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Bookstores Feeling Pain From Digital Technologies

Pundits might put a different spin on how and when it will happen but all see a struggle for survival by traditional booksellers thanks to a growing shift to electronic books and Internet sales.

And eyes are on the current woes of large U.S. book retailers for how best to face the challenge.

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Dollar Holds Firm Against Euro

The dollar held firm against the Euro in Asia on Tuesday in the absence of fresh trading pegs after inching up in New York on weaker-than-expected German data.

The Euro bought $1.3577 dollars in Tokyo morning trade, a shade lower than $1.3581 in New York late Monday. Against the Japanese unit, the common currency was flat at 111.78.

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Study Shows Junk food Diet Linked to Lower IQ

Toddlers who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind.

The conclusion, published on Monday, comes from a long-term investigation into 14,000 people born in western England in 1991 and 1992 whose health and well-being were monitored at the ages of three, four, seven and eight and a half.

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Study Finds Link Between Genes and Depression

People who are genetically predisposed to produce lower amounts of a certain brain chemical that regulates appetite and stress may be at higher risk of severe depression, researchers said Monday.

The findings should shed more light on how depression affects certain people more than others, and could help lead the way toward developing more individualized therapies, researchers at the University of Michigan said.

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Heart Therapy Works Better in Women

For the first time in the history of heart disease research, a certain type of treatment has proven more effective in women than in men, according to a U.S. study published Monday.

The research found that women saw a 70 percent reduction in heart failure compared to men who saw a 35 percent drop when using cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D), indicating it works twice as well in women.

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German Love Stunt Ends in Tragedy

A romantic gesture went tragically wrong in Germany Monday when a man trying to affix a sign on a motorway bridge to mark the 10th anniversary of his relationship fell to his death, police said.

"According to preliminary investigations ... the 29-year-old was somehow trying to attach a banner with his name, a woman's name and the phrase '10 years' to the bridge," said police in the western city of Cologne.

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Palestinians to Hold Local Polls on July 9

The Palestinian cabinet decided on Tuesday to hold local elections on July 9, in what will be the first Palestinian vote since 2006, a source close to the government said.

"The Palestinian cabinet has decided that July 9 will be the date for local elections," he told Agence France Presse, saying a formal statement would be issued shortly.

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Palestinians Want Bethlehem on UN Heritage List

The Palestinians on Monday made a formal bid to have Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.

"We are very proud to announce that we have submitted the nomination file of Bethlehem: birthplace of Jesus -- Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route ... to the World Heritage Center," tourism minister Khulud Daibes told reporters.

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Suleiman: Mubarak Forms Panel to Pilot Constitutional Changes

Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday formed a panel to oversee constitutional amendments, Vice President Omar Suleiman said, as anti-government protests entered their third week.

"President Mubarak today signed a decree for the formation of the constitutional commission which will oversee constitutional amendments, and required legislative amendments," Suleiman said in a statement read out on television.

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Berlin Magic Mushroom Museum Show a Major Hit

An unusual Berlin museum exhibition combining reindeer, canaries, mice, magic mushrooms and a dash of Hindu mysticism drew nearly 100,000 visitors during its three-month run, organizers said Monday.

The "Soma" show by Belgian-born artist Carsten Hoeller which wrapped up Sunday was a runaway hit for the Hamburger Bahnhof museum of contemporary art, a spokeswoman for the state-run museums in the German capital said.

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