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Israel to take polio vaccination campaign nationwide

Israel is to vaccinate all children against polio, after “thousands” of people in the south of the country were found to be carriers, Health Minister Yael German said on Saturday. German said 98 percent of Israelis were already vaccinated but could pass the virus onto the remainder. “We discovered that…

Colorado flood and mudslide leave 1 dead and 3 missing

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – One man was killed and three people were missing in Colorado after floodwaters and a mudslide triggered by torrential rains roared down mountainsides stripped of vegetation by a wildfire, authorities said on Saturday. The body of an unidentified man was found early Saturday on…

Ukraine’s ‘Iron Lady ‘ vows freak discus accident won’t derail her at World Championships

Ukrainian medal hope Natalia Semenova, the self-styled “Iron Lady”, suffered a freak accident while warming up for the women’s discus throw at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday. The European bronze medallist suffered brain concussion and a broken nose when hit by another athlete during the qualification at the Luzhniki…

China and India’s ‘water grabs’ endangering ecology in the Himalayas

More than 400 hydroelectric schemes are planned in the mountain region, which could be a disaster for the environment The future of the world’s most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia. New academic…

Parisians take a month to poke fun at their grumpy reputation

A loving couple queues in front of a Parisian cafe. “For the brunch, I’ve got one table at 6pm”, a waiter tells them. That scene is depicted in one of 48 posters put up across the French capital in an outdoor exhibition that casts a tender and amused eye on…

Obama promises veterans speedier disability claim help

By Jeff Mason ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama promised faster attention to a backlog of veterans’ disability claims and announced a new mental health initiative on Saturday during a stop in Florida before beginning a week-long vacation. Traveling to Orlando with his wife, Michelle, Obama addressed a gathering…

U.S. fast-food worker protests growing over ‘starvation’ wages

by Edward Helmore, The Observer McDonald’s in New York’s Times Square, in midsummer. The fast food store heaves with native New Yorkers and tourists, including a table of Filipino nuns and a troupe of burlesque actors. The staff, remarkably unstressed, offer only accommodating smiles. But behind the scenes the atmosphere…

Xenophobic Australian quits election race after Islam gaffe

A candidate for Australia’s anti-immigration One Nation party dropped out of the election race Saturday after a blundering interview in which she referred to Islam as a country. Stephanie Banister, 27, had been campaigning for just 48 hours when she gave the interview to the Seven Network which quickly went…

The real Elysium: Send your dead loved one into space for $2K

If you want to go to space, you can go to school, study hard, get good grades, work for a few years, then wheedle your way into NASA and apply to be an astronaut. Or you can be a celebrity or a millionaire and sign…  …

Two confirmed dead, others missing in Connecticut after plane crashes into houses

Two people were confirmed dead and others feared missing after a twin-engine light aircraft crashed into two houses in the US state of Connecticut. The Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B crashed on approach into Tweed New Haven Airport before noon (1600 GMT), the Federal Aviation Administration said. It was on…

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