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Human trials set after mice cured of diabetes

Observer - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:00
FOLLOWING the complete reversal of diabetes in mice using the blood pressure drug verapamil, come 2015, the University of Alabama at Birmingham will begin clinical trials in humans to determine if the same result is possible.

Yearning for freedom brought down Berlin Wall, says Merkel

Observer - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:00
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday an irrepressible yearning for freedom brought the Berlin Wall tumbling down 25 years ago and called it a "miracle" that the Cold War barrier was breached without a shot being fired.

PHOTO: STEM launch

Observer - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:00
Students at Nazareth Primary School in Manchester perform a folk song during the launch of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mining (STEM) programme there two Thursdays ago. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

Hard-line US cardinal loses another Vatican job

Observer - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:00
VATICAN CITY (AP) — American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who championed campaigns to deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support legalised abortion, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post yesterday.

MH17 victims' remains flown to Netherlands

Observer - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:00
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Recently discovered remains of some of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were flown back to the Netherlands yesterday, nearly four months after the passenger jet plunged out of the sky over eastern Ukraine.