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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 7:26am

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington. Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali signed a memorandum of understanding which also covered border security, logistics and training, the official news agency IRNA reported. "Extending cooperation and exchanging experiences in fighting terrorism and extremism, border security, and educational, logistical, technical and military support are among the provisions of this memorandum," IRNA reported after the signing of the accord in Tehran.

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Japanese PM Abe's support slides again before parliament appearance

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 7:03am

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support slid 10 points to 26 percent in a poll published on Sunday, a day before Abe will be grilled in parliament over a suspected scandal that is cutting his ratings to the lowest since taking office in 2012. The July 22-23 Mainichi newspaper poll also showed that 56 percent of respondents did not back Abe's government, a 12 point rise from a previous survey in June. The precipitous drop in support does not immediately threaten Abe's job, but clouds the outlook for the premier.

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New White House communications director say Trump still doubts Russia interfered in election

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 5:58am

President Donald Trump's new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, told CNN on Sunday that Trump is still not convinced that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

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Indonesian leader: Shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 5:32am

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says police should shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest because of a narcotics crisis facing the country.

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The Latest: Pennsylvania man OK with 2nd at main poker event

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 4:13am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event in Las Vegas (all times local):

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Blackstone in talks to buy 40 percent of Israel cyber firm NSO - report

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 4:06am

Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to acquire 40 percent of Israeli cyber firm NSO Group for $400 million, Israel's Calcalist business newspaper reported on Sunday. Another investor – ClearSky – is expected to join Blackstone in the deal as a secondary buyer for 10 percent, Calcalist said. Founded in 2009 by Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio, NSO makes software that can target mobile phones to gather information.

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Venezuela’s symphony of protests

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 4:00am

Musicians in Venezuela have been taking their instruments to protests this year, and a violist was killed in June. Here are some of the players in action.

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The Commodification of Orthodox Judaism

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 3:50am

Two perceived qualities of Orthodox Judaism—authenticity and ancientness—are enticing people outside this religious tradition to pay for the chance to sample it. In Israel, secular citizens and foreign visitors willing to fork over $20 to the tour company Israel-2Go can embark on a trip to an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, where they’ll watch men in black hats and women in long skirts buying challah bread from a kosher bakery while a guide narrates the scene. They can also pay to take a tour of the menorahs in Jerusalem’s Old City alleyways during Hanukkah; eat a five-course Friday night Shabbat meal in the home of an observant family; or hear a lecture about the different nuances of the black-and-white garb worn by men from various ultra-Orthodox sects.

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US Imposes Sanctions On Russia, Iran, North Korea

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 3:30am

The House and Senate released a deal Saturday that imposed sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea for undermining American interests.

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Safety Tips For Watching The Solar Eclipse

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 3:23am

A total solar eclipse will be visible from many parts of the United States on Aug. 21, as the moon’s shadow moves across the country from west to east. NASA offered safety tips for viewing.

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New White House communications boss deletes tweets Trump would not love

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 1:47am

Donald Trump's new communications chief has deleted tweets in which he shared views contrary to the US president's own, saying they were a distraction. The day after he started his new job Friday, Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, cleared up his Twitter trail of remarks in which he differs from Trump on illegal immigration, climate change, Islam and even gun control. A bit later, Scaramucci followed up with "The politics of 'gotcha' are over.

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California governor turns to housing, rail after climate win

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 12:30am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's aggressive plea for lawmakers to renew California's signature climate change law proved fruitful this week, bolstering his credibility as a world leader in the fight against global warming.

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Palestinians die in new clashes over Jerusalem holy site

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 12:10am

Two Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces Saturday as the army moved in to seal off an attacker's home after violence over security measures at an ultra-sensitive holy site. The UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks Monday about the spiralling violence after Egypt, France and Sweden sought a meeting to "urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported". The deaths followed bloodshed on Friday, when a 19-year-old Palestinian killed three Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank and three Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces.

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Tom Kerridge's slow-cooked meat feasts for a crowd

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 12:00am

I’m a huge fan of slow-cooked meats for the simple reason that you can roast or braise them with very little fuss, yet still pack in loads of flavour. In this week’s recipes I have drawn on influences from around the world, weaving in the spices and herbs I love via marinades, rubs and glazes. The dishes are designed to be great fun – you can use the base recipes as blueprints and go on to create your own spice mixes, experimenting with ratios or ingredients. A kitchen blowtorch finishes off the crust on the beef Credit: Haarala Hamilton For the côte de boeuf, for example, components of the brine traditionally used to make pastrami have been reimagined as pickled cabbage and mustard-spiked mayonnaise, while the meat itself sports a fennel and pepper crust. An Indian-inspired marinade left overnight on a shoulder of lamb renders it smoky with a chilli heat, and ham hocks simmer in ale and stock to be finished off with a glaze made from the reduced cooking liquor. Most of this just requires you to whip up your ingredients and then leave the cooking process to work its magic – methods that make it easier for you without compromising on quality or flavour. Tom Kerridge's latest recipes Cooking large cuts of meat such as these shouldn’t just be reserved for Sunday lunch – they can be brilliant for dinner parties or al fresco feasts, too. In this country we all too often rely on supermarkets when it comes to our meat shopping, so for the best cuts go and see your butcher. I love nothing more than chatting with my local expert, as he always has the best suggestions of what cuts to use and what is best to use right now. Also, invest in a digital temperature probe to help determine when the meat is properly cooked – and prepare to serve up a feast. Beer-braised ham hock with gherkin and iceberg salad, duck egg and parsley mayonnaise Credit: Haarala Hamilton SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 4 small ham hocks (ask your butcher to French-trim them) 500ml chicken stock 500ml strong ale 2 star anise 4 tbsp malt extract 2 sprigs thyme 2 onions, diced 2 sticks celery 100ml mayonnaise 2 shallots, diced 3 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 duck eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and grated 1 iceberg lettuce, quartered 8 gherkins, sliced lengthways 3 sprigs dill, chopped Olive oil, for drizzling METHOD Place the hocks in a large casserole dish (or two) and cover with cold water. Bring up to the boil to remove any impurities, pour off the water and add the stock and ale to the pan along with the star anise, malt, thyme, onions and celery. Bring to the boil again and simmer for two hours or until the hocks are tender. Lift the ham hocks out, set aside and keep warm. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve and return to the pan. Boil to reduce the stock to a glaze. While the glaze is reducing, mix together the mayonnaise, shallots, parsley and duck egg in a bowl, stirring well. Just before serving, brush the warm hocks with the beer glaze and serve on a platter with the lettuce wedges. Lay over the gherkin slices and sprinkle with dill and olive oil. Serve the parsley mayonnaise on the side with some large chunks of crusty sourdough. Pastrami-spiced côte de boeuf with pickled white cabbage and mustard mayonnaise Credit: Haarala Hamilton If you have any beef left this will make a fab American-style sandwich. SERVES 2 INGREDIENTS 1 x côte de boeuf weighing about 650-700g, at room temperature For the pickled cabbage 200ml white wine vinegar 1 tbsp mustard seeds 100g caster sugar 1 small bay leaf ½ tsp dill seeds ½ tsp white peppercorns 300g white cabbage, finely sliced 2 tbsp chopped tarragon For the beef 3 tbsp coarse ground black pepper 2 tbsp fennel seeds 2 tbsp flaky salt 1 tsp dried thyme 3 tbsp English mustard Vegetable oil, for brushing For the mustard mayonnaise 150g mayonnaise 3 tbsp English mustard Juice of ½ lemon ½ tsp caster sugar METHOD Take the meat out of the fridge a couple of hours ahead to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 60C/lowest gas mark. Start by pickling the cabbage. Place everything apart from the cabbage and tarragon in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then stir in the cabbage and simmer for two minutes. Take off the heat and leave to cool. When cool, stir in the tarragon and set aside. Mix together the black pepper, fennel, salt and thyme. Lay the côte de boeuf on a baking tray. Brush the mustard all over the meat then roll it in the spice mix to coat. Set back on the tray and place in the oven for at least two hours (it might need two-and-a-half hours depending on your oven). Use a digital temperature probe – the internal temperature of the beef should read 60C. Remove from the oven and brush with a little vegetable oil. Using a kitchen blowtorch, brown the beef all over. Let it rest for five minutes while you mix together the mayonnaise ingredients with a pinch of salt. Carve the beef, which will be cooked rare, serving with the cooled, drained cabbage and mustard mayonnaise.   Madras-spiced lamb shoulder with sweet-and-sour mango salsa Credit: Haarala Hamilton This is an amazingly simple yet full-flavour dish. SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS 3kg shoulder of lamb For the spice paste 10 cloves garlic 10cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced 1 onion, chopped 1 tbsp tomato purée 2 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tbsp tamarind 1 tsp chilli powder 3 tbsp madras spice curry powder 3 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced 3 tsp salt 3 tbsp vegetable oil For the mango salsa 1 large mango, peeled and finely diced 1 red onion, finely sliced 2 green chillies, deseeded and finely sliced Large handful of coriander, chopped Zest and juice of 2 limes 2 tbsp distilled malt vinegar 3 tbsp peanut oil METHOD Add all the paste ingredients to a food processor and blend to a coarse, aromatic paste. Lay the lamb in a roasting tin and slash the meat six or seven times with a sharp knife. Rub the paste all over the lamb, working it into the slashes, to fully coat the meat. Leave in the fridge overnight. The next day preheat the oven to 140C/Gas 1. Place the lamb in the oven and pour in 300ml of water to the tin. Cook for four hours, basting every now and then. Meanwhile, mix together the salsa ingredients well and keep to one side. When the lamb is cooked, pull the meat away from the bone and mix in all of the spicy stock and juices in the tin. Serve with rice or flatbreads and spoon over the mango salsa.

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Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 10:25pm

Nigeria's former oil minister faces charges only at home but her name crops up in a growing number of international cases that lift the lid on the scale of alleged corruption in the country's oil sector. Since leaving office in 2015, Diezani Alison-Madueke has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds, and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States. The first female president of the global oil cartel OPEC -- who was one of Africa's most prominent politicians -- has always denied the allegations, which involve billions of dollars syphoned from oil deals and state coffers.

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In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 8:05pm

Her hands slowed by rheumatoid arthritis, 71-year-old Marietta Crowder stands in front of her paper target, steadies her gun and pulls the trigger. Crowder is perhaps not the typical patron of a gun club. A fellow retiree, Javondlynn Dunagan, came up with the idea of gun training classes geared toward women, and for the "Ladies of Steel" gun club -- after successful training, the women gather twice a month to practice their skills.

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No-show inflation poses conundrum for US Fed

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 8:04pm

After tightening monetary policy last month for the second time this year, the US central bank is expected to pause for the next few months to monitor developments. The Federal Reserve will leave the benchmark interest rate untouched when it meets Tuesday and Wednesday, partly because it has yet to begin to wind down its huge stock of bond holdings, and will not make another move on interest rates until that process is underway. In the normal course of events, as an economy recovers and hiring increases, that brings with it rising wages and inflation, which in turn prompts the central bank to hike lending rates to keep prices in check while still allowing economic growth to continue.

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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 7:44pm

Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima's No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. "There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel," a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.

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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December. Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

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Here's What We Know (So Far) About the iPhone 9

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Apple has already started making plans.

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