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China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China SeaBy Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability. China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 9:03 am

Philippines' Duterte says drugs war will go on, despite criticism

Philippines' Duterte says drugs war will go on, despite criticismPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed to forge on with his controversial war on drugs and said no amount of criticism or international pressure would deter him. Delivering his annual State of the Nation address, Duterte said his critics at home and abroad should focus on using their influence to educate Filipinos of the ills of illicit drugs.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 8:55 am

Hopes for future HIV cure revived as South African child becomes third in remission

Hopes for future HIV cure revived as South African child becomes third in remissionA South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment followed by eight and a half years drug-free. Patients with HIV would normally need to stay on antiretroviral (ART) drugs for the rest of their lives to keep AIDS at bay. But this child, still off treatment and now almost 10 years old, has no signs of the disease. This and other recent, isolated cases of remission have given additional hope to the 37 million people worldwide infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Yet experts urged caution, saying the case is extremely rare does not suggest a simple path to a cure. Prince Harry and Rihanna get tested for HIV 00:52 "It's a case that raises more questions than it necessarily answers," said Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society (IAS), which is holding a conference in Paris this week. "It does raise the interesting notion that maybe treatment isn't for life. (But) it's clearly a rare phenomenon." The child, whose name and gender were not disclosed, was part of a clinical trial in which researchers were investigating the effect of treating HIV-positive babies in the first few weeks of life, and then stopping and starting the ART medicines whilst checking whether their HIV was being controlled. The United Nations HIV/AIDS agency said last week that 19.5 million people – more than half of the 37 million patients with HIV – are now on treatment. The vast majority of patients with HIV suffer an increase in the amount of the virus circulating in the body if they stop treatment, but this child was different, the South African researchers said. Naomi Campbell 'stands in solidarity' with millions of women on World AIDS day 00:27 "To our knowledge, this is the first case of sustained virological control from a randomized trial of ART interruption following early treatment of infants," they said in a summary of findings presented at the IAS conference on Monday. The baby contracted HIV from its mother. Treatment with ART started when it was almost nine weeks old but was interrupted at 40 weeks when the virus had been suppressed, and the child was monitored regularly for any signs of relapse. "At age 9.5 years, the child was clinically asymptomatic," the researchers said. Sharon Lewin, an HIV expert at the University of Melbourne and co-chair of the IAS's HIV Cure and Cancer forum, said the case threw up possible insights into how the human immune system can control HIV replication when treatment is interrupted. Yet in terms of the scientific search for a cure for HIV and AIDS, she told Reuters, it appeared only to confirm previous reports of similarly rare cases. "We know that very rarely, people who have had treatment and stopped it are then able to control the virus." The HIV/AIDS pandemic has killed around 35 million people worldwide since it began in the 1980s.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 8:34 am

How many people are killed by terrorist attacks in the UK?

How many people are killed by terrorist attacks in the UK?London has been rocked by a fourth terror attack in three months, when a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park. Prime Minister Theresa May has chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee in response to the attack, condemning the "terrible incident". But despite this latest attack, relatively few people have been killed by terrorist attacks in the UK in recent years. Victims of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom Previously, a senior Whitehall source revealed the security services have foiled five attacks in the two months since the Westminster attack. Defending against accusations that MI5 had been repeatedly warned the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was dangerous, the source outlined the scale of the job facing counter-terrorism officials. Partly because of this, the number of people killed by acts of terrorism has remained low compared to other countries – with 13 people dying because of terrorism in the UK since between 2010 and 2015. Terror is killing far fewer people in the UK now than it was in the 1980s Between 2000 and 2015, 90 people have been killed in the UK in terrorist attacks, according to figures from the Global Terrorism Database. Although not on British soil, a further 30 British people were killed in Tunisia when a gunman attacked a hotel popular among Western tourists. This compares to 1,094 deaths in the 15-year period before that, between 1985 and 1999, and a further 2,211 between 1970 and 1984. The worst year for terrorism-related deaths in the UK was 1988, when 372 people died. The majority of these died in the Lockerbie disaster, when 270 were killed as a Pan Am transatlantic flight was destroyed by a bomb. Since 1970, Northern Ireland has seen the most terrorism-related deaths out of any nation in the UK, with IRA-related terrorism plaguing the nation for decades. 1972 saw the peak of this violence, with 353 people killed in Northern Ireland – out of a total of 368 in the whole of the UK.  How does the UK's terror threat compare with the rest of Europe? Since 1970, the UK has faced the most deaths as a result of terrorism in Western Europe – totalling 3,395.  Spain is the next worst-hit, with 1,261 deaths since 1970. 2004 was the country's worst year for terrorism, when 192 people died as Madrid bombings. Victims of terrorist attacks in Western Europe 1988 was the worst year for terror in Western Europe, when 440 people in total were killed in attacks – the majority being killed in the Lockerbie bombing. In 2015, France saw its worst ever attack in Paris when nine terrorists killed 130 people at multiple locations across the capital. Over the last 10 years there have been 1.4 deaths per year in the UK due to terrorism – which, according to research from BuzzFeed, means you're more likely to be killed by dogs (18 deaths per year), hot water (100 deaths per year) or using your phone while driving (2,920 deaths per year). UK terror threat timeline Despite public concern, the terror threat in Europe is relatively low​ Terrorism is becoming an increasing concern for Europe's people, with the UK's own threat level set at "severe" – but the figures show that Europe is one of the safest areas in the world for terrorist-related incidents. While there have been several large attacks in Western Europe in recent years, the number of people killed by terrorism in this region is relatively low compared to other parts of the world. The Global Terrorism Index found that 38,422 people were killed in terrorist attacks across the world in 2015. The majority of these were in the Middle East and North Africa, where 17,752 died in terror attacks. Sub-Saharan Africa was the next worst-hit, followed by South Asia. Since 1970, the Index has counted 106,539 deaths in this region, out of a worldwide total of 348,759 – compared to 6,400 deaths in Western Europe.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 7:28 am

US student freed after week held in China over taxi dispute

US student freed after week held in China over taxi disputeBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An American university student is free following a weeklong detention in China for allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother during a fare dispute, in a case that drew objections over the student's treatment from U.S. lawmakers.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 3:48 am

Thai dissident's lonely fight to keep history alive

Thai dissident's lonely fight to keep history aliveCarrying a bucket of cement and a heavy bronze plaque, Ekachai Hongkangwan set out across Bangkok’s heavily-policed Royal Plaza in late June to perform a solo act of DIY dissent. Instead he focuses on trying to reform the lese majeste law, which makes scrutiny of the family impossible and forces media to self-censor.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:39 am

First color samples.Something tells me those won’t be the last versions though.Client: AscendoArt direction: Richard Conti.

First color samples.Something tells me those won’t be the last versions though.Client: AscendoArt direction: Richard Conti.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:33 am

Two Jordanians die in shooting at Israeli embassy in Amman: security source

Two Jordanians die in shooting at Israeli embassy in Amman: security sourceBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) – Two Jordanians died from wounds inflicted during a shooting on Sunday in the compound of the heavily-guarded Israeli embassy that also wounded an Israeli, police and a security source said. Police said earlier that the two Jordanians worked for a furniture firm and entered the embassy compound before the shooting to do repairs. Israel has imposed a ban on reporting the incident and has made no public comment.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 12:06 am

Who is Charlie Gard, what is the disease he suffers from and what will the judge decide this week?

Who is Charlie Gard, what is the disease he suffers from and what will the judge decide this week?It has been a heartbreaking legal battle that has captured international attention and drawn offers of support from Donald Trump and the Pope. Now, the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard are preparing to return to court for a hearing at which the terminally-ill baby's future could be decided. Mr Justice Francis is set to oversee the latest stage of Chris Gard and Connie Yates's five-month legal fight over treatment at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London. The judge is scheduled to analyse what the couple said was fresh evidence at a two-day trial starting at 2pm on Monday. He said he aimed to make a decision on Tuesday and questioned whether a two-day hearing would be long enough. Here is everything you need to know about the case. Who is Charlie Gard? Charlie is a 10-month old patient in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. On August 4, 2016, he was born a "perfectly healthy" baby at full term and at a "healthy weight". After about a month, however,  Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, noticed that he was less able to lift his head and support himself than other babies of a similar age. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Credit: PA Doctors discovered he had a rare inherited disease – infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS). The condition causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. In October, after he had became lethargic and his breathing shallow, he was transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Why was there a legal fight?  Charlie's parents wanted to take him to see specialists in the USA, who had offered an experimental therapy called nucleoside.  A crowdfunding page was set up in January to help finance the therapy. Ribbons and hearts tied to trees outside Great Ormond Street Hospital in London by well wishers backing a campaign to allow terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to be treated in America Credit: PA But doctors at GOSH concluded that the experimental treatment, which is not designed to be curative, would not improve Charlie’s quality of life.  When parents do not agree about a child’s future treatment, it is standard legal process to ask the courts to make a decision. This is what happened in Charlie’s case. What were the stages of the legal battle? March 3: Great Ormond Street bosses asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that life support treatment should stop. The judge was told that Charlie could only breathe through a ventilator and was fed through a tube. April 11: Mr Justice Francis said doctors could stop providing life-support treatment after analysing the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London He concluded that life-support treatment should end and said a move to a palliative care regime would be in Charlie's best interests.  Connie Yates leaves the Supreme Court after a panel of three Supreme Court justices on dismissed the couple's latest challenge Credit: PA May 3: Charlie's parents then asked Court of Appeal judges to consider the case. May 23: After analysing the case, three Court of Appeal judges dismissed the couple's appeal two days later.  June 8: Charlie's parents then lost their fight in the Supreme Court. Charlie's mother broke down in tears and screamed as justices announced their decision and was led from the court by lawyers. Chris Gard leaves the Supreme Court after it ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street Hospital Credit: PA June 20:  Judges in the European Court of Human Rights started to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie's parents make written submissions.  A European Court of Human Rights spokeswoman said the case would get "priority". "In light of the exceptional circumstances of this case, the court has already accorded it priority and will treat the application with the utmost urgency," she added. Supporters outside the Supreme Court Credit: PA June 27: On Tuesday, European court judges refused to intervene. A Great Ormond Street spokeswoman said the European Court decision marked "the end" of a "difficult process". She said there would be "no rush" to change Charlie's care and said there would be "careful planning and discussion". July 10: Charlie's parents return to the High Court and ask Mr Justice Francis to carry out a fresh analysis of the case. Mr Justice Francis gives them less than 48 hours to prove an experimental treatment works. Why is the case back in court? Charlie inherited the faulty RRM2B gene from his parents, affecting the cells responsible for energy production and respiration and leaving him unable to move or breathe without a ventilator. GOSH describes experimental nucleoside therapies as "unjustified" and the treatment is not a cure. The hospital's decision to go back into the courtroom came after two international healthcare facilities and their researchers contacted them to say they have "fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment". What did Charlie's parents argue? Richard Gordon QC, who led Charlie's parents' legal team, had told Court of Appeal judges that the case raised "very serious legal issues". Mum of Charlie Gard says five doctors support her 01:33 "They wish to exhaust all possible options," Mr Gordon said in a written outline of Charlie's parents' case. "They don't want to look back and think 'what if?'. This court should not stand in the way of their only remaining hope." Mr Gordon suggested that Charlie might be being unlawfully detained and denied his right to liberty. He said judges should not interfere with parents' exercise of parental rights. Lawyers, who represented Charlie's parents for free, said Mr Justice Francis had not given enough weight to Charlie's human right to life. They said there was no risk the proposed therapy in the US would cause Charlie "significant harm". Ethics professor: If Charlie Gard was my child I would let him die peacefully 01:22 What did GOSH argue? Katie Gollop QC, who led Great Ormond Street's legal team, suggested that further treatment would leave Charlie in a "condition of existence". She said therapy proposed in the USA was "experimental" and would not help Charlie. "There is significant harm if what the parents want for Charlie comes into effect," she told appeal judges. "The significant harm is a condition of existence which is offering the child no benefit." She added: "It is inhuman to permit that condition to continue." A banner hung on railings outside Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London Credit: PA Ms Gollop said nobody knew whether Charlie was in pain. "Nobody knows because it is so very difficult because of the ravages of Charlie's condition," she said. "He cannot see, he cannot hear, he cannot make a noise, he cannot move." Interventions from Trump and the Vatican While Ms Yates and Mr Gard said they have been boosted by support from US President Donald Trump and the Vatican, a leading expert has described interventions from high-profile figures as "unhelpful". Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said in an open letter that Charlie's situation is "heartbreaking" for his parents, and "difficult" for others including medical staff, but added that even well-meaning interventions from outsiders can be unhelpful. If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017 The interest of the Pope and Mr Trump in Charlie's case has "saved his life so far", his mother has said. Ms Yates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Yeah, they have saved his life so far. It turned it into an international issue. "There are a lot of people that are outraged by what is going on. We have got new evidence now so I hope the judge changes his mind." Timeline | Charlie Gard case She said that "sometimes parents are right in what they think" and it is not simply that they do not want to switch off life support. She said the family now have seven specialist doctors – two from the US, two from Italy, one from England and two from Spain – who are supporting them. She added: "We expect that structural damage is irreversible, but I have yet to see something which tells me my son has irreversible structural brain damage."

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 12:01 am

South Sudan sexual violence on 'massive scale,' report says

South Sudan sexual violence on 'massive scale,' report saysWAU, South Sudan (AP) — It's been five months since the shy, frail 13-year-old was snatched from his bed, drugged and raped in the middle of the night. The boy hasn't been able to say much since.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 11:12 pm

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MLS rebuffs rich offer tied to relegation – SportsBusiness Daily (subscription)


MLS rebuffs rich offer tied to relegation
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MLS quietly rebuffed a bold offer that would have quadrupled its media rights fees a full six years before those rights even came to market. There was one catch to the offer. And it was a big one. The league would have had to put a promotion/relegation

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 10:54 am

David Villa was tireless for NYCFC while defending across MLS … – ESPN FC (blog)


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David Villa was tireless for NYCFC while defending across MLS …
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A rivalry takes root down south, printed-out photos become a thing, VAR can't come soon enough and more in this roundup of the weekend in MLS.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:57 am

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane expects tough test from MLS All-Stars – MLSsoccer.com


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Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane expects tough test from MLS All-Stars
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – With the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Villa and Giovani dos Santos on hand, the MLS All-Stars will boast plenty of names familiar to fans from around the world. For opposing coach Zinedine Zidane and the rest of the Real …

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:42 am

Manchester City FC hosts Manchester City Soccer Festival in East LA – Los Angeles Times


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Manchester City FC hosts Manchester City Soccer Festival in East LA
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Manchester City FC made a stop in East Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Manchester City Soccer Festival. Hundreds of fans flocked to McDonnell …

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 3:05 am

MLS Capsules – News & Observer


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Sebastian Blanco scored early in the second half and the undermanned Portland Timbers beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Sunday to snap a six-game winless streak. Jeremy Ebobisse set up the winner and also scored for Portland (8-8-6). The Timbers …
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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:40 am

MLS All-Star foes Real Madrid fall on PKs after draw with Manchester United – MLSsoccer.com


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MLS All-Star foes Real Madrid fall on PKs after draw with Manchester United
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Real Madrid continued their US tour – which will end with an appearance in the 2017 AT&T MLS All-Star Game presented by Target – with a penalty shootout loss to Manchester United following a 1-1 draw in regulation. United's Jesse Lingard kicked off the …
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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 12:06 am

Raleigh would get a kick out of MLS team | Charlotte Observer – Charlotte Observer


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Raleigh would get a kick out of MLS team | Charlotte Observer
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MLS visit shows how Raleigh has grown and can grow some more.
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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 7:32 pm

Meet the super-hot soccer stars invading America – New York Post


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Meet the super-hot soccer stars invading America
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The North London underdog club, founded in 1882, hasn't won a Premier League title since 1961 (which was then known as Football League First Division) — but in the past two years, its been in title contention. They're also fan favorites, even on this
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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 4:46 pm

How fans were betrayed as Premier League club owners made … – The Guardian


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How fans were betrayed as Premier League club owners made …
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When the Premier League was established with great fanfare 25 years ago, no mention was made of the top club owners being allowed to walk away with …

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 3:04 pm

Premier League transfers: What the big boys still need to do in the market – ESPN FC (blog)


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Premier League transfers: What the big boys still need to do in the market
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However, supporters should be prepared to be patient. With so many changes, there may be an inconsistent start. VERDICT: Mission accomplished. And some. Iain Macintosh covers the Premier League and Champions League for ESPN FC. Follow him on …
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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:29 pm

BBC Sport – Football

Benjamin Mendy: Man City sign Monaco defender for £52m

Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy completes his £52m transfer to Manchester City.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 12:15 pm

Turkish side make Wilshere bid – gossip

Messi and Suarez persuade Neymar to stay, Sanchez’s PSG move on hold, Can wanted by Juventus, plus more.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 12:05 pm

Pedro has ‘multiple fractures’ but should be training in 10 days

Chelsea’s Pedro has multiple fractures from a collision with David Ospina in Saturday’s friendly with Arsenal.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 10:16 am

Southampton captain Van Dijk left out of tour squad

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk is not included in their squad for a pre-season training camp in France this week.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 9:57 am

Cuthbert backs beaten Scotland to qualify – reaction & highlights

Erin Cuthbert, who scored in the loss to Portugal, thinks Scotland can beat Spain and qualify from Group D of the Euro 2017 finals.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 9:54 am

Women’s Euro 2017: Brave decision by referee to change penalty call – Bronze

England’s Lucy Bronze says the referee was “brave” to change her mind after awarding Spain a penalty against the Lionesses in their Women’s Euro 2017 Group D match.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 9:00 am

Are knee injuries at ‘epidemic’ levels? The stats and the causes

There has been a season-on-season rise in serious knee ligament injuries in the Premier League – BBC Sport looks at the statistics and the causes.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 8:13 am

‘Brave’ refereeing decision helped England – watch incident & vote

A “brave” referee’s decision helped England beat Spain at Women’s Euro 2017, but was it correct? Watch, decide and vote.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 7:22 am

Anthony Martial: Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho wants forward to be more consistent

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tells forward Anthony Martial he needs to be more consistent this season.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:57 am

Women’s Euro 2017: Spain baffled as referee changes penalty decision

Spain are awarded a penalty after England’s Ellen White is penalised for handball – only for the referee to change her mind – during their Women’s Euro 2017 group match.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:06 am

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