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Drinking coffee 'may protect against MS'

Drinking coffee may protect against multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study.

Scientists attribute the effect to caffeine, which has already been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Scientists attribute the effect to the caffeine in coffee. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Researchers analysed data from two Swedish and US studies that compared a total of 2,788 people with MS and almost 4,000 healthy individuals.

Both studies found that participants who did not drink coffee were about one-and-a-half times more likely to develop MS than those who drank several cups a day.

"Caffeine should be studied for its impact on relapses and long-term disability in MS as well," lead researcher Dr Ellen Mowry, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore said.

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Al Qaeda 'lieutenant' convicted over 1998 bombings

Over 220 people were killed and more than 5,000 injured by the bomb at the US embassy in Nairobi. Credit: Reuters/Antony Njuguna

A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted lieutenants has been convicted in a federal court in New York in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him on all four conspiracy counts on their third day of deliberations.

Al-Fawwaz was not charged with planning the embassy attacks themselves. Instead, prosecutors said he functioned as one of bin Laden's most trusted lieutenants while living in London, disseminating the al Qaeda leader's declarations of war to the news media and sending equipment to al Qaeda members in Africa.

Al-Fawwaz was also accused of operating an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in the early 1990s and helping to lead an al Qaeda cell in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, that later conducted surveillance ahead of the embassy bombing there.

Al-Fawwaz was arrested in London in 1998. He was extradited to the United States in 2012 following a lengthy legal battle.

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