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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cup of goodness

Green tea and coffee both reduce the risk of strokes, a study has found.

Scientists questioned more than 83,000 Japanese adults about their consumption of the beverages and monitored them for 13 years. People who consumed at least one cup of coffee a day had a 20pc reduced risk. Those who drank two cups of green tea daily reduced their chances of a stroke by 14pc.

Village contraception

Villagers in southern China are furious after local officials published a list of each family's preferred method of contraception, claiming it would help to enforce the country's one-child policy.

The list, put up on a bulletin board in a village in the city of Dongguan, gave the names and ages of married couples and detailed whether local women had been sterilised or whether they used condoms or contraceptive coils. It was removed after Chinese media visited the village.

Charles learns Arabic

BRITAIN'S Prince Charles has disclosed that he is learning Arabic. At a reception in Qatar, he told guests that the language "goes in one ear and out the other", but an aide said that he has been having private tuition for six months.

Understanding Arabic would enable the prince, who is passionate about encouraging dialogue between different religions, to read the Koran in its original form.

Dairy cancer warning

Milk, cream and cheese can reduce the survival chances of women with breast cancer, a study has found.

Patients who consumed one or more serving of high-fat dairy products a day had a 64pc greater risk of dying from any cause, said researchers. They also had a 49pc higher likelihood of death from breast cancer. A total of 1,500 women with breast cancer were questioned about their diets and monitored for an average of 12 years.

US gunman killed

Police have killed a suspect in four fatal shootings in a shootout at a bar, ending a 19-hour standoff that paralyzed an upstate New York village, authorities said yesterday.

Why Kurt Myers went on the rampage remains a mystery. He killed four men and wounded two others.

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