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New drug offers hope for bone marrow cancer patients

London: A therapeutic drug has been found to improve outcomes and survival rates for patients with a serious type of bone marrow cancer. In a clinical trial by researchers at Newcastle University in Britain, patients with newly diagnosed myeloma were treated with a drug called lenalidomide. The results, published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, showed

Astronomers spot unusual star forming like a planet

London: Instead of finding a planet, astronomers have detected a star forming in the outer regions of the disc of dust and gas surrounding a massive star. The main object, referred to as MM 1a, is a young massive star surrounded by a rotating disc of gas and dust that was the focus of the scientists’

Qatar commits $500 million to UN, signs multi-year agreements

Doha: Qatar announced a series of agreements with the United Nations that is to see $500 million injected into UN programmes over the next few years. Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres signed the agreements during the Doha Forum, a conference

US man charged with hate crime for assaulting Indian-origin woman

New York: A 54-year-old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman on a subway and hurling homophobic slurs at her. Allasheed Allah from Manhattan’s East Harlem neighbourhood was arrested on Thursday and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment against 20-year-old Avneet Kaur during the November 30

Mexico estimates 1,100 migrants crossed border into US

Mexico City: Some 1,100 migrants of the Central American caravan could have crossed into the US, according to Mexican government estimates. At a press conference on Tuesday, Mexico’s Interior Secretariat (Segob) said that, of the thousands of migrants who in recent weeks have entered the country as parts of different contingents, around 6,000 reached the border

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French PM seeks ‘unity’ as ‘yellow vest’ arrests cross 1,700

Paris: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday vowed to “restore national unity” after violence during the weekend forced police to use tear gas and rubber bullets against the “yellow vest” demonstrators, who protested against fuel tax rises and high living costs, leading to over 1,700 arrests. However, the violence on Saturday that was the fourth

Soon C-sections to be performed by robots: Report

London: Robotics are expected to become so sophisticated, hospitals may not need surgeons. Controlled by healthcare assistants, the machines will soon be delivering babies by carrying out C-sections as well as other surgeries, say experts. The predictions are based on the report by the “Commission on the Future of Surgery” set up by the Royal College

Twitter CEO under fire for Myanmar tweets

San Francisco: Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, now faces criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar in

May’s Brexit deal fails to offer sufficient clarity: Report

London: The British House of Commons’ committee on Exiting the European Union (EU) unanimously agreed in a report its downbeat verdict on Brexit, saying Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal fails to offer sufficient clarity or certainty for the future of the country. The highly critical report came just 48-hours before the House of Commons decides whether

Indian-origin gay man in UK found guilty of killing wife for lover

London: An Indian-origin gay pharmacist in the UK has been found guilty of murdering his wife by strangling her in order to start a new life with his boyfriend in Australia. Mitesh Patel, 37, injected his wife Jessica with insulin and strangled her with a supermarket bag at their Middlesbrough home in May, then staged a