Monday 16 December 2019

Wikileaks soldier fights charges

AN army private charged in relation to a massive leak of US government secrets to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks is seeking dismissal of 10 of the 22 counts that he faces.

A military judge will hear oral arguments at a pre-trial hearing starting on June 6. The soldier faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy.

Schizophrenia drug treats cancer

A DRUG used to treat schizophrenia may provide an effective weapon against treatment-resistant cancers, research suggests.

The anti-psychotic drug thioridazine appears to "tame" deadly cancer stem cells, turning them into ordinary non-cancerous cells.

Plans are now under way for a clinical trial using thioridazine in combination with standard anti-cancer drugs to treat adult acute myeloid leukaemia.

Mexican forces find fake uniforms

MEXICAN marines say they have found a clandestine workshop in the north of the country, where presumed drug traffickers made copies of military uniforms.

The navy says hundreds of camouflage pants, shirts and vests were found. The uniforms are part of an effort by criminal gangs to damage the reputation of the marine corps, the navy added.

Sale of Reagan's blood is cancelled

AN auction house has cancelled the sale of a vial containing dried blood residue said to be from the late US president Ronald Reagan. It announced that the seller would instead donate the item to the Reagan Presidential Foundation.

The vial had been taken from a laboratory that tested Reagan's blood for lead after he was seriously wounded by a would-be assassin in 1981. Online bidding on the item had reached about $30,000 (€23,800) when the sale was suspended.

Lady Gaga tweet infuriates Thais

LADY Gaga wants to go shopping in Bangkok -- for a fake Rolex. The singer made the comment to her 24 million Twitter followers, sparking uproar in Thailand, where some fans said her words were insulting and bad for the country's image.

"We are more civilised than you think," tweeted Thai DJ Surahit Siamwalla, who said he would boycott her concert.

Lady Gaga's tweet said: "I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex."

Irish Independent

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