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Injections may be ‘next revolution’ in HIV treatment, replacing daily pills – study

People living with HIV may one day be able to replace their daily pills with just a few injections a year, according to a new study. It comes amid reports that a South African girl has shown no signs of the virus rebounding despite being taken off drugs years ago. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Charlie Gard's parents end legal battle as time runs out for critically ill baby

Chris Gard and Connie Yates announce decision as high court judge was preparing to oversee latest round of five-month legal battle * Charlie Gard: key questions answered Charlie Gard’s parents have ended their legal fight for their critically ill baby to be flown to the US for experimental treatment, saying it was too late for the process to work. After a five-month court battle, they said at an emotional hearing on Monday that they were abandoning their fight for Charlie to receive the nucleoside bypass therapy (NBT) they hoped would bring about significant recovery. Their decision means that Charlie, who was born on 4 August last year with a rare genetic condition inherited from his parents, will shortly be removed from life support at Great Ormond Street hospital (Gosh) and will not live to see his first birthday. Continue reading...

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Israel to remove metal detectors from holy site in Jerusalem

Late-night announcement regarding al-Aqsa mosque comes after days of violent confrontations that have claimed seven lives Israel has announced it will remove controversial metal detectors from entrances to the sensitive compound that houses the al-Aqsa mosque. The late-night announcement by the office of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is designed to end the crisis over the holy site. Days of violent confrontations have claimed seven lives. Continue reading...

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'Now's time for change in venture capital': meet the unicorn hunters

Top investors give their views on sexism in their sector, the worst pitches they’ve had and why startups should avoid claiming to be the Uber of their industry Every day some of the smartest brains in finance busy themselves chasing down a unicorn in the making. Not the mythical horned horse of fairy tales but rather the term given to next company to go from startup to a billion dollar valuation in just a few years. Venture capitalists (VCs) are part investor, part futurologist. They will invest in an exciting startup for a share in the company in the hope their stake will make several times more when it is bought by a large rival or floats several years down the line. Continue reading...

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Swiftcover too slow to pay me back excess after crash

It arranged for repairs to my car after I paid £250 and now refuses to reimburse me. The other driver is insured by Axa, which owns SwiftcoverI was involved in a car accident in August 2016 – a van hit me from behind as I waited at a roundabout. I collected the contact details of the van driver and contacted my insurance company, Swiftcover. It arranged for the repairs to my car to be carried out, which were to my satisfaction. But to do this I had to pay the excess on my policy of £250. Swiftcover quickly agreed that the accident was not my fault. However, despite several emails and long phone calls it has not reimbursed me the £250. It initially claimed that it had not been able to contact the other driver, even though it told me he is insured with Axa Commercial. Axa owns Swiftcover. It later emerged that it hadn’t tried to contact him at all – the case had gone to the wrong team internally. I am getting nowhere – can you help? GS, Bristol Continue reading...

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US mulls sending arms to Kiev, doesn’t view move as 'provocative' – US special envoy to Ukraine

Washington is considering sending “defensive” weapons to Ukraine, US special representative Kurt Volker says. He insists the potential move, long desired by Kiev, would not be "provocative." It comes as Moscow warns against fueling Ukraine's civil war. Read Full Article at RT.com

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TNT parcels 'backed up to ceiling' in wake of massive cyberattack

Customers voice frustration as FedEx-owned courier admits it is struggling to deal with impact of NotPetya attack Parcels are backing up at TNT depots in their thousands after the company admitted it is still struggling to deal with the aftermath of June’s cyber-attack that crippled IT systems around the world. Frustrated customers trying to get news of their undelivered parcels have been told by TNT’s UK staff that consignments at its East Midlands hub are “going up to the ceiling” as international shipments are still having to be processed by hand. Continue reading...

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Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions – and a powerful will to survive. By Cathy Otten The day before Isis came was a holiday in Sinjar district, northern Iraq. Yazidis gathered to celebrate the end of a fasting period. It was 2 August 2014. Harvested wheat fields stood short and stubbly under the shadowless sun. People slaughtered sheep and gathered with their relatives to celebrate the holiday, handing out sweets and exchanging news and gossip. In the past, they would have invited their Muslim neighbours to join the celebrations, but more recently a distance had grown between them, leading the villagers to keep mostly to their own. The atmosphere was restless and the temperature peaked above 40C (104F). The top of Mount Sinjar, just north of the town of Sinjar itself, appeared to be shimmering in the heat, and the people living below mostly avoided travelling until after the sun had set, when the streets were filled with neighbours trading fearful rumours, and men patrolling with guns. Continue reading...

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