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  • WASHINGTON D.C., May 8, 2009-The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Wednesday launched a campaign to oppose embryonic stem cell research and support ethical cures, encouraging citizens to contact Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    After President Barack Obama's March 9 executive order permitted federal funding for further embryonic stem cell research, the NIH proposed guidelines to fund research that will require stem cells harvested from the destruction of living human embryos.

  • Put to rest doubts that Manny Pacquiao won against Oscar de la Hoya because the latter was too old. This time Pacquiao sent a young and strong Ricky Hatton into the canvass twice before knocking him out less than 10 seconds remaining in the second round of their battle for the IBO and Ring Magazine's Junior Welterweight title in Las Vegas.

    The Pacquiao-Hatton fight was dubbed as the battle between East and West, Hatton being UK's boxing hero and Filipino Manny Pacquiao, the current pound-for-pound king, having a whole nation in his corner. Filipinos all over the world rejoice over Pacquiao's latest victory. The predominantly Briton crowd was stunned at the ease with which their champion get demolished.

  • MOSCOW, May 1 (PNA/RIA Novosti) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially confirmed 331 cases of influenza A/H1N1, the technical name for the virus commonly known as swine flu, in 11 countries.

    The United States has reported over 120 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Mexico has reported 312 human cases of infection, including 12 deaths. The difference in some reported figures and those of the WHO may be down to the fact that not all countries have had all their cases confirmed by the global body.

  • UNITED NATIONS, May 1 (PNA/Itar-Tass) -- The Russian delegation will preside over the United Nations Security Council in May. Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin will replace the Mexican ambassador to the U.N. Claude Eller on Friday in the post of chairman.

    The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold an open discussion on the situation in the Middle East early in May. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will preside over that conference. He will stay on an official visit in the United States since May 6.

  • NEW YORK, May 1 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Wall Street ended mixed Thursday after the third largest U.S. automaker Chrysler announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    Wall Street opened higher in the morning as investors welcomed a surprise decline in new jobless claims and earnings beating estimates.

    The U.S. Labor Department said initial claims fell 14,000 to 631,000 last week. Economists had predicted a rise. But continuing claims jumped to a new record.

  • BAGHDAD, April 24 -- A terrorist bombing in Diyala, east of Iraq, killed 45 and injured 67 Iranians on Thursday.
    Based on latest dispatches, the terrorist incident overall killed 47, including 45 Iranians, and injured 70 others, including 67 Iranians, who traveled to Iraq to visit the country's holy sites.
    Local sources told IRNA that 42 Iranian injured are in Baquba hospital in Diyala, north of Iraq, to receive medical treatment. Some of the Iranian victims are reportedly in a deteriorating condition, according to the sources.

  • BANGKOK, April 24 (PNA/Xinhua) -- The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had expressed confidence in Thailand's politics and hoped the Thai government would be able to restore stability, Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said Friday.
    Kasit met with Clinton during his official visit to Washington this week to boost the bilateral tie, the website by The Nation newspaper reported.

  • VATICAN, April 20, 2009-- "Galileo and the Vatican" is the title of a new book that gathers together the documents of the commission created by Pope John Paul II on the famous Italian scientist and seeks to debunk the black legend and other myths about this case.
    In statements to the Mexican news agency Notimex, Cardinal Paul Poupard recalled that John Paul II publicly apologized about Galileo in October of 1992.

  • LONDON, April 24 -- British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is to attend the next General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, where he will seek full backing of the European Union (EU) to the changed US policy towards Iran.
    "We will encourage the EU to state its clear support for the new US approach," Foreign Office Minister Lord Malloch-Brown (pictured) said in a written parliamentary statement published Friday.

  • MOGADISHU, April 18 (PNA/Xinhua) -- NATO forces on Saturday captured seven Somali pirates and freed 20 people taken hostage by the pirates in the Gulf of Aden, according to agencies reports.
    The reports quoted a NATO spokesperson as saying that a Dutch warship with NATO mission took action after the pirates launched attack on the tanker MT Handytankers Magic in the Gulf of Aden.
    They chased the pirates fleeing on a small skiff and later boarded a Yemeni-flagged fishing dhow which was captured by the pirates on Sunday and taken as their "mother ship".