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Battle for Singapore's 'sandwich class' vote offers underdog a chance

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Workers' Party of Singapore was once written off as too left wing for a country that had built its success on unabashed capitalism: to many, even its symbol of a bright yellow hammer on a red background looked just a sickle short of communism.


Blood tests may show inherited diseases in fetuses

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Doctors may soon be able to diagnose inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis, thalassaemia and sickle cell anemia in fetuses by simply testing a blood sample taken from the mother.


Bolivian 'communist crucifix' gift to pope surprises Vatican

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - The Vatican acknowledged it was taken by surprise to discover that a wooden hammer and sickle sculpture with a figure of a crucified Christ gifted to the Pope in Bolivia was not commissioned by leftist president Evo Morales but designed by a priest killed in 1980.


Most who die from new H1N1 flu had conditions - CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most of the people who have died from the new pandemic H1N1 flu had underlying conditions such as asthma, but 45 percent seemed healthy, according to the largest study yet of U.S. cases.


Good deed turns disastrous

KUCHING: A tanker driver fell prey to a ruse cooked up by robbers in Siburan near here.


Factory owner cleared of manslaughter

A factory owner has been acquitted of manslaughter by a Sessions Court in Ipoh.


Woman, staying alone, murdered

KUCHING: A woman was killed in a robbery on Friday, making the case the second murder this year.