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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
Valeant reports better-than-expected profit, raises forecast
20 Oct 2014 at 5:12am
(Reuters) - Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc , embroiled in a bitter fight to take over Botox maker Allergan Inc , posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by demand for its skin, neuro and eye drugs. The company also raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $8.22-$8.32 per share from $7.90-$8.10 per share to reflect its strong performance in the second half of the year. The company raised its fourth-quarter adjusted profit forecast to $2.45-$2.55 per share on expectations of double-digit same-store organic growth. ...
NewLink in $1 billion deal with Roche to develop cancer drug
20 Oct 2014 at 5:08am
(Reuters) - NewLink Genetics Corp said it entered into an agreement with Roche Holding AG to develop NewLink's cancer immunotherapy, making the Ebola vaccine developer eligible to receive over $1 billion in milestone payments. NewLink's shares jumped nearly 30 percent before the bell on Monday. Immunotherapies are a class of drugs designed to help the body's own immune system fend off disease. ...
Ebola summit in Cuba seeks to unify prevention strategies
20 Oct 2014 at 5:06am
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and its closest allies from Latin America and the Caribbean meet in Havana on Monday to set plans for protecting their countries from Ebola and seek ways to help West Africa. Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people since March in the worst outbreak on record, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. No cases have yet been reported in Latin America or the Caribbean but the virus has reached the United States and Spain. ...
Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus
20 Oct 2014 at 5:05am
By Camillus Eboh and Angela Ukomadu ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) - The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after six weeks with no new cases, an achievement with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus. "This is a spectacular success story," WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in the capital Abuja, where officials broke into applause when he announced that Nigeria had shaken off the disease. ...
Zambian president goes abroad for medical check-up
20 Oct 2014 at 4:34am
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Michael Sata has left for a medical check-up abroad at an undisclosed destination, his office said on Monday. The statement said Sata left last night accompanied by his wife and members of his family but gave no further details. Concern about 77-year-old Sata's health has been mounting in Africa's second largest copper producer since June, when he disappeared from the public eye for a period without explanation and was then reported to be getting medical treatment in Israel. Sata missed his scheduled speech at the U.N. ...
U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response
20 Oct 2014 at 4:17am
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government's missteps and mixed messages. ...
China's companies, billionaires must step up to fight Ebola: WFP
20 Oct 2014 at 3:38am
By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China's corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa despite vast economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme said on Monday. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst on record, has killed more than 4,000 people. China has contributed about $40 million in aid to fight the disease, including $6 million to the World Food Programme. ...
Brussels becomes latest EU airport to screen for Ebola
20 Oct 2014 at 3:16am
Brussels (AFP) - Belgium's Brussels Airport on Monday became the latest European hub to screen passengers for the deadly Ebola virus when a flight landed from Guinea via Sierra Leone, an airport spokeswoman said.
UK's Prince William and wife Kate expecting baby in April
20 Oct 2014 at 3:11am
LONDON (Reuters) - The second child of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate is due to be born in April, his office announced on Monday. William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and second-in-line to the throne, announced last month that Kate was expecting a second baby to join Prince George who was born in July last year, but no date for the birth was disclosed at the time. ...
High Intensity Interval Training commutes to the cubicle
20 Oct 2014 at 2:01am
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, which has successfully sprinted from the playing fields of professional athletes to the fitness centers of everyday exercisers, may be coming to a cubicle near you. Experts say even mini-interludes of this cardiovascular workout, which alternates short, high-intensity intervals with longer, slower ones, can help fend off the sedentary perils of time-pressed, computer-shackled men and women. ...
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20 Oct 2014 at 2:00am
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Obama keeps his schedule clear to focus on Ebola
20 Oct 2014 at 12:33am
CHICAGO (AP) ? Rarely one to leave anything to chance, President Barack Obama is playing it by ear this week as his administration's response to the Ebola scare continues to evolve.
Kenyan girls trading sex for food: One woman's battle to help
19 Oct 2014 at 11:18pm
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The alcohol lining the 12-year-old Kenyan girl's stomach did nothing to quell her hunger pangs. So when one of her mother's drunken customers, in the one-room drinking den that doubles as their home in Nairobi, offered her a boiled egg in exchange for sex, she agreed. Brittanie Richardson, a 27-year-old American campaigning against the child sex trade in Kenya, witnessed the act during a routine visit to meet the family and felt powerless to act. "The room was full of people: men, women, the mum is there, the sister. ...
Factbox: The race is on for the 'holy grail' of sweeteners
19 Oct 2014 at 10:22pm
By Chris Prentice and Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major food suppliers and trade houses have been diving into the stevia market since 2008, when U.S. regulators deemed sweeteners made from the South American plant safe for consumption. Below are some key players in this growing market. *ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND Archer Daniels Midland Co, a major player in the U.S. corn syrup market and global commodities trade, this month completed a $3-billion acquisition of Wild Flavors, looking to expand in the fast-growing "natural" markets. ...