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Chemo for cancer patients with Covid 'not a risk'

Chemo for cancer patients with Covid 'not a risk'

Continuing chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatment in cancer patients with Covid-19 is not a risk to their survival, a study suggests.It also recommends further research into the drug hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to benefit some patients.The findings, from 890 infected cancer patients in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany, could help identify who is most at risk from coronavirus.Breast cancer patients had half the death rate of other patients.The Imperial College London researchers who led the study - involving 19 different hospitals across Europe, including Hammersmith Hospital in...

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US imposes sanctions on Hong Kong chief executive

US imposes sanctions on Hong Kong chief executive

The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, and 10 other top officials from Hong Kong and mainland China.The sanctions were used to target those undermining Hong Kong's autonomy, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin."The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong," Mr Mnuchin added.The move comes weeks after China imposed a controversial national security law on Hong Kong, which critics say threatened its freedoms.US-China tensions continue to escalate - only a few hours ago, the .Among those sanctioned are Hong Kong's police commissioner and...

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In pictures: Chaos and destruction in Beirut

In pictures: Chaos and destruction in Beirut

Lebanon's capital, Beirut, is mourning the victims of Tuesday's huge blast, which killed more than 100, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction in the city. There blast was felt hundreds of kilometres away in Cyprus.Officials blame the explosion on several thousand tonnes of ammonium nitrate, stored in a warehouse for six years.Several port officials have been placed under house arrest. All photos subject to copyright.

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England's contact-tracing app is close to launch

England's contact-tracing app is close to launch

A second attempt at a Covid-19 contact-tracing app for England will soon be tested by members of the public.Officials hope to confirm the date for the limited roll-out within a few days. It could be as soon as next week.The app will let people scan barcode-like QR codes to log venue visits, as well as implementing Apple and Google's method of detecting other smartphones.But efforts are still ongoing to deliver medical test results within the product.Users will get alerts if others they have recently been close to declare that they have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.The software will...

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Parasite 'resistant to malaria drug' in Africa

Parasite 'resistant to malaria drug' in Africa

A drug-resistant strain of the parasite that causes malaria has been identified by scientists in Rwanda.The study, , found the parasites were able to resist treatment by artemisinin - a frontline drug in the fight against the disease.This is the first time scientists have observed the resistance to the drug artemisinin in Africa. The researchers warns that this "would pose a major public health threat" in the continent.Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program in Rwanda (Rwanda Biomedical Center), the World Health Organization (WHO),...

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Two-thirds shielding happy to return to work

Two-thirds shielding happy to return to work

Two-thirds of people who have been shielding from the coronavirus in England say they are comfortable going back to work if protective measures are in place, figures suggest.But one in 20 say they won't be returning anytime soon.More than 2.2 million people in the UK have been staying at home with no visitors, because of a high risk of serious illness from Covid-19.From 1 August, .This is because infection levels in the community are falling, so the risk to clinically extremely vulnerable people is much lower than before.Shielding has now been paused everywhere in the UK, except Wales -...

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US slaps levy on some Canadian aluminium

US slaps levy on some Canadian aluminium

US President Donald Trump has reimposed a 10% tariff on some Canadian aluminium products, saying it was done to protect US industry. Canada and the US reached a deal last year to lift tariffs on steel and aluminium imports that had been imposed on grounds of "national security".The US had imposed a 25% tax on steel and 10% on aluminium on Canada in 2018.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said he believes a new levy would have "no justification". Speaking in Ohio on Thursday, Mr Trump said the tariffs were necessary to defend the US aluminium industry because Canadian producers had...

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Belgium and Bahamas arrivals in UK must quarantine

Belgium and Bahamas arrivals in UK must quarantine

People arriving into the UK from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will have to quarantine for 14 days.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the changes start at 04:00 BST on Saturday except in Wales, where they start midnight Thursday.The countries are the latest to have a change in rules, after quarantines were reimposed for Spain and Luxembourg.The Foreign Office is also warning against "all but essential travel" to the three countries.But travellers from Brunei and Malaysia arriving in England and Wales will no longer need to self-isolate, after a decrease in confirmed coronavirus...

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Schools 'should be first to open, last to close'

Schools 'should be first to open, last to close'

Schools should be the last places to shut in future lockdowns, after non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants, England's children's commissioner says.Anne Longfield says children have a right to education and, must not be an "afterthought", and that schools should be "first to open, last to close".She says children play a smaller role in spreading Covid-19 than adults and are less likely to get ill from it.The government says getting children back to school is a national priority.Ms Longfield has published a setting out key actions needed to ensure children are "at the heart of planning...

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Three charged over LGBT flags on Warsaw statues

Three charged over LGBT flags on Warsaw statues

Three people accused of hanging LGBT rainbow flags off statues in Warsaw have been arrested and charged.Polish police charged them with desecrating monuments and offending religious feelings.Activists protesting against the anti-LGBT policies of President Andrzej Duda hung the flags off statues of Jesus Christ, the astronomer Copernicus and the Warsaw mermaid.They also dressed them in pink face masks bearing the anarcho-queer symbol.Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki denounced the activists, saying the statues symbolise values that are important to millions of Poles.However, activists who...

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Safety concerns halt use of 50 million NHS masks

Safety concerns halt use of 50 million NHS masks

Fifty million face masks bought by the UK government in April will not be used in the NHS because of safety concerns. The government says the masks, which use ear-loop fastenings rather than head loops, may not fit tightly enough.They were bought for NHS England healthcare workers from supplier Ayanda Capital as part of a £252m contract.Ayanda says the masks met the specifications No 10 had set out. The PM said he was "disappointed" that any protective kit should be unfit for use.An earlier government statement said its safety standards process is "robust".Tim Horlick, chief executive of...

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Cameron Diaz found 'peace' by quitting acting

Cameron Diaz found 'peace' by quitting acting

Cameron Diaz has said she found "peace" in her "soul" after walking away from her Hollywood career two years ago.Diaz is well known for her roles in films like There's Something About Mary, Charlie's Angels and Shrek.But the last movie appearance of her 20-year career came in the 2014 adaptation of Annie."I got a peace in my soul, because I finally was taking care of myself," Diaz told Gwyneth Paltrow, on the fellow actress's "It's a strange thing to say, I know a lot of people won't understand it, I know you understand it, but it's so intense to work at that level and be that public and...

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New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA

New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA

New York's attorney general has announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the powerful National Rifle Association over alleged financial mismanagement.Letitia James said the NRA had diverted millions of dollars to leaders including its head, Wayne LaPierre, for their personal use."For these years of misconduct we are seeking an order to dissolve the NRA entirely," she said.There has been no immediate response from the NRA.Ms James said that the four named defendants - Mr LaPierre, Wilson Phillips, Joshua Powell and John Frazer "instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement and negligent...

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Bank of England boss backs end of furlough scheme

Bank of England boss backs end of furlough scheme

The Governor of the Bank of England has backed the government's decision to end its furlough scheme in October.Andrew Bailey told the BBC it was important that policymakers helped workers "move forward" and not keep them in unproductive jobs.He said coronavirus would inevitably mean that some jobs became redundant.The Bank also predicted the economic slump caused by Covid-19 will be less severe than expected, but warned the recovery will also take longer.More than nine million jobs have been furloughed under the government's , but the Bank expects most people to go back to work as the...

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New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA

New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. Please let us know if you agree to all of these cookies.AcceptRejectNew York's attorney general has announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the powerful National Rifle Association over alleged financial mismanagement.Letitia James said the NRA had diverted millions of dollars to leaders including its head, Wayne LaPierre, for their personal use."For these years of misconduct we are seeking an order to dissolve the NRA entirely," she said.There has been no immediate response from the NRA.Ms James said that the four named defendants - Mr...

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MPs launch plan to measure delivery of NHS pledges

MPs launch plan to measure delivery of NHS pledges

MPs are to launch a new system for evaluating whether key health targets are being met in England.A panel of experts reporting to the Commons health committee will assess progress made on policy commitments, starting with maternity services.They will rate performance from "outstanding" to "inadequate" and seek to drive improvements where needed.Panel chair Dame Jane Dacre told the BBC it would be "fair and impartial" in its findings. Dame Jane, professor of medical education at University College London and ex-President of the Royal College of Physicians, said she was an apolitical...

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Mexican state bans sale of junk food to children

Mexican state bans sale of junk food to children

The Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of junk food and sugary drinks to children in an attempt to reduce high obesity and diabetes levels.Oaxaca is the first state to take the measure in Mexico, which has one of the world's highest rates of childhood obesity. People breaking the law can be fined and have their businesses closed. Re-offenders face jail terms.The move comes as Mexico's number of deaths linked to Covid-19 nears 50,000.Mexico's death toll is the third-highest in the world after the US and Brazil. from the virus.About 73% of the Mexican population is overweight,...

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FBI swat team raids home of YouTube star Jake Paul

FBI swat team raids home of YouTube star Jake Paul

The FBI have conducted a raid on the Los Angeles-area home of YouTube star Jake Paul.A spokeswoman for the FBI said an armed swat team carried out the raid, which took place while Paul was not at home. The official would not say the reason, only that the search was related to an investigation. Officers were seen collecting guns from the property.Paul is facing charges of looting in Arizona and recently held a party that allegedly broke public health orders. Paul, 23, has over 20 million followers on YouTube."The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in...

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US abuse survivor in Netflix film dies by suicide

US abuse survivor in Netflix film dies by suicide

Daisy Coleman, a sexual assault victim advocate and subject of the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, has taken her own life, according to her mother.Ms Coleman, 23, was 14 when she alleged she was raped at a party in 2012 in Maryville, Missouri.Her case drew national attention as she spoke of being bullied after the incident, but the charge against the teenage boy she accused was dropped. She was reportedly found dead after her mother called police to check on her."She was my best friend and amazing daughter," her mother, Melinda Coleman, wrote on Facebook."I think she had to make it seem...

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Rescue workers search rubble after deadly Beirut blast

Rescue workers search rubble after deadly Beirut blast

Rescue workers in Lebanon are searching for dozens of people missing a day after a huge explosion devastated the port area of the capital, Beirut.The blast, which shook the whole city, killed at least 113 people and injured more than 4,000 others. A two-week state of emergency has been declared.President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a warehouse.All port officials have been put under house arrest pending an investigation.Customs chief Badri Daher told local media that his agency had repeatedly called for the ammonium nitrate to...

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Quarter of councils' autism policies 'unlawful'

Quarter of councils' autism policies 'unlawful'

More than a quarter of English councils are acting unlawfully by discriminating against children with autism, according to a report by disability law experts. Forty-one out of 149 local authorities have policies that denied families social care assessments, the Disability Law Service said. Acting Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey, a patron of the service, said some cases were "discriminatory and unacceptable".The Local Government Association said councils were "doing all they can". Judith Blake, chair of the LGA's children and young people board, said: "Councils are under huge strain as a result...

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How did TikTok grow to 800 million users?

How did TikTok grow to 800 million users?

President Donald Trump has warned that he will ban TikTok unless an American firm buys its US operations. So how did an app attract millions of users but come to be seen as a national security risk in just two years?Alone it stands, a red gummy bear atop a dimly lit stage, and the unmistakable voice of Adele singing. Then, as the unseen crowd joins in with the next line, the camera pans out to reveal hundreds more gummy bears singing along to Someone Like You.It's silly and cute and extremely watchable. And for the fledgling video app TikTok, it did more in 15 seconds than marketing budgets...

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New emperor penguin colonies found in Antarctica - CBBC Newsround

New emperor penguin colonies found in Antarctica - CBBC Newsround

Eleven new colonies of the largest penguin species - the emperor penguin - have been discovered in Antarctica using special satellite technology.It means that now the total number of colonies is 61, with about half a million emperor penguins altogether.As the places where these birds live are very cold and far away, it's difficult to study them and see how they're doing. That's why the special satellite technology was a big help by spotting from above where they are living and breeding.Dr Phil Trathan, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) who made the discovery, said: "Whilst it's good...

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Antidepressants not ibuprofen for chronic pain

Antidepressants not ibuprofen for chronic pain

Doctors are being advised not to prescribe common painkillers, including paracetamol and ibuprofen, for patients with chronic pain not caused by an injury or other medical condition.The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said there was little evidence they help.And it suggests there is evidence long-term use can be harmful.Its draft guidance recommends antidepressants, acupuncture or psychological therapy instead. The advisory body also strongly advises against the use of opioids for these patients, in a set of guidelines covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland.It...

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Ethnic minorities 'over-exposed' to coronavirus

Ethnic minorities 'over-exposed' to coronavirus

People from ethnic minority backgrounds in Britain "face greater barriers" when trying to protect themselves from coronavirus, according to a report.The Runnymede Trust, a race equality think-tank, said Bangladeshi and black African people were most vulnerable.Jobs, households and using public transport are all said to be risk factors.The government said it is working to help ethnic minorities, who have been disproportionately harmed by Covid-19.There is growing evidence that people from those communities are at greater risk from the virus.The Runnymede Trust also warned important public...

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