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Shaker Aamer, UK's last detainee in Guantánamo Bay, to be freed

Shaker Aamer to be freedThe US is to release Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at Guantánamo Bay, after 13 years without trial.

Barack Obama is believed to have informed David Cameron of the decision during a phone call on Thursday.

According to senior US defence sources, Aamer’s release was approved following a “thorough review of his case and taking into consideration the robust security assurances that will be provided by the British government”.


Obama welcomes Xi to the White House

Xi welcomed to White HousePresident Obama formally welcomed Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to the White House on Friday for tense talks that touch on cyber spying, military policy, economic issues, and climate change.

"Even as our nations cooperate, I believe -- and I know you agree -- that we must address our differences candidly," Obama told Xi during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House.


Did Flint, Michigan, Just Lead Poison Its Children? Doctors Think So.

Flint. Michigan water dangerousAccording to researchers in Flint, Michigan, blood tests have revealed a distressing conclusion—the tap water residents are drinking is causing elevated lead levels in the city’s children.

A new study headed by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a researcher and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center, compared blood tests taken over a span of months in 2013 with samples taken over a similar span this year. During the time between, the city of Flint changed the source of its drinking water from Lake Huron to treated water from the Flint River.


Supermassive black hole bigger than scientists thought was possible

giant black holeAstronomers in England have discovered a supermassive black hole many times larger than should be possible.

In astrophysics, very few rules are hard and fast. There are mostly just loose parameters, theories and informed expectations -- expectations that are constantly being subverted by newly discovered phenomena.


FDA: Start-up's cancer blood test may be harmful

Start=up cancer blood test may be dangerousA San Diego company selling an early cancer detection test was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration it can find no evidence the test actually works, and is concerned it could prove to be harmful for some people.

Pathway Genomics debuted its CancerIntercept test in early September with claims it can detect cancer cell DNA in the blood, picking up mutations linked to as many as 10 different cancers. The goal is to catch cancer early in people who are "otherwise healthy" and not showing symptoms of the disease.


Saudi prince arrested in alleged Beverly Hills sex crime

saudi Prince arrestedA Saudi Arabian prince has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly forcing a worker at a Beverly Hills mansion to perform a sex act on him.

Los Angeles police said Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and released the following day after posting a $300,000 (£197,000) bond .

He is scheduled to appear in court on October 19 to face a charge of "forced oral copulation".


Pope beseeches world leaders to protect the environment

Pope BenedictPope Francis declared Friday that there is a "right of the environment" and that mankind has no authority to abuse it, telling more than 100 world leaders and diplomats at the United Nations that urgent action is needed to halt the destruction of God's creation.

Hoping to spur concrete commitments at upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris, Francis accused the world's powerful countries of indulging a "selfish and boundless thirst" for money by ravaging the planet's natural resources and impoverishing the weak and disadvantaged in the process.


Senate blocks legislation to defund Planned Parenthood

Senate halts Planned Parenhood defunding planDemocrats in the U.S. Senate, joined by some Republicans, blocked an effort on Thursday to deny federal funds for the women's health care group Planned Parenthood in a move that could help avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Most Senate Republicans had supported the plan to attach the Planned Parenthood defunding to a bill that keeps the government operating with the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.


China To Announce Cap-And-Trade Program To Limit Emissions

Xi JinpingChina will announce Friday that it will launch a national carbon emissions trading market in 2017 as part of a joint climate change statement with the United States meant to boost prospects for a global climate pact, U.S. officials said.

The statement will be one of the few policy announcements the two countries are expected to make during Chinese President Xi Jinping's meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama Friday. The leaders will meet amid tensions over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing's economic policies and China's regional territorial disputes.


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