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Why an American went to Cuba for cancer care

April 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on Why an American went to Cuba for cancer care 

CancernwebBBC – Cuba has faced more than 50 years of US sanctions. Now, for the first time, a unique drug developed on the communist island is being tested in New York state. But some American cancer patients are already taking it – by defying the embargo and flying to Havana for treatment. Judy Ingels and her family are in Cuba for just six days. They have time to go sightseeing and try out the local cuisine. Judy, a keen photographer, enjoys capturing the colonial architecture of Old Havana. And while she is in the country, Ingels, 74, will have her first injections of Cimavax, a drug shown in Cuban trials to extend the lives of lung cancer patients by months, and sometimes years.

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Philanthropist Bill Gates Sounds Warning on Cuts to Development Aid

April 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Philanthropist Bill Gates Sounds Warning on Cuts to Development Aid 

The founder of Microsoft, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, has given a passionate defense of foreign aid while voicing fears the political climate in the U.S. and in Britain could result in cuts to aid budgets. In a speech this week in London, he warned that withdrawing aid would “create a leadership vacuum that others will fill.” Gates, who gives $5 billion a year to development aid through the foundation he set up with his wife, Melinda, is one of the world’s most generous philanthropists. In a speech at London’s Royal United Services Institute this week, he voiced fears that the political tide is turning against foreign aid.

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Former President Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran Elections

April 21, 2017 by · Comments Off on Former President Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran Elections 

AhmadiNejadwebVOA – Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month’s presidential election. The Guardian Council, a clerical body tasked with vetting the candidates, on Thursday did approve the candidacy of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani, a relative moderate, will face off against a field that includes two prominent hard-liners: Ebrahim Raisi, who is considered close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf. Other presidential candidates who made the cut, according to an Interior Ministry statement carried by state TV, include moderate Senior Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, former conservative Culture Minister Mostafa Mirsalim, and former pro-reform Vice President Mostafa Hashemitaba.

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US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions

April 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions 

IranwebThe US secretary of state has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to take the world along with it,” Rex Tillerson said. The US has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal, although it admits Iran is complying with its commitments. Iran’s foreign minister dismissed Mr Tillerson’s criticism as “worn out”. The country has repeatedly denied accusations by the West that it was ever trying to develop nuclear weapons. North Korea said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of “all-out war” if the US takes military action.

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US Psychologist Goes beyond Headlines, Tells Refugees’ Stories

April 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Psychologist Goes beyond Headlines, Tells Refugees’ Stories 

pyschologywebVOA – After nine attempts to sneak across the border between Syria and Turkey, with an indescribable amount of fear and painful near-death experiences, 31-year-old Mustafa Hamed finally found a home in Germany, where he is working hard to piece together his life. “The most important thing is you are lost here. So you have to find a new job, new friends — you have to find a new life,” Hamed said. “So this is a new start for me.”

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With Trump Pick Aboard, Top US Court Tackles Religious Rights

April 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on With Trump Pick Aboard, Top US Court Tackles Religious Rights 

The U.S. Supreme Court is set this week to hear a closely watched case testing the limits of religious rights, and new Justice Neil Gorsuch’s judicial record indicates he could tip the court toward siding with a church challenging Missouri’s ban on state funding of religious entities. Trinity Lutheran Church, which is located in Columbia, Missouri and runs a preschool and daycare center, said Missouri unlawfully excluded it from a grant program providing state funds to nonprofit groups to buy rubber playground surfaces. Missouri’s constitution prohibits “any church, sect or denomination of religion” from receiving state taxpayer money.

Hackers Release Files Indicating NSA Monitored Global Bank Transfers

April 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Hackers Release Files Indicating NSA Monitored Global Bank Transfers 

naswebVOA – Hackers released documents and files Friday that cybersecurity experts said indicated the U.S. National Security Agency had accessed the SWIFT interbank messaging system, allowing it to monitor money flows among some Middle Eastern and Latin American banks. The release included computer code that could be adapted by criminals to break into SWIFT servers and monitor messaging activity, said Shane Shook, a cyber security consultant who has helped banks investigate breaches of their SWIFT systems. The documents and files were released by a group calling themselves The Shadow Brokers. Some of the records bear NSA seals, but Reuters could not confirm their authenticity. The NSA could not immediately be reached for comment.

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US Doctor Arrested in Michigan on FGM Charges

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In Surprise Move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Run for President

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Big Asteroid Is Heading Close to Earth

April 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on Big Asteroid Is Heading Close to Earth 

earthwebVOA – A relatively large asteroid will cross Earth’s orbit around the sun this month. Astrophysicists and astronomers say there is no chance of a collision, but it will be the closest flyby of an asteroid that large for at least another 10 years. Asteroid 2014 JO25, discovered three years ago, is about 650 meters (2,100 feet) in diameter, 60 times as large as the small asteroid that plunged into our atmosphere as a meteor and exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013. That blast was felt thousands of kilometers away and caused havoc on the ground, damaging more than 7,000 homes and offices and injuring 1,500 people.

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