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For the first time, scientists have created an organism controlled by man-made DNA.

On Thursday, Craig Venter (photo, from aljazeera.net), an American biologist, announced during a press conference that he had synthesised an artificial strain of DNA and used it in order to take control of a cell. (more…)

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A renegade Thai general was shot in Bangkok on Thursday as the military planned to encircle the barricaded encampment of antigovernment demonstrators.

Khattiya Sawasdipol, 58, better known as Seh Daeng (Commander Red), was allied with the protesters. He was struck in the head by a bullet during an interview with an New York Times reporter, who took this photograph minutes before he was shot. (more…)

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A Muslim woman has been fined in Italy for wearing a face-covering veil in public, officials in the northern city of Novara said.

The $650 fine, thought to be the first in Italy, comes under a rule that bans people from wearing clothes that obscure their identity. (photo from abc.net.au) (more…)

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The National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, has been disbanded at midnight on Thursday after it refused to register with election authorities. (photo, from bbc.co.uk) (more…)

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The speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, has said that he would rather accept Palestinians as citizens of one country than divide Israel and the West Bank into two separate states. (more…)

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Mental health can be boost by just five minutes of exercise in a “green space” like a park, researchers claim.

There is growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being. (more…)

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In return of an international rescue package to get Greece out of its debt crisis, the country has revealed austerity measures that will have to be taken.

On Sunday, prime minister George Papandreou said in a cabinet meeting that Greeks would be called upon to make “great sacrifices” in return for aid. (photo from aljazeera.net) (more…)

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