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U.S. FDA approves weight-loss drug Qsymia for use by obese people

US regulators approved the second new anti-obesity drug in 13 years, Qsymia, for use with exercise and a good diet in people who are obese or overweight with certain medical problems. Some analysts have touted Qsymia as the next “blockbuster”, akin to the best-selling cholesterol drug Lipitor, with the US…

Chinese newspaper shakeups raise fears of media crackdown

Abrupt reshuffles at two outspoken Chinese newspapers have raised fears of growing pressure on the media in the run-up to Beijing’s once-a-decade change of leadership this autumn. Lu Fumin, the editor-in-chief of Guangzhou’s New Express, has been moved sideways to its parent paper and national and international news coverage has…

Mexico admits to 67 journalist murders since 2006

Mexico’s special prosecutor for crimes against journalists says 67 journalists have been killed and 14 have disappeared in the country since 2006. But Laura Angelina Borbolla, while testifying at a congressional hearing, said she was aware of only one case involving the murder of a journalist that resulted in someone…

Expert: Even without a cure the end of AIDS epidemic is in sight

Three decades into the AIDS pandemic an end to new infections is in sight, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “We don’t even know if a cure is possible. What we know is it is possible that we can end this…

Nelson Mandela gets birthday wishes from South Africa’s schoolchildren

South Africa’s schoolchildren sang happy birthday to Nelson Mandela as he turned 94 on Wednesday, a day when he asks the world to honour his legacy by performing community service. The nation’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special birthday song, ringing with the line: “We love you…

India suspends doctors over banned fetal ‘sex tests’

Twelve Indian doctors have been suspended for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has widened India’s gender gap, officials said Tuesday. The physicians were suspended on Monday from practicing medicine following a court order, said Archana Johri, an official of…

Syrian defense minister killed in suicide bombing

Syria’s defense minister General Daoud Rajha was killed on Wednesday in a suicide bombing targeting the National Security headquarters in central Damascus, state television reported. Security officials told AFP that several other participants attending a high-level meeting were wounded in the blast and taken to Al-Shami hospital in the capital…

Goldman Sachs developing in-house private bank

Goldman Sachs said Tuesday it is developing its private bank for wealthy clients, particularly in fast-growing countries and in Europe, where it hopes to pick up the slack from struggling local banks. “We’ve been in the wealth business for a long time,” said David Viniar, Goldman’s chief financial officer, said…

Interpol unveils fake goods scanning app with Google

Global policing body Interpol announced a pioneering initiative to crack down on trade in fake goods, using an app developed with the help of search giant Google. The Interpol Global Register (IGR), announced at a Google conference outside Los Angeles, aims to track illicit goods by verifying products through security…

Catholic youth crusade against Madonna in Poland

Singer Madonna is courting controversy again ahead of an August 1 gig in Warsaw, having already been threatened with legal action in France for projecting a swastika on an image of far-right party leader Marine Le Pen. A group of young Catholics has launched an online petition to have the…

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