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Senegal rebels issue warning over Astron’s mineral sands mine

By Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) – A dormant Senegalese rebel movement has called for the abandonment of a planned mineral sands project operated by Australia-listed Astron, saying it amounts to “a declaration of war”. A spokesman for the Movement of Democratic Forces for Casamance (MFDC) on Thursday said that it had not been consulted about […]

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Happy 350,000th birthday: Study pushes back Homo sapiens origins

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Genetic data from the skeletal remains of seven people who lived centuries ago in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province is offering intriguing new evidence that our species, Homo sapiens, is older than previously believed. Scientists said on Thursday they sequenced the genomes of the seven individuals including a boy who […]

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Militants attack Somali military base, kill at least 15

By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab fighters killed at least 15 soldiers in an attack on a military base near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, the militant group and Somali officials said on Friday. The militants used guns and car bombs to take control of the base and a nearby town, Barire, […]

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U.S. appoints general to oversee military response to Puerto Rico disaster

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – The Pentagon named a senior general to command military relief operations in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Thursday and the Trump administration sent a Cabinet emissary to the island as U.S. lawmakers called for a more robust response to the crisis. The U.S. territory […]

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‘Veep’ actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus battling breast cancer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Emmy-winning comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said on Thursday that she was battling breast cancer and highlighted the case for universal healthcare. Louis-Dreyfus, 56, who plays foul-mouthed fictitious former U.S. President Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep,” said “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” in a short post […]

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Illinois Republican governor signs controversial abortion bill

By Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a controversial bill into law on Thursday to expand state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income residents on Medicaid and state employees. The bill, approved by the state legislature in May, would also keep abortions legal in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court follows […]

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Washington state sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) – Washington state on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, becoming the latest state or local government to file a lawsuit seeking to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for a national opioid addiction epidemic. The city of Seattle also filed a separate lawsuit against Purdue as well as units of Teva […]

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Senators close to bipartisan deal on health exchanges: Schumer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators from both parties are close to finalizing a bipartisan deal to shore up the health insurance exchanges created under Obamacare, the chamber’s top Democrat said on Thursday. The move, which Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said was “on the verge” of completion, would stabilize the market for individuals who […]

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