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7 die in Somali school bomb

At least seven people died and 26 others, including several children, were wounded after a stray bomb hit a Mogadishu school during fighting between government forces and Islamist insurgents al-Shabaab in Somalia.

"Our staff have seen seven dead corpses and collected 26 wounded civilians, mainly school children," Ali Muse Sheikh, a paramedic for Nationlink and Africa Lifeline Ambulance Services, said today.

Two of the 10 injured school children are in a coma, Mo'alim Ali Mohamoud, the Qur'an teacher who runs the school, said. The shell hit the school as the students were preparing to leave yesterday, the teacher said.



Cancer risk for IVF children

For the first time, a large study suggests a higher rate of childhood cancer among test-tube babies -- but researchers say the reason probably has nothing to do with how the infants were conceived.

More likely, it's related to the genetics of the parents who turned to IVF because of infertility, the study's Swedish authors and other experts say.

Also, test-tube infants often are born prematurely and have breathing problems at birth -- traits linked in other studies with increased cancer risks.



Ecstasy 'cures' trauma victims

Ecstasy can help the tortured victims of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), research has shown.

In tests, the illegal drug had a dramatic effect on previously untreatable patients who had suffered PTSD for more than 19 years. The discovery was made by doctors in the US, who administered the ecstasy chemical MDMA to 12 patients during the trials

Two months later, 80pc of those treated no longer had symptoms that met the medical definition of PTSD.


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