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U.S. confirms coalition strike in Mosul district where dozens reported killed

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 3:52pm

By Patrick Markey MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Saturday a U.S.-led coalition strike had hit an Islamic State-held area of Iraq's Mosul where residents and officials say as many as 200 civilians may have been killed as result of an air raid. The American confirmation followed a decision by Iraqi government forces to pause their drive to recapture west Mosul on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said, a move apparently motivated by the incident. With fighting intensifying to recapture Mosul, around half a million civilians remain in Islamic State-held areas in the west of the city, complicating use of air strikes and heavy artillery to drive the hardline militants from their last major stronghold in Iraq.

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Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 3:32pm

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, with key markets China, Egypt and Chile lifting their bans on its products. The three countries, which had totally closed their markets to Brazilian meat at the beginning of the week, said they would open them to all but imports from the 21 Brazilian processing plants under investigation. About 20 countries this week -- including the European Union, Japan and Mexico -- closed fully or partially their doors to Brazilian meat imports, whose sales brought in more than $13 billion to the Brazilian economy in 2016.

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Monaco on high alert after brazen Cartier heist

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 3:04pm

Monaco police were hunting for two suspects Saturday after a daring afternoon robbery at the famous French jeweller Cartier, prompting a brief lockdown of the tiny principality and jet set haven. Three men entered the boutique toward 3:40 pm (1440 GMT) while a driver waited in a car, the Monaco prosecutor's office said, adding that no shots were fired and no one was wounded or taken hostage. Clients in the showroom as well as tourists who found themselves in the zone were confined for part of the afternoon in the Monte Carlo Casino and nearby boutiques.

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U.N. envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 2:15pm

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Russia, Iran and Shi'ite militias from nearby countries, are seeking to staunch the biggest rebel assault in months, which began this week in the capital Damascus and the Hama countryside.

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UN Syria envoy urges foreign powers to help restore ceasefire

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 1:49pm

The United Nations' Syria envoy sent an urgent appeal Saturday to Russia, Iran and Turkey seeking help to restore a ceasefire, warning that escalating violence was threatening peace talks in Geneva. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura sent letters to Moscow and Tehran -- which back the Damascus regime -- as well as Ankara which supports the Syrian opposition, expressing concern over surging violence around the Syrian capital and central Hama province. "Growing violations in recent days are undermining the ceasefire", agreed at separate negotiations in Kazakhstan's capital Astana overseen by the three countries, de Mistura's office said in a statement.

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3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riot

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 1:19pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fight between inmates at a northern Mexican prison left three inmates dead and one injured, authorities said Saturday.

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Officer is Found Guilty in Shooting Death of 6-Year-Old Boy With Autism

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 1:16pm

Jeremy Mardis was shot to death while in his dad's car in 2015.

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What happened today in France's presidential race

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 12:56pm

With 29 days to go before the first round of France's two-stage presidential election, outgoing head of state Francois Hollande has urged candidates to keep faith with the European Union even as Britain prepares to leave the bloc. Conservative candidate Francois Fillon, under pressure over allegations of fake parliamentary jobs for the family which have hit his poll ratings, received a chaotic reception on a trip to the southern Basque region where some protesters pelted him with eggs. Fillon, who has accused Hollande of helping foment a smear campaign against him amid claims his wife was on the public payroll but did little for her salary, ran the gauntlet in the small town of Cambo-les-Bains.

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Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: Officials

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 12:51pm

BENI, Congo (AP) — A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N. is searching for missing American and Swedish investigators, a local official said Saturday.

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Obamacare exploding? Maybe just a slow burn

Reuters Health News - March 25, 2017 - 12:30pm
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Obamacare was "exploding" after Republican lawmakers shelved legislation that would have dismantled the healthcare law.
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Woman Stunned to Get Her Stolen Wallet Back 8 Years Later... With $141 Still Inside

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 12:30pm

Incredibly, Courtney Connolly desperately needed $140 to enter a competition this summer.

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Malaysia Could Soon Analyze Its Own Black Boxes

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 11:40am

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi announced Thursday that Malaysia intended to create a laboratory with the capability to analyze flight recorders.

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Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 11:35am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States.

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Walking on frozen bubbles

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 11:15am

Paul Zizka, from Alberta, Canada, visits this lake every year — but this is the first time he photographed the magical bubbles at sunrise. The 37-year-old Zizka said there were thousands of bubbles trapped under the ice and he was lucky to see them.

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China lifts ban on Brazilian meat imports

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 10:38am

Brazil, trying to recover from a rotten meat scandal that has pummeled its agribusiness industry, said Saturday that major trading partner China had lifted a ban on imports of its products. "China announced today it has fully reopened its market to Brazilian meat," Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said in a statement. Maggi did not say when the resumption of Brazilian meat imports, suspended Monday by China, would take effect.

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Trump disappointed House conservatives blocked healthcare bill

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 10:08am

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday that he was disappointed that a conservative faction in the House of Representatives blocked his healthcare legislation and said "we learned a lot about loyalty" from the effort. Speaking in the Oval Office after a stunning political setback, Trump said the healthcare effort was a victim of stalwart Democratic opposition and any future healthcare legislation would likely need Democratic support. Asked if he felt betrayed by the Freedom Caucus, Trump said he did not.

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AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 9:39am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily.

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Hundreds detained as Belarus struggles to quell protests

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 9:34am

By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus authorities detained hundreds of people on Saturday during an attempt to hold a street protest in the capital Minsk, amid rising public anger over falling living standards and an unpopular tax on the unemployed. A Reuters reporter saw hundreds of police deployed to block off access points to the square where the protests were due to take place. Saturday's demonstration is the latest in a wave of protests since February that pose the biggest challenge in years to President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet state with an iron fist for nearly a quarter of a century.

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Ex-guerrilla leader vows to keep fight for East Timor unity

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 9:08am

DILI, East Timor (AP) — A former guerrilla fighter vowed Saturday to keep peace and unity as East Timor's new president, delivering a victory speech after the final tally showed he was on course to win the election.

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Thousands demonstrate in London against leaving the EU

Pharma news - March 25, 2017 - 8:42am

Thousands of people marched through London on Saturday to protest against Britain leaving the European Union, just four days before Prime Minister Theresa May launches the start of the formal divorce process from the bloc it joined 44 years ago. The Unite for Europe march was due to end with a rally in Parliament Square, scene of this week's attack by British-born Islam convert Khalid Masood in which four people died. One banner from a marcher in Hastings on the south coast - scene of England's epoch-defining defeat to William, Duke of Normandy - read: "Hastings, in Europe since 1066." Another simply said "Happy Birthday EU" in a reference to this weekend's 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding, currently being commemorated in Rome.

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