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Suicide bomber kills four women at tribal elder's house in Pakistan

A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the house of a pro-government tribal elder in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing four women, police say.<p>The attacker ran into the home of Jan Mohammad Afridi in the city's Chamkani area, chased by police.<p>Police surrounded the house and …

The one thing you should be doing more to relax: Unclench

<i>Welcome to Health Advisor, where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.</i><p>I love the word "unclench." I just like to say it. Unclench is one of those words that evokes many different ideas and visuals for people, …

Swiss immigration quota vote sends shockwaves across EU

Switzerland’s decision to back the reintroduction of immigration quotas has sparked concern relations could unravel with Europe.<p>The narrow vote has also caused some unrest within the country, with some fearing Switzerland’s special status within Europe could be undermined.<p>“It’s about the economy. …

Zoo threatened for killing giraffe

Denmark zoo says it had to kill the giraffe to avoid inbreeding.<p>BERLIN — A Danish zoo said Monday it is getting hate mail from around the world for having killed a young giraffe to prevent inbreeding, and then feeding it to the zoo's lions.<p>"I've got about 1,500 text messages and e-mails, most of …

Mom: AOL chief regrets 'distressed babies' slam

Mother says she went public because she had to defend her daughter.<p>A mother at the center of a human resources gaffe by AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong that went viral said the CEO apologized to her in a "heartfelt" phone call over the weekend.<p>But novelist Deanna Fei said Armstrong's mention of …

Pope Benedict Emeritus Has No Regrets Year After Resignation, Believes History Will Vindicate Papacy

VATICAN CITY, Feb 9 (Reuters) - A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticized papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview.<p>Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now works for the former …

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seeks 2015 trial

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to last three months, plus another six weeks if he is convicted and jurors have to decide whether he should be put to death, prosecutors said Monday.<p>The trial estimate was included in a joint status report filed in court …

Iranians rally to mark 35 years of revolution

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the streets of the Iranian capital and cities around the country to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.<p>In Tehran, huge crowds thronged central Azadi square on Tuesday for a speech by President Hassan Rouhani, his first major address to …

Hundreds of Eritreans enslaved in torture camps in Sudan and Egypt

Hundreds of Eritrean refugees have been enslaved in torture camps in Sudan and Egypt in the past 10 years, enduring weeks or months of violence and rape and extorted by traffickers often in collusion with state security forces.<p>Some of the refugees have died, and many have been scarred for life – …

Nepal Finally Elects New Prime Minister

More than two months after general elections, Nepal finally has a new prime minister.<p>Sushil Koirala is head of the centrist Nepali Congress party, …

Mississippi Ending Conjugal Visits for Prisoners

There’s a story Richard Bennett likes to tell about the first time he learned of his state’s conjugal visit program.<p>Several years ago, a local …

Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal for Arizona's 20-Week Abortion Ban

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Supreme Court declined to review the appeals court decision that struck down Arizona's …

Guards May be Responsible For Half of Prison Sexual Assaults

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A new Justice Department study shows that allegations of sex abuse in the nation's prisons and jails …

Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape

Atrocious instances of gang rape over the past year or so have shaken India, but the one this week in West Bengal has a particularly sinister twist.<p>An all-male village tribunal, said to be upset that a 20-year old tribal woman had fallen in love with a man outside the community, is alleged to have …

Scientists Sniff Out Nearly 6,000 Gas Leaks In Washington, D.C.

A dozen of the leaks were found to be potentially explosive.<p>This is not exactly comforting for residents of Washington, D.C.: a new study found 5,893 natural gas leaks under the city's streets. In a dozen cases, methane concentrations were found to be as high as 500,000 parts per million, which is …

Jury is out on health effects of e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again.<p>There are health experts who back each point of view. But they do agree that the empirical evidence …

Mystery Gas Cloud On Course To Enter Supermassive Black Hole At Milky Way's Heart

The result could be a boom or a sizzle.<p>Astronomers expect a mysterious gas cloud to cross paths with the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy in the next few months. Then, one of two things could happen. The cloud could plunge on in, throwing off intense X-rays as it goes. Or, if the …

Tiktaalik fossils reveal how fish evolved into four-legged land animals

The fossilised remains of an ancient beast have revealed how prehistoric life hauled itself from the water and took its first unsteady steps along the path that led to four-legged land animals.<p>Clues to the seminal moment in the history of life were found in the bones of Tiktaalik, a 375m-year-old …

With India On Board, Southeast Asia Could Soon Be Declared Polio-Free

India celebrates three years since its last recorded polio case today, marking an anniversary that could mean the disease is no longer endemic to Southeast Asia.<p>Three years ago today, India reported its last case of polio. Five years ago, the country was home to nearly half of the world's cases of …

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