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Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital: activist
23 May 2015 at 2:14pm
By Clement Manirabarusha and Njuwa Maina BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard were shot dead in the capital by gunmen on Saturday, a civil society activist and residents said, adding to tensions after a month of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, and his bodyguard were killed in the Ngagara district, Anshere Nikoyagize, the head of the civil society group Ligue ITEKA, told Reuters. Burundi is facing its deepest crisis since the end of an ethnically fueled civil war in 2005.
British anti-slavery chief enlists Vatican in global pact to end slavery
23 May 2015 at 8:45am
By Chris Arsenault VATICAN CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's anti-slavery commissioner received the backing of the Catholic Church on Saturday for a campaign to push for a global pact vowing to eradicate slavery in the next 15 years. Kevin Hyland, who took up the new role last year, is lobbying world leaders to support a commitment to end forced labor and slavery of all forms in a set of global development goals to be adopted at the United Nations in September. While slavery is illegal in every country on earth, an estimated 36 million people are trapped in modern slavery.
German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65
23 May 2015 at 8:08am
A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth.
Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund
23 May 2015 at 6:54am
BERLIN (AP) ? Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies.
U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures
23 May 2015 at 6:17am
By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing and commodities company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. With a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad.
Germany's Merck expects drug division to drive growth: Euro am Sonntag
23 May 2015 at 4:39am
Germany's Merck KGaA expects sales to grow by around 5 percent in its core operations over coming years, helped by its pipeline of prospective new drugs, its chief executive was quoted saying by weekly Euro am Sonntag. Merck, which makes drugs, chemicals and laboratory supplies, posted group sales of 11.3 billion euros ($12.5 billion) in 2014, up 5.5 percent from the previous year. After the $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich Corp , expected to be wrapped up around mid-year, the group aims to focus on organic or self-generated growth, CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley told the paper, adding he expects the drug pipeline to become the group's main driver.
Two killed in grenade attack in Burundi capital
23 May 2015 at 4:16am
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Two people were killed when three grenades went off in a market in the Burundi capital on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The witness said at least nine people were wounded in the evening incident.
German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets
23 May 2015 at 3:14am
BERLIN (AP) ? A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday.
Ebola-free Liberia allowed to host internationals
23 May 2015 at 1:36am
Liberia can host international soccer matches again after being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF, however, said the bans on Guinea and Sierra Leone would remain in place. Liberia was earlier this month declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), who wrote to CAF to suggest international football could safely resume.
How the Bird Flu Sweeping Through US Flocks Is Different Than Past Outbreaks
22 May 2015 at 6:17pm
An now, Minnesota has canceled its poultry shows at the state fair to protect its prize fowl. But this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, some of which have led to human infections in other parts of the globe, experts said. There are multiple strains of the virus in the H5 family affecting birds -- nearly all of them in the H5N2 strain, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Elderly Colorado man deemed incompetent in nursing home killing
22 May 2015 at 6:10pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 87-year-old Colorado man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is incompetent and will not face criminal charges for beating to death a fellow dementia patient at a nursing home, prosecutors said on Friday. Homer Castor is in an advanced stage of the degenerative disease, and should be confined to a mental hospital for the slaying of 76-year-old Gerald Propp, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Castor was arrested in February after police said he attacked Propp with his fists at the Attria Applewood assisted living center in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.
Florida Mom Jailed Over Circumcision Dispute Agrees to Procedure
22 May 2015 at 4:57pm
Heather Hironimus, 31, had been in custody since May 14 after going missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid circumcising him, according to court records. Horonimus today signed paperwork to allow the procedure, attorney Ira Marcus, who represents the boy's father, Dennis Nebus, told ABC News. Hironimus has been fighting a legal battle for more than a year with Nebus, over circumcising the child -- a disagreement that began even before the child was born, court documents show.
Presumed Dead, Man Starts Moving on the Way to Morgue
22 May 2015 at 4:51pm
The 46-year-old man's name has not been made public, but the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office report says that he hadn't been seen alive in two days when his girlfriend called police to check on him because she was unable to reach him. The fire department arrived at his apartment shortly after noon on Tuesday with the building manager and found the man "cold to the touch and in rigor," according to the report obtained by ABC News. Someone arrived from the medical examiner's office at 1 p.m. and noted that the man was found at the foot of the bed, lying on his right side.
Turning 18 and Turning to Breast Reduction Surgery
22 May 2015 at 4:10pm
Like most teenage girls, Mackenzie Langan loves to shop, but those shopping trips used to often end in tears. Mackenzie, a high school senior, is petite, standing at about 5 feet tall. ?But like I have back pain, I have shoulder pain, I have like swelling on my shoulders.
Amgen ends partnership with AstraZeneca on psoriasis drug
22 May 2015 at 3:41pm
Amgen Inc said it will terminate a collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc to develop a psoriasis drug after it observed suicidal thoughts in the subjects of a trial. Amgen said such safety concerns would likely result in a restrictive label that could limit the number of patients using the late-stage experimental drug, brodalumab. The company needs drugs like brodalumab at a time when many of its drugs face competition from cheaper copies, RBC Capital Markets analyst Michael Yee said.