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World - Chile`s lawmakers take key step toward decriminalizing abortion

Chile took a step toward easing its strict abortion ban on Tuesday after legislators in the nation`s lower chamber voted to advance a bill that would overturn the prohibition. Amid applause from the gallery, the Health Commission of Chile`s Chamber of Deputies voted eight to five to move forward on President Michelle Bachelet`s landmark proposal to allow pregnancy terminations in certain circumstances. To become law, the bill will still need to win simple majorities in both the Chamber and the Senate, which could be difficult as the project faces significant opposition in both houses.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015  02:50


World - EU offers to help France, Britain face Calais migrant crisis

The European Commission offered Tuesday to help France and Britain deal with the migrant crisis at the Channel Tunnel, as police on both sides braced for new attempts at the crossing. The EC said in a statement that it would send a first instalment of financial assistance to France of 20 million euros ($22 million), less than a day after some 600 fresh attempts were made to penetrate the tunnel, according to a police source. The situation in the northern French port of Calais has hit the headlines in the past week, with people desperate to reach Britain making attempt after attempt to breach Eurotunnel defences, some paying for it with their lives.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  23:34


World - EU spokeswoman hails progress in Greek bailout talks

The European Commission is encourage by progress in negotiations with Greece on a third international bailout and believes a deal is possible in time to meet an Aug. 20 payment due to the European Central Bank, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In a statement emailed to Reuters in response to a comment by Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos that discussions with lenders could be wrapped up this week, spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said: `The European Commission is encouraged by the progress made so far. `The constructive collaboration with the Greek authorities should allow the negotiations on a new three-year program to progress rapidly.` If all sides stuck to commitments made at a euro zone summit last month, `agreement is possible in order to allow for a first disbursement under the new ESM program in time for the payment Greece is due to make on Aug. 20 (to the ECB).

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  18:29


World - Honeywell unit probed in toxic gas leak in Illinois

(Reuters) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has begun a special inspection at Honeywell Metropolis Works in Illinois to assess a uranium hexafluoride leak that occurred during maintenance activity on Saturday evening. No one at the facility was injured, and the company reported that no uranium hexafluoride was released past the site boundary, the commission said in a statement on Monday. Uranium hexafluoride is a toxic gas and is usually stored in large canisters.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  15:48


Business - Pfizer wins EU approval for $15 billion Hospira buy

U.S. drugmaker Pfizer gained European Union antitrust approval on Tuesday for its proposed $15 billion acquisition of U.S. rival Hospira after pledging to sell some drugs to allay competition concerns. `The approval is conditional on Pfizer divesting certain sterile injectable drugs, as well as its infliximab biosimilar drug, which is currently under development,` the European Commission said. The deal, the biggest ever for Pfizer, will boost its portfolio of generic injectable drugs and copies of biotech medicines.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  18:29


World - Oklahoma regulators impose water injection cut to stem earthquakes

Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes. The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject underground by 38 percent from current levels in the next 60 days. The reduction will bring injected volumes to about 2.4 million barrels below those in 2012, when the most dramatic spike in the area earthquakes began.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  15:12


World - Malaysian PM`s critics unbowed despite anti-graft agency support

A senior member of Najib`s party also broke ranks over the scandal, suggesting that the prime minister`s moves to oust dissenters from positions of power and effectively delay an investigation into the fund had failed to put his government out of danger. On Monday, the Anti-Corruption Commission acknowledged that 2.6 billion ringgit ($675.15 million) was transferred into Najib`s private accounts but said the money was a donation, not from 1Malaysia Development Berhad [TERRN.UL]. `Malaysians and the world are watching the country being seized by a madness where the government is warring against itself,` said Lim Kit Siang, parliamentary leader from the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP).

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  14:18

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