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Face transplants to become routine
Transplanting faces may seem like science fiction, but doctors say the experimental surgeries could one day become routine.
In papers from two of the world's three teams that have performed partial face transplants, experts said their techniques were surprisingly effective, though complications exist and more work is needed.
The research was published yesterday in British medical journal The Lancet.
"There is no reason to think these face transplants would not be as common as kidney or liver transplants one day," said Dr. Laurent Lantieri, a plastic surgeon at the Henri Mondor-Albert Chenevier Hospital in France.
Blood Diamond ban
With the 2007 Hollywood movie "Blood Diamond" still pulling big crowds into Freetown's movie halls, Sierra Leone's new promotion agency would like nothing better than to see it banned.
"This 'Blood Diamond' film is sending bad signals to the world about Sierra Leone," the state-run Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency said Thursday.
The agency is urging the government and other partners "to ban the film with immediate effect," SLIPA head Adeyormie Sandy told Agence France-Presse.
eBay evolution
Flocks of eBay sellers were squawking Thursday as the pioneering online auction Web site continued "bold changes" aimed at wrenching market share from Internet retail giant Amazon.
The California firm's latest moves focus on making buying items at eBay more like standard store purchases, complete with electronic payments and fixed prices.
EBay is altering anew its fee system, making it cheaper to post items but taking a bigger percentage of sales.
Climate talks begin
Time is running short to agree a new U.N. climate treaty that will need billions of dollars a year to help the poor cope with global warming, host Ghana told the start of 160-nation U.N. climate talks on Thursday.
"The clock is ticking," Ghanaian President John Kufuor told the August 21-27 talks in Accra, meant to work on details of a U.N. deal to combat global warming to be agreed in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.


Updated : 2021-05-16 01:32 GMT+08:00