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Islamic State rockets hit Turkish town, wounding one person
4 May 2016 at 10:46pm
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two rockets fired from Islamic State-held territory in Syria hit a Turkish border town on Thursday, slightly wounding one person, a local mayor said. The town of Kilis, which stands at the border in southern Turkey, has been repeatedly targeted by Islamic State rockets which have killed 19 people since the start of the year. NATO member Turkey has routinely returned fire, destroying Islamic State gun positions and killing 370 militants, the state-run Anadolu Agency said this week. (Reporting by Akin Aytekin; Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Daren Butler)
Don't let screech of bombs shatter laws of war: Red Cross lawyer
4 May 2016 at 10:04pm
By Tom Esslemont LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bloodthirsty warlords, barrel bombs and sexual violence are such a regular feature of today's conflicts that you might think the laws of war have been pounded into irrelevance. "We hear a lot of doom and gloom - that this is the worst it has ever been," said Helen Durham, head of international law and policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The basic principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) stem from four Geneva Conventions, the first drawn up in the 19th century.
Golf-Leishman pulls out of Rio in another blow to Australia
4 May 2016 at 8:26pm
Marc Leishman will not compete at the Rio Olympics golf tournament in another blow to Australia's medal hopes following Adam Scott's decision to skip the Games. Leishman, who would have represented Australia along with world number one Jason Day, withdrew citing the mosquito-borne Zika virus and health concerns for his wife. The 32-year-old's wife Audrey suffered toxic shock syndrome, a potentially fatal illness caused by bacterial infection, last year and she was still recovering, Leishman said.
Panama confirms four microcephaly cases tied to Zika
4 May 2016 at 8:13pm
Four babies born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus have been confirmed in Panama, the health ministry said on Wednesday, out of 264 total cases of the mosquito-borne infection in the country. Public health officials have been concerned about the possibility of a surge in the rare birth defect, seen in worrisome numbers in Brazil, as the virus spreads rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fourteen pregnant women have contracted the virus, and six babies who were infected with Zika were born with malformations, including the microcephaly cases, the health ministry said.
Guinea seeks rebound from Ebola with double-digit growth by 2020
4 May 2016 at 6:27pm
Guinea is targeting double-digit GDP growth by 2020 as it seeks to rebound after the Ebola virus slowed investment and hurt the mining sector, Prime Minister Mamady Youla said on Wednesday. The country was one of three West African states at the center of the outbreak, with more than 2,500 people in Guinea dying of Ebola in 2014 and 2015. Guinea was declared Ebola free in December but at least five people have since died of the disease.
California raises age to purchase tobacco to 21
4 May 2016 at 6:18pm
California will raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 from 18 under a bill signed on Wednesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, part of a package of anti-smoking measures that also regulates electronic cigarettes. Under five bills signed into law on Wednesday, California will ban the sale of vaping products or tobacco to anyone under the age of 21, imposing a fine of up to $5,000 against companies that violate the law. ?It is long past due for California to update our approach to tobacco," said Steven Larson, president of the California Medical Association.
Arsenic in New England well water tied to bladder cancer risk
4 May 2016 at 6:17pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Low to moderate levels of arsenic in New England well water may be responsible for an increased risk of bladder cancer in that region, suggests a new study. "It?s an important disease to be concerned about," said senior author Debra Silverman, of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. "If people are drinking from these wells, I think it?s important for people to get their water tested." Silverman and her colleagues wrote online May 2 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that bladder cancer death rates have been elevated in New England compared to the rest of the country for the last five decades.
Pot legalization supporters launch California ballot campaign
4 May 2016 at 5:04pm
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Supporters of a drive to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in California said on Wednesday they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot, formally launching their campaign to win over voters. Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, leading a coalition of supporters that includes billionaire high-tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, said the campaign had gathered some 600,000 petition signatures, well above the 365,880 minimum required. The signatures must still be officially certified by state election officials, but "you can rest assured this will be on the November ballot," Newsom told a San Francisco news conference to kick off efforts to build voter support for the initiative.
Bacteria blocks mosquitoes from transmitting Zika: Brazilian study
4 May 2016 at 4:23pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Infecting mosquitoes with a strain of bacteria known as Wolbachia significantly reduced their ability to transmit the Zika virus, Brazilian researchers said on Wednesday, raising hope for this biological method of blocking transmission of the deadly virus. The bacteria has been released in several countries including Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam as part of strategies to control dengue, and the new finding shows the method also works with Zika, a close relative of dengue. The connection between Zika and microcephaly came to light last fall in Brazil, which has now confirmed more than 1,100 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.
Brazil says almost 1,300 hit by Zika-linked microcephaly
4 May 2016 at 3:57pm
Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's outbreak of Zika -- which has been linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns in 1,271 cases since October -- has also killed 57 of those babies, authorities said Wednesday. The Health Ministry said in that as of April 30, 3,580 suspected cases had been reported and that another 2,492 were ruled out as false alarms. Brazil, the epicenter of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak, hosts the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to 21.
Obama sips Flint water, urges children be tested for lead
4 May 2016 at 3:53pm
By Timothy Gardner FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured angry residents that their children would be fine in the long term despite the "complete screw-up" that contaminated their drinking water with lead. Obama made the trip to the mostly African-American community to demonstrate that the water there was safe even as he predicted it would take more than two years to replace the city's aging pipes. Flint, with a population of about 100,000, was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its water source from Detroit's municipal system to the Flint River to save money.
How to Find a Comfortable Seat for Meditation
4 May 2016 at 3:33pm
By: Jai SugrimBodily discomfort is a common distraction during meditation. Learn the basic tenets of a meditative seat, and take your practice to the next level.One of the most basic purposes of the yoga practice is to help prepare the body for meditation. When the body is at ease, and all the kinks are worked out, sitting for an extended...
Families sue Illinois school district over transgender bathroom case
4 May 2016 at 3:27pm
Dozens of families on Wednesday sued two federal agencies and a suburban Chicago school district over a policy they said disregards student privacy and safety by allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Fifty-one families in the Palatine, Illinois, area sued the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Justice Department and Township High School District 211 for agreeing last December to provide a changing area in the girls' locker room for transgender students.
Aging Thailand takes toll on indebted households
4 May 2016 at 3:15pm
By Pairat Temphairojana BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai civil servant Supapan Pullbangyung spends just under half of her salary on caring for her 75-year-old father, who suffers from diabetes and dementia. Thailand's working-age population is expected to shrink by 11 percent by 2040.
Prince died on eve of planned meeting with addiction doctor
4 May 2016 at 3:08pm
Music legend Prince died one day before he was scheduled to meet a doctor who specializes in addiction treatment for a "life-saving mission," the doctor's lawyer said at a news conference on Wednesday. California doctor Howard Kornfeld was first contacted by Prince representatives on April 20, one day before the singer's body was discovered at his home, attorney William Mauzy told reporters. "Dr. Kornfeld felt that his mission was a life-saving mission," Mauzy said.