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Asthma pill ‘promising’ for people with severe symptoms

An experimental pill could help adults with severe asthma, an early study in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal suggests. In the small trial, patients who were given the drug, known as Fevipiprant, had less inflammation in their airways. And some patients with uncontrolled asthma felt their symptoms improved. Charity Asthma UK said the research showed “massive promise and should be ...

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US economy added 255,000 jobs in July

The US economy added a stronger-than-expected 255,000 jobs in July, fuelling speculation that interest rates could rise before the end of the year. The figure was below June’s upwardly revised figure of 292,000 jobs, but was far higher than analysts’ forecasts of between 175,000 and 180,000. The US unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9%. Dennis de Jong from UFX.com said ...

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Syria Aleppo siege: Rebels storm artillery base

A coalition of Syrian Islamist rebel groups has said it stormed an artillery base in the strategic city of Aleppo to try to end a government siege. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said part of the base had been taken. But the Syrian army said it had repelled the assault, inflicting heavy casualties on the ...

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Court of Arbitration for Sport rejects Russian appeal against ban of 68 athletes

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday it had rejected Russia’s appeal against the exclusion of its track and field athletes from the Rio Games starting on Aug. 5. “CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes,” CAS said in a statement. The ruling by the CAS, sport’s highest tribunal, will be taken ...

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Probe into Russian airliner crash enters final stage

Egypt’s prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek is set to travel to Moscow next week to brief Russian officials on the latest investigations into the deadly October crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai. According to an official statement by Egypt’s civil aviation ministry on Tuesday, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy stressed to Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov during a Monday ...

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Egypt’s FM Shoukry heads to Washington for anti-IS group coalition meeting

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry flew to Washington on Tuesday evening to participate in the ministerial meeting of the international anti-Islamic State group coalition hosted by the United States, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry announced. According to statements by foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid, Shoukry is set to attend the meeting held in Washington with the participation ...

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Turkey imposes 3-month state of emergency to catch coup plotters

Turkish authorities Thursday imposed a three-month state of emergency, strengthening powers to round up suspects accused of staging the failed military coup despite global alarm over a widening purge. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the state of emergency, the first in Turkey in one and a half decades, shortly before midnight after an almost five-hour meeting of his national security ...

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China eyes eight cruise ships to serve South China Sea

Up to eight Chinese ships will offer cruises to the South China Sea over the next five years, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as Beijing continues to promote tourism to the disputed waters. Sanya International Cruise Development Company, a joint venture by COSCO Shipping, China National Travel Service (HK) Group  and China Communications Construction, will buy between five and ...

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Local cinema in Batemans Bay closes after social media backlash

A local cinema has been forced to shut its doors following a barrage of social media threats prompted by an incident involving a young cancer sufferer. The Bay City Cinemas did not permit Addison Wilson-Mitchell, her brother and father to enter the movie theatre carrying a bag containing supplies including medications, one which she needed to take during the movie. The business has a strict no backpack ...

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Rise in prostate cancer raises alarm

A dramatic rise in the number of men being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in the US has raised alarm among Australian doctors. Surgeons from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand fear there could be a similar increase in Australia due to a decline in testing for protein marker PSA. A new study shows the number of men ...

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