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Taiwan deploys 50,000 troops as typhoon hits

Taiwan deployed more than 50,000 troops on Monday and evacuated thousands of people as Typhoon Nanmadol pummelled some of the island’s most densely populated areas. Soldiers moved in to help flood-threatened residents, a motorcyclist was reported killed, and in one remote area more than 300 villagers were trapped by landslides.…

World-wide cholera pandemic traced to Bangladesh

A cholera pandemic that has swept poor countries in three waves over nearly four decades has been traced to a bacterial strain that first emerged in Bangladesh, scientists reported on Wednesday. The current pandemic is the seventh since cholera, a water- and food-borne diarrhoeal disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae…

New anti-clotting drug saves lives in study

PARIS (Reuters) – An experimental anti-clotting drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer saved more lives than standard treatment warfarin in a major study, giving it an edge over rivals in an emerging multibillion-dollar market. Although Eliquis will be third to market among a wave of new oral anticoagulants, the data…

Emerging powers call for extending Kyoto Protocol

Brazil, South Africa, India and China said Saturday that November’s UN climate talks should aim to extend the Kyoto Protocol, the only binding global deal to cut greenhouse gases. The four key emerging powers — seen as critical to the success of any future effort to combat climate change —…

Greece to export solar power to Germany

Wracked by debt but blessed with abundant sunshine, Greece plans to develop some 20,000 hectares of solar power parks in a bid to export renewable energy to Germany, a report said on Saturday. Top-selling Ta Nea daily said the project, which has a tentative budget of 20 billion euros ($29…

Fire at Idaho nuclear lab mostly contained

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters on Saturday gained control of a fierce brush fire that has raged for three days on the sprawling grounds of the government’s leading nuclear research lab in the high desert of eastern Idaho. By midday, fire crews at the Idaho National Laboratory had carved containment…

Irene kills 3 in NC, shuts NYC down

MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene charged up the U.S. eastern seaboard on Saturday as a weakening but dangerous storm that shut down New York City and threatened to inflict massive blackouts and flooding. From the Carolinas to Maine, tens of millions of people were in the path…

State Department endorses oil sands pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline cleared a major obstacle on Friday with the release of U.S. State Department review that suggested it would have limited environmental impact. The report found that the Keystone XL pipeline by itself would not likely boost output of Alberta’s oil sands…

Hurricane Irene forces NYC subway shutdown, postpones MLK memorial dedication

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS: Click here to see a map of the evacuation zones (PDF) Weather waits for no man — not even if those men are President Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. As the East Coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Irene, it’s not only evacuation…

Anti-psychotic drugs found in over-the-counter UK painkiller packs

Drugs regulators have launched an investigation after packs of the painkiller Nurofen Plus were found to contain antipsychotic drugs. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a safety alert following reports that some batches of Nurofen Plus contained individual blister packs of another drug, Seroquel XL 50mg. Packs…

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