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'Miracle' treatment for genetic diseases a step closer
London, June. 16 (BNA) -- Genetic faults that cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and some cancers could be repaired in a new technique described as a "miracle of modern medicine" Genetic diseases result from flaws in the body's instruction code or DNA that lead to the cells not functioning or developing as they should. But, in what is claimed to be a world first, scientists claim they have come up with an entirely new way to rewrite the code – reversing any flaws or faults. The Daily Telegraph reported today that the findings, though early, are significant because they may ultimately help researchers alter the course of devastating genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and many forms of cancer. More than 8,000 people in Britain suffer from cystic fibrosis, including Gordon Brown's son, Fraser. A further 30,000 people have muscular dystrophy.
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Afghan militants attack Pakistani forces, casualties feared
Islamabad, June. 16 (BNA) -- Casualties have been feared in another bloody attack on Pakistani security forces by Afghan militants in the bordering tribal belt, days after President Hamid Karzai condemned such previous attacks and assured of launching a curb on them in the future. Security sources said that three to four hundred militants crossed the border and attacked security forces in Bajaur tribal agency. They said the militants also targeted civilians. There were reports of three women being wounded but tribal sources feared more casualties.
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15 killed in two suspected drone strikes
Islamabad, June. 16 (BNA) -- Two suspected U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region killed 15 people, two intelligence officials said. Ten militants were killed when a drone fired four missiles on two militants' hideouts in the area of Wana in South Waziristan,
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White House sends Libya report to Congress
Washington, June. 16 (BNA) -- The U.S. Administration noted here Wednesday that the cost for the military and humanitarian operations in Libya reached USD 715.9 million. In a 32-page detailed report to Congress entitled "United States Activities in Libya," the Obama Administration indicated that the cost through June 3, 2011, for Department of Defense (DoD) military operations and humanitarian assistance efforts in Libya is USD 715.9 million.
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Radical Indonesian cleric sentenced to 15 years in prison
Jakarta, June. 16 (BNA) -- An Indonesian court sentenced radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to 15 years in prison on Thursday. Bashir was on trial for a series of terror-related charges, including planning, attempting, funding and inciting terrorism. Prosecutors had demanded that Bashir be sentenced to life in prison.
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Gates says Pentagon budget cuts could "hollow" out US military capability
U.S-Economic Washington, June. 15 (BNA) -- In his last speech to Congress, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Wednesday that defense budget cuts could "hollow" out military capability. "A smaller military, no matter how superb, will be able to go fewer places and do fewer things," Gates said before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense in his last congressional testimony as Defense secretary.
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UN students in Gaza make Formula 1-type car to race in Europe
UN-Gaza United Nations, June. 15 (BNA) -- Students from UNRWA school in Gaza put together from recycled parts a Formula 1-style car to enter the Formula Student auto race in the UK in "a demonstration of determination and creativity" despite the four-year old Israeli blockade on the Strip, it was announced here on Wednesday. After weeks of moulding, sanding, and painting, a group of students in the Khan Younis Training Centre (KYTC), run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and their teacher ran an official test drive of their car earlier today.
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Netanyahu fears new Palestinian uprising
Gaza, June. 16 (BNA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced concerns over a looming third Palestinian Intifada or uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Sources at Netanyahu's office told Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth that the Prime Minister fears a third intifada this summer ahead of a planned Palestinian declaration of statehood in September. "Netanyahu fears he will not be able to stop (what will happen in) September," the sources said. "The prime minister is making an effort to convince European states that if riots begin after the declaration of statehood responsibility will not fall on Israel," they added. The defense establishment presented decision-makers with a number of possible summer scenarios recently. Officials say that violent clashes may take place between security forces and Arabs and Palestinians. "There is one scenario in which many thousands, or possibly tens of thousands, begin a march that becomes riots and serious conflicts with the IDF, " they said.
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Five People Shot Dead in Pakistan''​s Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan, June 16 (BNA) - Five members of the same family were shot dead in Mangla Mandi, an area of Lahore, Pakistan''s Geo TV reported Thursday. According to police sources, the reason of the incident is personal enmity. The five family members were killed when they were on their way to appear before court when the family was attacked by their enemies.
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Five Shot Dead in Karachi Shooting
Karachi, Pakistan, June 16 (BNA) - Five more people have been killed in firing incidents in the metropolis as death toll reached 39 during the last 4 days, Pakistan''s Geo TV reported Thursday. According to the police, a body was found in Saddar area while unidentified armed men shot dead two people near empress market. However, both the dead bodies have not been identified yet.
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