Afghan policewoman shoots US adviser with pistol "at point black range" outside compound shop

Afghan policewoman shoots US adviser with pistol 'at point blank range' outside compound shop Police are investigating if the killing in Kabul was intentional or accidental | UPDATED: 17:51 GMT, 24 December 2012 An Afghan policewoman shot dead an American adviser at 'point blank range' inside Kabul's security compound today. The killing is the latest insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces against their foriegn allies, and the first committed by a woman. The woman, identified as Afghan police sergeant Nargas, had entered the strategic compound in the heart of the capital and shot the adviser with a pistol as he came out of a small shop with items he had just bought

Drinking beer: Can it really stave off a cold?

Cheers! Could drinking beer really stave off a winter cold Humulone, the bitter-tasting chemical compound found in hops, is said to be effective against cold and flu virus Now, a Japanese beer company plans to create humulone-containing food and non-alcoholic beverages | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 12 December 2012 You'd be forgiven for thinking a steaming hot toddy is the best remedy for a cold, but according to new research it's lager you should be knocking back to beat the dreaded lurgy. A new Japanese study suggests that a key ingredient found in beer may help to warn off the winter sniffles. Researchers at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a chemical compound in hops, was effective against the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus and was found to have an anti-inflammatory effect.