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US woman killed in London was wife of Florida State professor

An American woman killed in a knife attack in London was the wife of an eminent psychology professor at Florida State University (FSU), the university said in a statement.

Richard Wagner, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and his wife were in London where he taught in the summer session at FSU’s London Study Programme, it said. Police in London have said she was in her 60s.

FSU did not name Wagner’s wife, but Florida Governor Rick Scott identified her in a tweet as Darlene Horton and said that he and his wife were praying for her family and loved ones.


Obama declares himself a 'feminist'

In a birthday editorial, US President Barack Obama described himself as a feminist and urged renewed effort to break down gender stereotypes.

The father of two girls, who was raised by a single mother, penned an essay for Glamour magazine, declaring "this is an extraordinary time to be a woman."

"I say that not just as President but also as a feminist."


Being overweight may hasten brain ageing: Study

The brains of middle-aged people who are overweight or obese show signs of accelerated ageing, according to a scientific study.

Levels of crucial white matter - connective tissue allowing different regions of the brain to communicate - were significantly lower in clinically overweight than in lean individuals, researchers found.

By that measure, the brain of an overweight person aged 40 appeared to be a decade older, they reported in the journal Neurobiology of Ageing.


Clint Eastwood: 'I'd have to go for Trump'

Actor and director Clint Eastwood has defended Donald Trump over accusations of racism, and revealed he is leaning towards voting for the Republican presidential nominee.

The 86-year-old acknowledged that the tycoon's incendiary rhetoric has been "dumb" at times but added that people were "making a big hoodoo out of it" and should "get over it."

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Eastwood said people were getting "tired of political correctness, kissing up. That's the kiss-a** generation we're in right now."


Olympics: Neymar fails to spark Brazil in South Africa stalemate

Barcelona star Neymar failed to provide the expected flying start to Brazil's quest for a maiden football Olympic gold medal as the hosts were held 0-0 by 10-man South Africa in their Rio 2016 opener.

Neymar is by far the biggest name taking part in the football competition and has been tasked with restoring pride to Brazilian football after a catastrophic 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil at the 2014 World Cup.

However, he endured a frustrating afternoon on a sandy and slow surface in Brasilia as South Africa held out despite Mothobi Mvala's red card half an hour from time.