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Pennsylvania firm launches Zika vaccine trial in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) A Pennsylvania drug company has launched a clinical trial of a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico, the part of the U.S. hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:48:52 -0400
Ex-Dodgers owner McCourt set for Marseille takeover
McCourt sealed the deal in a meeting with incumbent owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, who will maintain a minority shareholding, and Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gauldin, saying afterwards that there was a process under way that would lead to the takeover being completed "before the end of the year". Sources close to Louis-Dreyfus said the deal would be concluded within one to three months. "Being part of Olympique De Marseille (OM) and helping the club achieve success both on the pitch and off, would be an honour and privilege for me and my family," McCourt said.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:47:12 -0400
Gabon opposition candidate calls on President Bongo to "acknowledge his defeat"
By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping called on President Ali Bongo on Monday to "acknowledge his defeat" in Saturday's presidential election, a head-on challenge to the Bongo family's half-century rule over the oil-rich nation. After publishing numbers on Sunday that showed him comfortably in the lead based on a small percentage of votes, Ping called on Monday for Bongo to step down. "I encourage Ali Bongo to submit to the verdict of the ballot box," he told a news conference, without providing more voting figures.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:46:33 -0400
Montana plane crash kills 'Ice Road Truckers' TV show star
US meets goal of admitting 10,000 Syria refugees ahead of time
The United States said it would welcome its 10,000th Syrian refugee of this fiscal year on Monday, meeting a controversial target more than a month ahead of schedule. The United States has traditionally been by far the world's most generous host for refugees but has been criticized by activists for moving too slowly to respond to the Syrian crisis, which has dragged on for more than five years. President Barack Obama's opponents, including Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, meanwhile warn that Islamic State extremists could infiltrate the refugee ranks to gain entry to the United States.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:44:18 -0400
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Judge to hear objections to closing church shooting hearing
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) A federal judge will hear from news media organizations objecting closing a hearing in the trial of the man charged in the deaths of nine black church members in Charleston. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:41:34 -0400
Transgender inmate latest to push for hormone treatment
ST. LOUIS (AP) A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri prison system for refusing to provide hormone therapy as she transitions to a woman, adding her voice to those of prisoners in other states who argue that denying such treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:37:26 -0400
France seeks new chapter in Muslim relations
France's government sought Monday to open a new chapter in relations with the country's Muslims following a summer scarred by jihadist attacks and a ban on burkinis that ratcheted up communal tensions. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met with senior Muslim representatives and agreed that the effort to revive ties will include the creation of an Islamic foundation, funded solely with money from within France. Around 30 towns have banned the burkini from their beaches, with some mayors linking the bans to the July 14 jihadist lorry attack in Nice that killed 86 and the murder of a Catholic priest near Rouen by Islamic State sympathisers.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:33:40 -0400
Maine GOP leaders call for closed-door meeting with governor
US will meet target of 10,000 Syrian refugees today
WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says the United States on Monday will meet President Barack Obama's goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees during the current fiscal year. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:30:58 -0400
Brazil's Rousseff says democracy at stake in Senate trial
By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - A defiant President Dilma Rousseff warned Brazilians on Monday that her conservative opponents were trampling on democracy by using trumped-up charges to oust her and roll back the social advances of the past 13 years. The leftist leader, appearing before the Senate in a trial expected to remove her from office this week, said Brazil's economic elite had sought to destabilize her government since her narrow re-election to a second four-year term in 2014. Rousseff calmly denied charges of breaking budgetary rules and said the impeachment process that has paralyzed Brazilian politics for nine months was a plot to protect the interests of the privileged classes in Latin America's largest economy.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:30:33 -0400
Turkish army says its forces clear militants from more villages in Syria
Turkish-backed forces have cleared militants from 10 more villages in north Syria, Turkey's military said on Monday during a cross-border Turkish campaign that has captured a string of settlements south of the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus. The army statement added that operations were now shifting to a more western region of northern Syria, where Turkish-backed forces previously said they had taken control of a few villages. The statement did not say who the militants were. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:27:23 -0400
Turkey fires back after rockets from Syria hit Kilis border town: sources
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey responded with artillery fire after rocket and gunfire from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Kilis, some 80 km (50 miles) west of where Turkish-backed Syrian rebels launched an incursion last week, a Turkish military source said. It was not immediately clear who fired the rocket or opened fire from the Syrian side, the source said. Kilis lies across from Syrian territory controlled by Kurdish forces but also close to an area held by Islamic State militants. A second Turkish official said three rockets had hit Kilis and that four people had been wounded. ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:26:58 -0400
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