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Logistical nightmare hits Snowden’s asylum hopes

MOSCOW: Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was staring at the logistical nightmare of escaping Russia for a safe haven in Latin America yesterday after three leftist leaders offered him…

Two former popes to be made saints – Vatican issues first text co-written by Francis, Benedict

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis gave the go-ahead yesterday for John Paul II to be made saint and granted a rare exception for canonisation at the same time for John XXIII,…

Scientists create functional human liver from stem cells – Proof-of-concept suggests organs could be grown in labs

LONDON: Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed…

Three million Europeans catch infections in hospital annually – Intensive care units ‘worst incubators of infections’

LONDON: On any given day, some 80,000 patients in Europe are fighting an infection they picked up in hospital, often while in intensive care, the EU's disease monitoring agency said…

Nations reject Snowden’s asylum requests – Snowden threatens to leak more info

MOSCOW: Several countries yesterday spurned asylum requests from Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor wanted for leaking secrets, despite an appeal from Venezuela for the world to protect…

Croatia joins EU – EU troubled by economic problems,divisions

ZAGREB: To fireworks, cannon-fire and Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Croatia joined the European Union at midnight on Sunday, two decades since fighting itself free of Yugoslavia. Thousands packed Zagreb's Ban…

In crisis-hit Athens, plans for a mosque reveal deep divisions

ATHENS: Pakistani taxi driver Muhammad Zafeer says he has to look over his shoulder when he goes to pray in Athens, where racist attackers have targeted several of the many…

EU wants answers over US bugging – Germany targeted more than any other EU country

RUSSELS: The European Union, Paris and Berlin angrily demanded answers from the United States on Sunday over allegations Washington had bugged EU offices, the latest spying claim attributed to fugitive…

Financial crisis cripples Spain’s top medical research

VALENCIA, Spain: In blue gloves and goggles, Maria Jesus Vicent's team of young researchers busily mix chemicals in their laboratory, where they work at improving medications for cancer and Alzheimer's…

US put us in ‘tough spot’ over Snowden: Russia

MOSCOW: Russia yesterday accused Washington of putting it in a "tough spot" by claiming it had failed to disclose revoking the passport of fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden prior…

Berlusconi sentenced to prison in sex trial – Protesters cheer verdict outside courtroom

ROME: An Italian court yesterday sentenced Silvio Berlusconi to seven years in jail and banned the former premier from public office after convicting him of paying for sex with an…

Snowden arrives in Russia – US wants cooperation of countries where Snowden may go

MOSCOW: Former US spy Edward Snowden yesterday arrived in Russia from Hong Kong, reportedly on his way to Venezuela, escaping the clutches of US justice after leaking sensational details of…