful faces payout

North Carolina Senate hopeful Greg Brannon, a Republican, will have to pay nearly $450,000 in the face of a civil lawsuit, a new report says.<p>According to the Charlotte Observer, a decision made this week stipulates that Brannon owes that money to two people who invested in a failed start-up to …

Senate confirms new CIA lawyer

The Senate voted abruptly Thursday to confirm a new general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency, after senators apparently withdrew holds they had placed on the nomination over concerns that the spy agency was not cooperating with an ongoing investigation into Bush-era interrogation …

Latin America

Possible Case of Female-to-Female HIV Transmission Reported

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A possible case of HIV caused by lesbian sexual contact was reported in this week's Center for …

Japan hit by 6.3-magnitude earthquake

Earthquake off southern Japanese damages buildings and injures at least 17 people but no fatalities reported<p>A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Japan early on Friday injuring 17 people as officials warned residents to be alert to the danger of landslides following the tremor.<p>There …