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Russia bans some food imports from Bulgaria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has banned some food imports from Bulgaria from September 1 after Sofia told Moscow about an unspec…

  • Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending … Associated Press - 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care. More »

  • Lannett to buy UCB unit to boost speciality … Reuters - 10 hours ago

    Lannett Co Inc said it would buy Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc, a U.S. unit of Belgian drugmaker UCB SA , for $1.23 billion (804 million pounds) to expand its speciality generic drugs portfolio. There have been several large deals involving generic drug makers, including industry leader Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd , this year as companies look to gain scale. Kremers Urban has 18 generic drugs in the market for conditions including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, hypertension and respiratory disease. More »

  • Killer T-cell therapy shows promise …
    Killer T-cell therapy shows promise … AFP - 10 hours ago

    A cancer-killing therapy that engineers a patient's own immune cells to wipe out chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has shown long-term success in a handful of people, a US study said Wednesday. More »

  • Syria's ailing water network could … Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's water network, heavily damaged by bombs and shelling, is at risk of collapse as its civil war drags on, increasing the threat of deadly typhoid or cholera outbreaks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. Millions of people in Aleppo and Damascus are cut off from water supplies for days at a time, a tactic used by all warring sides to exert control in divided cities, the ICRC said. ICRC aid workers have helped water boards and engineers to maintain and repair ageing pumping stations throughout Syria since the conflict began in March 2011. More »

  • 'Concussion' football movie …
    'Concussion' football movie … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment executives altered the script of its forthcoming movie "Concussion," about football-related brain trauma, to avoid antagonizing the National Football League, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing emails between Sony studio executives that were leaked by hackers last year, the Times said marketing plans for the movie were positioned to focus on the story of a whistle-blower, rather than a condemnation of the sport. Sony said on Wednesday that the New York Times story "contains many misleading references" and that nothing had been "softened" in the film to placate anyone. More »

  • Congo bans documentary about renowned … Reuters - 16 hours ago

    Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday banned a documentary film about a doctor who treats war rape victims, leading the film makers to say the government was trying to silence debate about sexual violence. Media Minister Lambert Mende gave no reason for the decision to ban "The Man who Mends Women (L'Homme Qui Repare Les Femmes)", which is about Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, the founder of Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu. Sexual violence by militias and the army is a defining atrocity of a conflict in eastern Congo that has lasted two decades, and the hospital has treated thousands of rape victims. More »

  • Ukraine reports polio outbreak, first …
    Ukraine reports polio outbreak, first … AFP - 16 hours ago

    Two polio cases have been confirmed in western Ukraine, the first to be recorded in Europe since 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. More »

  • House Judiciary panel sets first Planned … Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will hold Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos next Wednesday. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where majority Republicans stand on the issue. More »

  • Sixty-one infants die at Indian hospital … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    The deaths highlight the challenges faced in India's underfunded public health system, where successive governments have failed to address the acute shortage of staff and clinics. A criminal probe was under way into the conduct of three staff at the Shishu Bhawan, or Children's Home, in the city of Cuttack in eastern Odisha, state health minister Atanu S. Nayak said on Wednesday. Opposition parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), staged protests outside several government hospitals across Odisha, waving flags and shouting slogans against state government officials. More »

  • A bold move to save a man's hand: …
    A bold move to save a man's hand: … Associated Press - Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Casey Reyes struggled for a way to explain the "sci-fi" surgery doctors were proposing to save her 87-year-old grandfather's badly burned hand. More »

  • Ebola, fire threaten to derail Commonwealth … Reuters - Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    By Greg Stutchbury AUCKLAND (Reuters) - The Commonwealth Games Federation's desire to develop competition for younger athletes survived one blow but suffered another within minutes at the organisation's general assembly on Wednesday. The organisation had barely stared down a request for sanctions be levelled against Samoa, just days before the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games began, before Caribbean nation St Lucia withdrew from hosting the 2017 Games for financial reasons. Samoa, which is hosting the fifth edition of the Youth Games from Sept. 5-11, had refused to issue visas to the Sierra Leone team due to the fear of the Ebola virus in west Africa. More »

  • Medical specialists urge more debate …
    Medical specialists urge more debate … Reuters - Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Medical researchers called on Wednesday for detailed, thoughtful debate on future use of new genetic technology that has the potential to create "designer babies". The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit virtually any gene they target, including in human embryos, enabling them to find and change or replace genetic defects. Describing CRISPR as "game-changing", the Wellcome Trust global medical charity and four other leading British research organisations urged the scientific community to proceed considerately, allowing time and space for ethical debate. More »

  • Liberia back home for Nations Cup q … Reuters - Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Liberia will host their first full international match since the lifting of an Ebola ban when they play Tunisia in an African Nations Cup qualifier in Monrovia on Saturday. Liberia last hosted an international in May 2014 when they beat Lesotho 1-0 in a Nations Cup qualifier in the capital. The suspension was lifted this May when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the country fee of the deadly haemorrhagic fever. More »

  • FDA issues warning letters to powdered … Associated Press - Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk. More »

  • Exclusive - China's AIIB to offer … Reuters - Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    By Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - China's new international development bank will offer loans with fewer strings attached than the World Bank, sources said, as Beijing seeks to change the unwritten rules of global development finance. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will require projects to be legally transparent and protect social and environmental interests, but will not ask borrowers to privatise or deregulate businesses for loans, four sources with knowledge of the matter said. By not insisting on some free market economic policies recommended by the World Bank, the AIIB is likely to avoid criticism levelled against its rivals, who some say impose unreasonable demands on borrowers. More »