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Macron to urge euro zone reform on trip to Greece next month

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Athens next month to send a message to fellow euro zone leaders about the need to strengthen the currency union, at a time when Greece is emerging from years of economic crisis, French officials said.

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Exclusive: Rohingya villagers blockaded amid fresh tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine – residents

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been blockaded inside their area by their Buddhist neighbors in a western Myanmar village, residents say, as religious tensions in troubled Rakhine state spread to a more ethnically mixed part of the region.

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Barcelona cell planned big bomb attack, suspect tells court: source

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

MADRID (Reuters) – An alleged member of an Islamist group that carried out the Barcelona van attack told a Spanish court on Tuesday that the group had been planning a much bigger strike using explosives, a judicial source said.

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Trump talks tough on Pakistan’s ‘terrorist’ havens, but options scarce

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants – an approach analysts say probably won’t change Pakistan’s strategic calculations and might push it in directions Washington does not want it to go.

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No longer an also-ran, British opposition leader hits campaign trail

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

REDRUTH, England (Reuters) – British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is back on the campaign trail just weeks after losing an election, betting that Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government will soon collapse.

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U.S.-led strikes kill more than 170 Raqqa civilians, monitor, sources say

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

AMMAN (Reuters) – More than 170 civilians have been killed by U.S.-led strikes on Islamic State in Raqqa city in the past week, a spike in casualties since an offensive to oust the militants began more than two months ago, a war monitor and sources said.

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Kenyan opposition to tell court that technology enabled election fraud

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Minsk cultural hub becomes haven from authorities

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

MINSK (Reuters) – In the shadow of disused Soviet-era factories in Minsk, a street lined with eclectic bars, art galleries and yoga studios has become a haven from the vigilant eyes of the Belarussian authorities.

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    U.S. trade panel begins patent probe against Caterpillar

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday it would begin a patent infringement probe of road milling equipment by Caterpiller and several subsidiaries after a complaint by Wirtgen America, the U.S. subsidiary of a German firm.

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    Threat of price war clouds horizon for Maersk shipping business

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A.P. Moller-Maersk has been fortified by the $7.5 billion sale of its oil and gas business to France’s Total, but the company’s main sea freight business faces the threat of a new price war in a consolidating industry.

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    Oil prices rise ahead of U.S. stocks data

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Tuesday, lifted by indications that supply is gradually tightening, especially in the United States.

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    Brazil to sell Eletrobras control in boldest privatization yet

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil on Monday floated a proposal to cede control of the country’s biggest power utility, Eletrobras, in the boldest privatization yet by a government struggling to close a record budget deficit, sending Eletrobras’ shares soaring in after-market trading.

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    Hyundai will launch pickup, more SUVs to reverse U.S. sales slide

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    DETROIT/SEOUL (Reuters) – Hyundai Motor plans to launch a pickup truck in the United States as part of a broader plan to catch up with a shift away from sedans in one of the Korean automaker’s most important markets, a senior company executive told Reuters.

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    Great Wall Motor says it has not contacted Fiat Chrysler’s board

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Co Ltd has not contacted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s board nor has it signed any agreements with the Italian-American automaker, it said on Tuesday.

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    Futures higher as traders pick up beaten-down stocks

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were higher on Tuesday as investors picked up beaten-down stocks, while focus also shifts to speeches from central bankers later this week.

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    Exclusive: China’s ‘big four’ banks raise billions for Belt and Road deals – sources

    /  22.08.2017  /  Business 

    HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s largest state-owned commercial banks are raising billions to fund investment under Beijing’s “Belt and Road” drive, people close to the matter said, bolstering ambitions to revive Silk Road trade routes and internationalize the yuan.

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      Trump talks tough on Pakistan’s ‘terrorist’ havens, but options scarce

      /  22.08.2017  /  Politics 

      ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants – an approach analysts say probably won’t change Pakistan’s strategic calculations and might push it in directions Washington does not want it to go.

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      Big protests expected as Trump goes to Phoenix for rally

      /  22.08.2017  /  Politics 

      WASHINGTON(Reuters) – Large protests could greet President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he travels to Arizona for his first campaign rally since he caused an uproar with his remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia.

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      U.S. defense secretary in Iraq as troops battle for Tal Afar

      /  22.08.2017  /  Politics 

      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Iraq on Tuesday just days after the start of an offensive to oust Islamic State from the city of Tal Afar, with talks focused on backing Iraqi efforts to stabilize areas recaptured from the militant group.

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      U.S. Air Force awards contracts to Boeing, Northrop for ICBM replacement

      /  22.08.2017  /  Politics 

      (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing Co and Northrop Grumman Corp separate contracts to continue work on the replacement of the aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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      Trump to visit section of U.S.-Mexican border wall in Arizona

      /  22.08.2017  /  Politics 

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will visit a section of a U.S.-Mexican border fence in Arizona on Tuesday as he seeks congressional funding for the wall he wants built, administration officials said on Monday.

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      U.S. Secret Service says 1,100 employees face unpaid overtime

      /  22.08.2017  /  Politics 

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service will not be able to pay an estimated 1,100 employees for required overtime work after September due to government-imposed pay caps, the agency’s chief said on Monday.

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      Trump likely to announce modest troop increase for Afghanistan

      /  21.08.2017  /  Politics 

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is likely to announce a modest increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan when he lays out his strategy on Monday for the war there, America’s longest military conflict, a senior administration official said.

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      Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington

      /  21.08.2017  /  Politics 

      MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s next ambassador to Washington will be Anatoly Antonov, a former defense official who is subject to European sanctions over his role in the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin announced on Monday.

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        Barcelona suing Neymar for alleged breach of contract

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona are suing Neymar for 8.5 million euros for alleged breach of contract and demanding he return the loyalty bonus paid after he renewed his deal in October, less than a year before he signed for Paris St. Germain, the club said Tuesday.

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        McGregor must stick to what he knows, says former sparring partner

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        LONDON (Reuters) – Conor McGregor should rely on the skills that have made him a two-weight UFC champ and not try to out-box unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather when the two clash in Las Vegas on Saturday, former sparring partner Steve Collins Junior told Reuters.

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        Ferrari renews racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        MILAN (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Formula One team has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

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        Nordic skiing: Johaug doping ban extended, dashing hope of Olympic return

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug’s doping ban has been extended by five months, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday, dashing her hopes of competing in the Olympic Games next February.

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        ATP chief hails Nadal’s ‘unprecedented’ return to world number one

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal’s return to the top of the world rankings is a testament to the Spaniard’s longevity in the game and is as impressive as any of his career achievements, men’s tennis chief Chris Kermode has said.

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        McGregor win would be ‘dreadful’ for boxing, says Horn

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Jeff Horn has given Conor McGregor little chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in Saturday’s super-fight and hopes the American will “annihilate” the mixed martial arts fighter for the sake of boxing.

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        Giants’ WR Beckham suffers ankle sprain in preseason game

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        (Reuters) – New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered an ankle sprain after taking a heavy tackle in Monday’s preseason game against Cleveland, the Giants said.

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        Soccer: Rooney joins the 200 club and shows he isn’t done yet

        /  22.08.2017  /  Sports 

        MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday and gave another display which showed his career is far from over.

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          Millions of Americans await awe-inspiring total solar eclipse

          /  21.08.2017  /  Science 

          SALMON, Idaho/MURPHY, N.C. (Reuters) – Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century.

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          Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era

          /  19.08.2017  /  Science 

          HOUSTON (Reuters) – As Monday’s total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.

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          Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday’s once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

          /  19.08.2017  /  Science 

          (Reuters) – Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years.

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          Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons

          /  18.08.2017  /  Science 

          CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Next week’s solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun.

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          Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

          /  17.08.2017  /  Science 

          (Reuters) – When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.

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          Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts

          /  15.08.2017  /  Science 

          KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) – The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel – wood.

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          Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind’s remote past

          /  10.08.2017  /  Science 

          WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

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          Chinese quantum satellite sends ‘unbreakable’ code

          /  10.08.2017  /  Science 

          BEIJING (Reuters) – China has sent an “unbreakable” code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.

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            Verizon launches cheaper unlimited plan to compete with rivals

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc said on Tuesday that it was introducing a cheaper unlimited mobile data plan with some limits as it tries to lure customers away from rival wireless carriers.

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            Nestle, Unilever, Tyson and others team with IBM on blockchain

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            CHICAGO/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Nestle SA , Unilever Plc , Tyson Foods Inc and other large food and retail companies have joined IBM’s project to explore how blockchain technology can help track food supply chains and improve safety, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

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            Top Singapore taxi firm ComfortDelgro in exclusive talks with Uber

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s biggest taxi operator, ComfortDelgro Corp Ltd , entered into exclusive talks with Uber Technologies Inc for a potential tie-up, it said on Tuesday, in a move that could help Uber in its fight with dominant ride-hailing firm Grab.

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            Ford, China’s Zotye Auto plan JV to build electric vehicles

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Ford Motor is exploring setting up a joint venture with Chinese firm Anhui Zotye Automobile Co to build electric passenger vehicles in China under a new brand, tapping into a boom for such vehicles in the world’s top auto market.

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            TD Ameritrade launches Facebook chatbot

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            NEW YORK (Reuters) – TD Ameritrade has launched a “chatbot”, an automated program that can communicate with the brokerage’s customers on Facebook Inc’s messaging application, to give them information about markets and their accounts.

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            Fujitsu to sell mobile phone operations: Nikkei

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            (Reuters) – Fujitsu Ltd said on Monday it is looking to offload its mobile operations as the Japanese information technology company faces stiff competition from bigger rivals in a highly lucrative mobile phone market, the Nikkei Financial Daily reported.

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            CNN launches daily news show on Snapchat

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            (Reuters) – CNN on Monday began streaming “The Update,” a daily show on Snapchat featuring at least five news stories each episode from reporters and bureaus around the world, to attract younger viewers.

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            U.S. board to vote on likely cause of Tesla ‘Autopilot’ crash

            /  22.08.2017  /  Technology 

            WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will vote at a Sept. 12 hearing on the probable cause of a May 2016 crash that killed a man using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan, the agency said on Monday.

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              Cosby back in court with new legal team for sex assault trial

              /  22.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              (Reuters) – Bill Cosby was due back in court on Tuesday to seek a judge’s approval to have a lawyer who successfully defended the late singer Michael Jackson against child molestation charges represent the comedian at his sex assault retrial.

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              Comedian Jerry Lewis died of end-stage heart disease: coroner

              /  22.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              (Reuters) – Comedian Jerry Lewis died of end-stage heart disease when he passed away at his home at age 91 in Las Vegas on Sunday, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said on Monday.

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              Dudamel calls Venezuela orchestra tour cancellation heartbreaking

              /  21.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              (Reuters) – Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, a fierce critic of President Nicolas Maduro, said on Monday that the government-backed Venezuela National Youth Orchestra’s tour of the United States has been canceled, calling the move heart-breaking.

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              Kesha thanks fans as ‘Rainbow’ comeback debuts at top of Billboard

              /  21.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kesha scored top billing on the Billboard 200 chart with her comeback album “Rainbow,” her first studio album in five years amid a bitter legal battle over her record contract.

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              Jerry Lewis, king of low-brow comedy and charity fundraiser, dies at 91

              /  20.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of “natural causes” at the age of 91, his family said.

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              Comedian Dick Gregory, active in U.S. civil rights movement, dies at age 84

              /  20.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              (Reuters) – Comedian Dick Gregory, who took an active role in the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s, has died at age 84, his son said on social media on Saturday.

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              LA judge rejects bid by Polanski’s rape victim to have case dismissed

              /  19.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed.

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              Taylor Swift goes blank on social media, sending fans into frenzy

              /  18.08.2017  /  Entertainment 

              LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Taylor Swift, one of the most popular celebrities on social media, wiped all her accounts on Friday, sending fans into a frenzy over whether the pop singer had been hacked, was preparing to launch a new album, or was about to reinvent herself.

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                India grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine in blow to aid group

                /  22.08.2017  /  Health 

                MUMBAI (Reuters) – India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations.

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                Philip Morris International CEO cheers U.S. FDA tobacco proposal

                /  22.08.2017  /  Health 

                (Reuters) – The chief executive of Philip Morris International said he was “extremely encouraged” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent proposal to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and nudge smokers toward less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes.

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                J&J ordered to pay $417 million in trial over talc cancer risks

                /  21.08.2017  /  Health 

                (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson on Monday was ordered by a California jury to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.

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                Shire’s CFO resigns to join plant technology start-up

                /  21.08.2017  /  Health 

                LONDON (Reuters) – Pharmaceutical company Shire said its chief financial officer Jeff Poulton will stand down at the end of the year to join Indigo Ag, a Boston-based start-up that seeks to improve agricultural productivity.

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                Britain’s Creo receives speedy FDA approval for its endoscopic device

                /  21.08.2017  /  Health 

                LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Creo Medical Group said its device to remove cancerous lesions in the bowel during an endoscopy had received U.S. approval much quicker than it planned, shaking up a timetable that had been focused on a European launch.

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                AstraZeneca ups investment in messenger RNA drugs with Ethris deal

                /  21.08.2017  /  Health 

                FRANKFURT (Reuters) – AstraZeneca has stepped up its investment in messenger RNA drugs, a promising approach in genetic therapy, by spending more than 25 million euros ($29 million) on a research alliance with German biotech start-up Ethris.

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                New Novartis drug takes aim at tough-to-treat malaria

                /  21.08.2017  /  Health 

                LONDON (Reuters) – Novartis is taking aim at drug-resistant malaria – a growing global problem – by launching clinical trials of the first new antimalarial medicine for many years in nine countries across Africa and Asia.

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                Bayer, J&J win third U.S. trial over Xarelto bleeding risk

                /  19.08.2017  /  Health 

                (Reuters) – A federal jury has cleared Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson of liability in the third case to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits claiming the drugmakers’ blood thinner Xarelto led to severe internal bleeding.

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