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  Berlusconi Finally Quits After DefeatApril 29, 2006 23:53 Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, finally announced that he would resign last night, three weeks after he was defeated in a general election.

His decision to step down clears the way for Romano Prodi, the leader of the centre-left coalition which won the election by the smallest margin in Italian history, to take power.

Mr Berlusconi, 69, a billionaire media owner and political ally of Tony Blair who led Italy at the head of a Right-wing coalition for five years, had refused to acknowledge his defeat, claiming that Mr Prodi's coalition won only because of electoral fraud and malpractice.

However, after protracted wrangling, he now intends formally to hand his resignation to Italy's president, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, after a valedictory cabinet meeting on Tuesday.


 
  Panel Dumps Net Neutrality / House Committee Drops Amendment Banning Two-Tier InternetApril 27, 2006 22:12 Is the Internet about to change before our very fingertips?

Internet carriers would have a free hand to charge the likes of Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and eBay Inc. extra for faster delivery of services to consumers under a bill approved by a House committee Wednesday.

The vote, 42-12, brings a two-tier Internet one step closer to reality despite the wishes of a broad coalition of Web site operators and public interest groups that insist the fees will crush innovation.

The Web companies had hoped to amend Wednesday's legislation, thereby enshrining the status quo of "network neutrality," the catchphrase that has come to represent a system in which all Internet traffic is treated equally. But the effort failed when an amendment introduced by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., was defeated 34-22 in a largely party line vote earlier in the day.

  US Condemns Iran Nuclear AdvanceApril 12, 2006 05:23 The United States has said Iran is "moving in the wrong direction" after its announcement that it has successfully enriched uranium.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran had become the latest nation with "nuclear technology".

A US spokesman said Iran's defiance of UN calls to cease nuclear activities isolated Iran and its people.

The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog is visiting Tehran on Wednesday to try to defuse the crisis.

Iran made its announcement on Tuesday, two months after resuming enrichment research in February.


 
  Doctors Implant Lab Grown Bladders Into PatientsApril 04, 2006 21:08 Interesting news that could eventually signal the end of illegal trade in human organs and waiting lists for organ recipients...

U.S. doctors have successfully implanted bladders grown in the laboratory into patients with bladder disease. These custom bladders grew from the patients' own bladder cells on a specially shaped mold. The surgeons hope to use the technique to repair or replace other complex internal organs.

Seven youths aged four to 19 are the first beneficiaries of new bladders engineered by Dr. Anthony Atala and colleagues at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. "In terms of actually engineering a complex construct that we engineer outside the body and then we implant inside the body, this is really the first time we have been able to do that," he said.

The youthful patients Dr. Atala treated had congenital bladder disease that caused unnaturally high pressures inside the organ. This problem can damage the kidney, which produces the urine passed by the bladder.