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Death toll hits 73 in Myanmar ferry disaster
21 Oct 2016 at 2:55am
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - The death toll in a Myanmar ferry sinking has reached 73, authorities said on Friday, as they wrapped up a week-long search and rescue operation for survivors and prepared to launch an inquiry into the cause of the disaster. Marine accidents are common in Myanmar, where many people rely for transport on crowded boats that are often in a state of disrepair. The ferry sank early on Saturday, about 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar's second biggest city, as it traveled between the towns of Homalin and Monywa.
Schizophrenia not a mental illness, Pakistan's top court says
21 Oct 2016 at 1:16am
By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's top court has ruled that schizophrenia does not fall within its legal definition of mental disorders, clearing the way for the execution, as soon as next week, of a mentally ill man convicted of murder. Government doctors in 2012 certified Imdad Ali, 50, as being a paranoid schizophrenic, after he was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2001 murder of a cleric.
Indian doctor accused of crimes becomes president of World Medical Association
21 Oct 2016 at 12:52am
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The World Medical Association (WMA), the top medical-ethics body, on Friday installed an Indian doctor facing corruption charges as its president, despite controversy surrounding his appointment while legal cases are pending. A statement released by the WMA said Dr. Ketan Desai delivered his inaugural speech as president on Friday at the association's annual assembly in Taiwan. Desai has faced conspiracy and corruption allegations since he was first selected in 2009 as a future president of the WMA.
Central African Republic worst country in the world for young people ? study
20 Oct 2016 at 11:41pm
By Zoe Tabary LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Little or no access to education and healthcare, poor job prospects and low participation levels in politics make the Central African Republic the worst country in the world to be a young person, an index by a group representing Commonwealth countries showed. Central African Republic has been plagued by inter-religious violence since 2013 when the mainly Muslim Seleka militia seized power, prompting reprisals from Christian anti-Balaka forces. The index released by the Commonwealth Secretariat on Friday ranked 183 nations on employment, education, health and other prospects for people aged between 15 and 29.
Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law
20 Oct 2016 at 10:37pm
The decision by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III is the latest in a string of rulings striking down similar laws elsewhere in the country against the women's health provider. Jordan's two page order noted a ruling from the 5th U.S. District Court of Appeals that rejected a similar law in Louisiana, saying "essentially every court to consider similar laws has found that they violate" federal law. Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor run jointly by the federal government and individual states.
Trump supporters tricked into buying beers at Mexico City booze-up
20 Oct 2016 at 10:31pm
By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Supporters of U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump unwittingly helped pick up the tab for a booze-up in Mexico City on Thursday, after they were duped into buying cleverly concealed anti-Trump t-shirts designed by a local brewery. Trump, who has labeled Mexicans rapists and drug runners, has caused outrage south of the border with his vow to build a border wall that Mexico will pay for - a pledge that inspired brewer Cerveza Cucapa's ingenious scheme to get Trump supporters to cough up for Mexicans' brews. "It's amazing that we can have a party paid for by Donald Trump!" said 54-year-old Leticia Villanueva, cradling her free beer at the event which had attracted a few hundred people.
Sanders tells soda tax opponents to stop using his name
20 Oct 2016 at 8:04pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to stop using his name in ads fighting proposed soda taxes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
ICRC steps up aid for Iraq amid fears of post-Mosul sectarian strife
20 Oct 2016 at 7:48pm
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - As Iraqi families begin streaming out of villages in the path of an army offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, some fear that the onslaught may stoke future sectarian strife in the volatile region, a senior Red Cross official said on Thursday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is prepared to provide aid to 800,000 people who could flee the looming battle for Mosul, including against any use of chemical weapons, said Patrick Hamilton, the ICRC's deputy director for the Near and Middle East. Islamic State militants have used banned chemical agents previously against Iraqi Kurdish forces.
Nations agree on global road map to steer breakneck urbanization
20 Oct 2016 at 4:01pm
By Paola Totaro QUITO, Ecuador (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations formally adopted a global road map to grapple with rapid urbanization on Thursday, capping nearly two years of behind-the-scenes international negotiations aimed at designing development priorities for cities and towns over the long term. The New Urban Agenda (NUA) sets out a host of general goals such as development of sustainable and compact cities that do not harm the environment and redevelopment of informal settlements with the participation of residents. "Urbanization is happening at an unprecedented pace and scale, and 3.7 billion people now live in cities.
Alkermes depression drug succeeds in key trial; shares surge
20 Oct 2016 at 3:42pm
(Reuters) - Alkermes Plc's experimental depression drug significantly reduced symptoms in patients suffering from major depressive disorder who were not helped by standard treatments in a pivotal late-stage trial, the company said on Thursday, and its shares surged 47 percent. In the 407-patient trial, the drug, ALKS 5461, significantly reduced symptoms of depression compared with a placebo, according to initial results released by the company. Based on the results of this third Phase III trial, Alkermes said it plans to speak with U.S. health regulators about the next steps toward seeking approval.
Trump says he will accept the election result - if he wins
20 Oct 2016 at 3:26pm
By Patricia Zengerle and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON/DELAWARE, Ohio (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Thursday he would accept the result of the Nov. 8 election - "if I win" - fueling Republican concerns his stance would make it harder for his party to maintain control of Congress. It ratcheted up Trump's allegations the election was being rigged against him, and became the latest flashpoint in an unusually acrimonious race three weeks before voters go to the polls. Clinton called the comment "horrifying." President Barack Obama blasted Trump on Thursday at a rally in Miami Gardens, Florida, for Clinton and U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy, who is trying to unseat Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a Trump supporter.
In U.S. battle of election T-shirts, 'Nasty Woman' rules
20 Oct 2016 at 3:19pm
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - T-shirts inspired by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's "such a nasty woman" comment on Democrat Hillary Clinton in Wednesday night's debate were flying off internet retailers' shelves, offering a possible hint on the Nov. 8 election result. Sales of pro-Clinton merchandise last week were 53.5 percent higher than for Trump, Jain said.
Obama: Health care law worked, but improvements needed
20 Oct 2016 at 2:53pm
MIAMI (AP) ? President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security of health insurance" because of the Affordable Care Act.
Exclusive: Digital media company Everyday Health explores sale - sources
20 Oct 2016 at 2:41pm
By Carl O'Donnell and Greg Roumeliotis (Reuters) - Everyday Health Inc, a U.S. operator of health-related websites, is exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible sale, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, just two years after the company's initial public offering. Everyday Health has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners to carry out a sale process that has attracted other companies and private equity firms, the sources said. Everyday Health declined to comment.
Desperate Pakistan family awaits US visa for 6-year-old girl
20 Oct 2016 at 2:12pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) ? A desperate Pakistani family anxiously awaiting a U.S. visa for their ailing little girl is running out of time: Maria is just six years old but a rare genetic disease has left her frail body wracked with pain and stunted her growth.