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At least one killed in a Cairo blast, no claim of responsibility
28 Oct 2016 at 8:01am
An explosive device detonated along a main road in Cairo on Friday as security forces passed by, killing at least one civilian passerby and injuring another, the interior ministry said on Facebook. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State's branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. There have also been attacks in Cairo and other cities.
Women unclear about breast density, breast cancer risks
28 Oct 2016 at 7:59am
By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) ? Women are becoming more aware of the term ?breast density,? but they aren?t as familiar with its relation to breast cancer risk or mammograms, according to a small U.S. study. In particular, African American and Ashkenazi Jewish women, who may be at a higher risk for breast cancer, seemed to be less knowledgeable about breast density, researchers found. ?There?s a national movement to increase women?s awareness of breast density and help them make better healthcare decisions,? said Jennifer Harvey, study author and co-director of the University of Virginia Breast Care Program in Charlottesville, Virginia.
VW says 1.23 million diesel cars have been refitted with software update
28 Oct 2016 at 7:51am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said it has refitted 1.23 million diesel cars with a software update on pollution control systems as it pushes steps to overcome its emissions scandal.
Lack of choice in health insurance markets a growing problem
28 Oct 2016 at 7:45am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.
Volkswagen HR chief says expects five-digit number of job cuts: FAZ
28 Oct 2016 at 7:00am
Volkswagen expects the shift to electric cars to cost a five-digit number of jobs in coming years, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing the carmaker's human resources chief. Karlheinz Blessing, who sits on VW group's nine-member top management board, said the carmaker will need to cut the number of jobs in production as assembly of electric engines requires fewer workers than making combustion engines, the newspaper said, citing an interview to be published in Saturday's edition. VW's works council, currently in talks with VW's brand management over a turnaround plan for the core VW brand, expects up to 25,000 staff to be cut over the next decade as older workers retire.
South Africa reports first Tomato Leaf Miner outbreak
28 Oct 2016 at 6:56am
South Africa has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest originally from South America which can ruin tomato and potato crops, the department of agriculture said on Friday. The highly destructive insect feeds on leaves, stems and fruits of plants and can cause widespread crop infection. "This pest is disastrous particularly for tomato production and food security in general," the agriculture department said in a statement.
Myanmar detects first Zika infection
28 Oct 2016 at 4:47am
Myanmar's government said Friday that a pregnant foreign woman has been diagnosed with the country's first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects. The World Health Organization warned earlier this month that Zika was likely to spread throughout Asia after being detected in 70 countries, including at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region. While the virus has been present in Southeast Asia for years, there has been an uptick in the number of recorded cases in recent months.
Yemen's suspected cholera cases soar to 1,410 within weeks: WHO
28 Oct 2016 at 4:29am
The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has ballooned to 1,410 within three weeks of the outbreak being declared, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as 18 months of war has destroyed most health facilities and clean water supplies. Yemen's Health Ministry announced the outbreak on Oct. 6 in Sanaa city, and by Oct. 10 the WHO said there were 24 suspected cases. The following day, a WHO official in Yemen said there was "no spread of the disease".
EU fears VW diesel fixes could damage engines: Spiegel
28 Oct 2016 at 4:21am
The European Commission fears steps taken by Volkswagen to refit polluting diesel cars may damage the vehicles' engines, the Spiegel magazine reported, citing unidentified staff at the European Union's executive branch. Software updates carried out by Volkswagen (VW) could inflict greater stress on engine components, Spiegel cited a member of staff at the Brussels-based Commission as saying. Commission officials are basing their concerns on feedback from experts at the "Vela" emissions laboratory in northern Italy, the weekly magazine said, without providing more detail.
Yangon women 'should avoid pregnancy' in next six months due to Zika
28 Oct 2016 at 3:45am
By Shwe Yee Saw Myint and Aung Hla Tun NAYPYITAW/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar said on Friday it will advise women in Yangon to avoid getting pregnant in the next six months to protect them from the Zika virus after the first case was confirmed in Myanmar's largest city. Zika infections in pregnant women have been shown to cause microcephaly - a severe birth defect in which the head and brain are undersized - as well as other brain abnormalities. The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light in Brazil, which has confirmed more than 1,900 cases of microcephaly.
Myanmar investigators dismiss missing plane reports, end search
28 Oct 2016 at 1:50am
Myanmar has halted an investigation into unconfirmed reports of an aircraft crashing into the sea off the country's west coast on Friday, a senior official with the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said. Staff from CAD's office on Manaung Island off the coast of northwestern Rakhine state had been sent to the area where the plane was reported to have gone missing, but could not find any evidence of any crash taking place, CAD official Tin Maung Ni told Reuters. The department had not received any reports of missing aircraft from airlines operating in Myanmar airspace.
Federal judge blocks two abortion laws in Alabama
28 Oct 2016 at 1:07am
Judge Myron Thompson in the District Court for the Middle District of Alabama issued a preliminary injunction, ruling that the laws are likely to be found unconstitutional, according to online court records. Thompson wrote the law would likely force the closing of clinics in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, where the majority of abortions in the state are performed, causing an undo burden for women seeking an abortion and other services. Thompson wrote that Alabama's law restricting an abortion method commonly performed in the second trimester of a pregnancy, known as dilation and evacuation, also places an undue burden on women.
Australian theme park where four people died to stay closed: CEO
28 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Australia's Ardent Leisure Group said on Friday its Dreamworld theme park will remain closed following the death of four people on a water ride, scrapping its initial plan to reopen this week. Two men and two women were killed on Tuesday after getting trapped under an upturned raft on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld, near the tourist-magnet Gold Coast district in northeastern Queensland. Dreamworld had planned to reopen on Friday, but abandoned the plan after a public backlash.
Rebel shelling kills children at school in west Aleppo: government, monitor
27 Oct 2016 at 11:46pm
Shelling by Syrian rebels killed several children at a school in government-held western Aleppo on Thursday, state media and a monitoring group said, just a day after air strikes on a school in a rebel-held village in Idlib, 50km (32 miles) away. The shells hit two neighborhoods, Syrian state news agency SANA reported: the national school in the Shahaba area, killing three children and wounding more than a dozen others, and the other attack killed three people in Hamdaniya. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the five-year-old war, said six children under the age of 16 had been killed in the two attacks, including a baby.
Exclusive: EpiPen price hikes add millions to Pentagon costs
27 Oct 2016 at 10:27pm
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mylan NV's price hikes on EpiPens have added millions to U.S. Department of Defense spending since 2008 as the agency covered more prescriptions for the lifesaving allergy shot at near retail prices, government data provided to Reuters shows. Pentagon spending rose to $57 million over the past year from $9 million in 2008 - an increase driven both by volume and by price hikes that had a bigger bite on prescriptions filled at retail pharmacies, according to the previously unreported data. The Pentagon gets a government discount on EpiPens dispensed at military treatment facilities and by mail order.