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US doctors cure child born with HIV

Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented.

Obama rounds out Cabinet with EPA, Energy picks

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced his nominees to lead a new U.S. push to tackle climate change on Monday, choosing an air quality expert to run the Environmental Protection Agency and a nuclear physicist to head the Department of Energy.

5 Reasons Immigration Reform Might Actually Pass

No one would blame supporters of immigration reform if they were pessimistic about the chances of getting a comprehensive bill passed this year. After all, in recent years they’ve already seen one bill go down in flames, another never get off the ground, and just last year endured a presidential election in which Republican candidates were attacked for showing even the slightest sympathy towards undocumented immigrants.

Cardinals At Odds Of When To Begin Choosing Next Pope

The College of Cardinals is holding its first official meetings at the Vatican on Monday. The top agenda item is choosing which day to start the closed-door conclave that will elect the new pope. With no clear front-runner, the conclave outcome is unpredictable.

French Commander Cautious About Al-Qaida Leaders’ Deaths

There’s uncertainty over the supposed death of two top al-Qaida-affiliated leaders reportedly killed in West Africa.

At Florida Sinkhole, Demolition Continues

The grim work continues at a home near Tampa, Fla., where a man apparently died last week when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom.

Kenyan elections marred by Mombosa violence

Violence has flared on election day in Kenya, with at least 13 people killed in co-ordinated attacks on the coast.

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