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Mercury poisoning risk from diets

WASHINGTON: Mercury in diets could whittle down the power of antioxidants and cause serious threats to health by accumulating in the body, aver scientists.

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US must rely more on building instead of buying, says Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said Saturday the United States has relied too much on buying, consuming and amassing debt in the past decade and must now work harder to restore its manufacturing might to spur exports and create jobs.

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South China Sea discussion constructive

BALI INDONESIAL: US President Barack Obama was encouraged by the constructive tone of a discussion about the South China Sea issue at an East Asia leaders’ meeting in Bali, Indonesia, a senior US official said Saturday. 

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Africa should not be exploited for dubious ends: Pope

COTONOU: Pope Benedict said Saturday the developed world could not continue to look down on Africa “With the judgmental tone of a moralizer” and impose rules, but must come up with real partnership solutions to solve the continent’s many problems.” 

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Gandhi’s former Johannesburg abode now unique hotel/museum

JOHANNESBURG: A house in the leafy suburb of Orchards in Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi once resided, is now a unique hotel that doubles up as a museum on the life of the leader who left a legacy in both South Africa and India.

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Renowned Japanese temple refuses yakuza visits

TOKYO: Enryakuji Temple, one of Japan’s most prestigious temples near the ancient capital Kyoto, has refused to allow members of Japan’s biggest organised crime syndicate to pay their respects there, an official said Saturday. 

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US, Australia sign new defence pact

MELBOURNE:  The US and Australia on Wednesday updated their security pact by signing an agreement to expand American military presence in the country, with the visiting President, Mr Barack Obama asserting that it was a commitment to entire Asia Pacific region.

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