Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thought for the day

None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” 

― Cornel West

Food For Thought

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont progressive whose 2016 White House campaign garnered fervent grassroots support and pushed the Democratic Party sharply to the left, said on Tuesday he would again seek the party's presidential...
CARACAS - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters slammed an upcoming "Live Aid"-style concert to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Venezuela, calling the event a U.S.-backed effort to tarnish the socialist government in a video circulating on...
More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say. Historically,...
HAJJAH, Yemen - Displaced by war, starving and living under a tree, 12-year-old Fatima Qoba weighed just 10kg when she was carried into a Yemeni malnutrition clinic. "All the fat reserves in her body...
BERLIN - A movie premiering in Berlin tells the true story of a young boy from a famine-stricken village in Malawi who studies books about energy then builds a wind turbine that enables farmers to irrigate their...
GENEVA - A generation of music-lovers are damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the U.N. health agency said on Tuesday. Already 466 million people worldwide have...
SYDNEY - An elderly man suffering Parkinson's Disease and dementia was given 10 times his medication and had unexplained bruising when he died at an Australian aged care facility, his widow told an inquiry into the A$20...
LONDON - For a man who spent nearly three decades in prison, the passage of time was no doubt important to Nelson Mandela. So it is perhaps fitting that an exhibition opening in...
LONDON - West Ham United have handed evidence to the police after completing an investigation into racist abuse shouted at Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during their Premier League match at the London Stadium on Monday.
SANT CUGAT, Spain - David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition. Aguilar, 19, who studies bioengineering...
Numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise can improve cognition in seniors, but a small new study finds that vigorous workouts boost thinking skills in younger adults as well. After a six-month aerobic regimen,...
NEW YORK - CVS Pharmacy unveiled an initiative in U.S. stores on Thursday, labeling photos of models in its beauty aisles to make it clear whether the images had been digitally altered. The U.S....
Television advertising in the U.S. for candy, fast food, sugary drinks and other unhealthy treats continues to target mostly black and Hispanic youth, according to a new report that suggests this contributes to health disparities.
LONDON - Scientists have unveiled what they say is an ideal diet for the health of the planet and its populations - including a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and a halving of...
SYDNEY - A public inquiry into mistreatment of the elderly in Australia's A$20 billion ($14 billion) aged-care industry begins hearings on Friday, with investors expecting damaging testimony to be followed by tighter regulation and a possible sector...

World News

Less than 5 percent of refugees needing new homes resettled in 2018: U.N.

GENEVA - Less than five per cent of refugees in need of resettlement in Western countries found new homes last year, the...

Japan to weigh cost-effectiveness in setting drug prices

TOKYO - Japanese doctor Yasushi Goto remembers prescribing the cancer drug Opdivo to an octogenarian and wondering whether taxpayers might object to...

U.S. quarterback Kaepernick resolves grievances with NFL

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, one of the most visible players to protest during the U.S. national anthem against racial injustice,...

Airbus to scrap A380 superjumbo production

TOULOUSE, France - Europe's Airbus is scrapping production of the A380 superjumbo, with lackluster sales forcing it to abandon a dream of...

Driverless delivery startup Nuro gets $940 million SoftBank investment

Autonomous technology startup Nuro said on Monday it raised $940 million from SoftBank Group Corp, which valued the Silicon Valley-based company at...

Pfizer Japan recalls high blood pressure drug over cancer-causing impurity

TOKYO - The Japanese subsidiary of Pfizer Inc is recalling a drug for high blood pressure which was found to contain...

Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camps, says refugees’ plight ‘shames us all’

COX'S BAZAR - U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday visited camps in Bangladesh for Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar...

Senator Sanders asks why drug, once free, now costs $375k

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals <CPRX.O> on Monday asking it to justify its decision to...

Apple bans Facebook from tech tools for tracking teen browsing habits

Apple Inc <AAPL.O> said on Wednesday it had banned Facebook Inc <FB.O> from a program designed to let businesses control iPhones used...

Gap between rich and poor growing, fuelling global anger – Oxfam

NAIROBI - Tax systems that put a high burden on the poor mean public services are underfunded, stretching the gap between rich...

Study links opioid epidemic to painkiller marketing

Researchers are reporting a link between doctor-targeted marketing of opioid products and the increase in U.S. deaths from overdoses.

Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

LONDON - A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from...

French foie gras makers fed up by toughened California ban

MONTAUT, France - French producers of foie gras, the rich liver delicacy made from force-feeding grain to ducks or geese, have denounced...

Invest in health for global security and growth, Gates urges donors

LONDON - Donating billions of dollars to global funds that fight poverty and disease is one of the...

China turns to driverless tractors

Xinghua, China - A brand new combine harvester buzzes up and down a field in eastern China without a driver on board,...

Spike Lee joins The Killers for protest video over Trump’s planned wall

LONDON - Rockers The Killers have teamed up with film director Spike Lee to make the music video for their latest song,...

Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters reporters

YANGON - A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges...

UK calls on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to take personal interest in case of jailed Reuters reporters

LONDON - Britain on Friday called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to look at whether due process was followed in...

Hong Kong’s rural hinterland could hold key to chronic land crunch

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's government says it needs to build billions of dollars' worth of artificial islands to give the...

WHO study likens palm oil lobbying to tobacco and alcohol industries

GENEVA - The palm oil industry is deploying tactics similar to those of the alcohol and tobacco industries to influence research into...

China reveals plans for carrier relocation to Beijing’s new airport

BEIJING - China's aviation regulator published on Thursday plans for airline relocation to Beijing's new mega-airport set to open this year and...

Bill Gates’ nuclear venture hits snag amid U.S. restrictions on China

NEW YORK - TerraPower LLC, a nuclear energy venture chaired by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, is seeking a new partner for...

Multigenerational 50th-anniversary Woodstock event set for 2019

Fifty years after the Woodstock music festival became one of the watersheds of hippie counterculture, an anniversary event will take place in...

U.S. expands medical checks after Guatemala boy dies; mother ‘in despair’

NENTON, Guatemala/WASHINGTON - Migrant children will receive more thorough medical checks after an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died in U.S. custody this week,...

Indonesian rescuers use drones as tsunami death toll tops 400

LABUAN, Indonesia - Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday used drones and sniffer dogs to search for survivors along the devastated west coast of...

Guatemalan girl’s Christmas funeral too much for grieving mother

SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala - A crowd of mourners said goodbye to the 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody...

Caravans – the new face of migration, with no end in sight

A 5-year-old boy by the roadside with his mother as thousands of fellow migrants trudge past. A woman grips her two young daughters as...

‘Vice’ movie explores U.S. Vice President Cheney’s ‘shadowy’ rise to power

LOS ANGELES - Shortly after the release of his 2015 Wall Street drama "The Big Short," writer and director Adam McKay was home sick...

Paul McCartney, Emma Stone join on anti-bullying music video

LONDON  - Former Beatle Paul McCartney has teamed up with Oscar winner Emma Stone on the music video for his new single "Who Cares",...

U.N. formally approves global migration pact opposed by U.S., others

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations General Assembly formally approved a deal on Wednesday aimed at boosting global cooperation to tackle rising migration, but...

Health

Environment

Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change

KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica - In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern...

As ice melts, Greenland could become big sand exporter: study

OSLO - Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast...

Young Egyptians trudge through mud to clean up Nile

CAIRO - Hundreds of young Egyptians, including actress Mai El Gheity, trudged through the mud on the banks of the River Nile...

Explainer: What is the polar vortex and why is it so...

Meteorologists have blamed a phenomenon called the polar vortex for the bitter cold that has descended on much of the central and...

Seeking thrifty ways to cut pollution, Rotterdam links up with hybrid...

ROTTERDAM - As Daan Hosli's hybrid BMW glides into downtown Rotterdam, it passes a virtual boundary into the city's "electric-only zone"...

In Papua New Guinea, Exxon’s giant LNG project fuels frustration

PORT MORESBY - From her red-roofed home near Papua New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby, Isabelle Dikana Iveiri overlooks a giant plant...

It’s the final straw for plastics, says Nestle

ZURICH - Nestle <NESN.S> next month will start to drop plastic straws from its products and is working on biodegradable water bottles...

Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s main energy source

FRANKFURT - Renewables overtook coal as Germany's main source of energy for the first time last year, accounting for just over...

EU agrees to ban throw-away plastics to limit ocean pollution

BRUSSELS  - Throw-away plastic items such as straws and polystyrene cups will be banned in the European Union by 2021, EU officials agreed on...

EU agrees to cut emissions from cars by 37.5 percent by...

BRUSSELS  - The European Union agreed on Monday a compromise over how sharply to curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans, finally settling...

California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators

SAN FRANCISCO - California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by...

Mexico loses 10-year WTO battle over U.S. tuna labelling

GENEVA - The United States won a legal battle over "dolphin safe" tuna-labelling on Friday, when the World Trade Organization's appeals judges dismissed Mexico's...

Maldives tells U.N. climate talks – “We are not prepared to...

KATOWICE, Poland - The Maldives will do all in its power to keep "our heads above water", the head of its delegation at U.N....

Emissions in, bubbles out: UK plans world’s first carbon-neutral industry hub

LONDON - Britain plans by 2040 to develop the world's first net-zero carbon industrial centre by teaming up emitters with industries that can reuse...

More Americans view climate change as ‘imminent’ threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

NEW YORK  - A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an imminent threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds...

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