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  • Toting panels on donkeys, Maasai women lead a solar revolution 3 hours ago

    By Leopold Obi MAGADI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Not long ago, dusk was a time of unease for the people of Magadi, a village in Kenya's Kajiado County. The … More »Toting panels on donkeys, Maasai women lead a solar revolution

    By Leopold Obi MAGADI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Not long ago, dusk was a time of unease for the people of Magadi, a village in Kenya's Kajiado County. The women, trained in solar panel installation, use donkeys to haul their solar wares from home to home in the remote region, giving families their first access …

  • Passengers wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) ride on a travelator upon arrival at Incheon International Airport in Incheon
    South Korea says everything must be done to halt MERS 4 hours ago

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as fear … More »South Korea says everything must be done to halt MERS

    Passengers wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) ride on a travelator upon arrival at Incheon International Airport in Incheon

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as fear of the disease shut hundreds of schools and led to corporate giant Samsung calling off a staff conference. Five more cases were confirmed on Wednesday …

  • Check infant formula for signs of product tampering or substitution: CFIA 4 hours ago

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is advising people using baby formula to check the packaging for signs of tampering or product substitution. The agency says it has … More »Check infant formula for signs of product tampering or substitution: CFIA

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is advising people using baby formula to check the packaging for signs of tampering or product substitution. The agency says it has become aware of reports of product substitution or tampering in infant formula products. It says the problem has turned up when someone returns altered …

  • American Nobel chemistry laureate Irwin Rose dies at 88 5 hours ago

    (Reuters) - American Nobel laureate Irwin Rose, a biochemist whose groundbreaking work helped in the development of treatments for cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, … More »American Nobel chemistry laureate Irwin Rose dies at 88

    (Reuters) - American Nobel laureate Irwin Rose, a biochemist whose groundbreaking work helped in the development of treatments for cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, died on Tuesday, the University of California, Irvine said. Rose won the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry, along with Israel Institute of Technology researchers …

  • Pentagon: Anthrax scare presents no known risk to public
    U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been sent to Pentagon: official 11 hours ago

    A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal … More »U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been sent to Pentagon: official

    Pentagon: Anthrax scare presents no known risk to public

    A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. The suspected shipment, first reported by CNN, came from a batch that was meant to have been inactivated …

  • Passengers wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) ride on a travelator upon arrival at Incheon International Airport in Incheon

    South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early on Wednesday, bringing to 30 the total number of cases in the country of the often-deadly illness. On Tuesday, South Korea reported its first two deaths from MERS since the first confirmed case two …

  • A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, California

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age. The measure was approved by the Senate 26-8 and must now be approved by the …

  • A woman walks past a sign during the second day of closing events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa, Monday June 1, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    A long-awaited report on the horrors of Canada's residential school system calls it nothing short of a "cultural genocide."

  • By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - They're not likely to start barbecuing in the rainforest, but chimpanzees can understand the concept of cooking and are willing to postpone eating raw food, even carrying food some distance to cook it rather than eat immediately, scientists reported on Tuesday. Surprisingly, since …

  • The U.S. Defense Department is investigating to determine if live anthrax was brought into the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out live batches of the potentially lethal bacteria, CNN reported on Tuesday. The Dugway Proving Ground had intended to send shipments of inert anthrax spores but may …

  • Alberta Health Services says one of four dialysis patients mistakenly treated with contaminated water in an Edmonton hospital last week has died. It's not yet known if the patient's death on Sunday was connected to the water problem two days earlier at Royal Alexandra Hospital. "Instead of having it come out into the …

  • By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has once again raised concerns about the safety of flibanserin, an experimental women's libido drug, saying it increased the risk of fainting and accidental injury, especially when combined with alcohol. The review, published on the FDA's website …

  • By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who work desk-based jobs should aim to stand and do light activity for a total of four hours throughout the day, according to an international panel of experts. The panel was commissioned by Public Health England and the company Active Working CIC, which owns the Get Britain …

  • The Canadian government confirmed on Tuesday that it received an anthrax sample kit from the U.S Department of Defense that might have contained live bacterium, but it said there were no reported illnesses. In a statement, the Public Health Agency of Canada said it received the sample in August 2006, but that it had not …

  • This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. A major producer of medical marijuana says doctors and specialized clinics are receiving kickbacks from some licensed pot producers in exchange for sending them patients, a practice the company calls unethical and a violation of professional medical standards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Jeff Chiu

    A major producer of medical marijuana says doctors and specialized clinics are receiving kickbacks from some licensed pot producers in exchange for sending them patients, a practice the company calls unethical and a violation of professional medical standards. Greg Engel, CEO of Nanaimo, B.C.-based Tilray, said his company …