Tiny stem cell companies close in on major heart disease goals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The early hope that stem cell therapy would make the paralyzed walk, the blind see and cure diabetes have given way to a long list of failures, highlighted by early stem cell champion Geron Corp abandoning the field in 2011.

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To thwart Amazon, Kroger and Walmart lure shoppers with curbside pickup

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As Amazon.com looks to upend the U.S. grocery market with home delivery, some veteran supermarket operators are betting on a different strategy: curbside pickup. Americans have long loved the convenience of drive-through service for burgers and coffee. Kroger Co and Walmart Inc are tweaking that formula for groceries.

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OAS says Honduran presidential election should be redone

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – The Organization of American States (OAS) said late on Sunday that Honduras should hold new presidential elections, after the electoral tribunal declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the bitterly contested Nov. 26 presidential vote.

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Universal basic income is no panacea for us – and Labour shouldn’t back it | Sonia Sodha

What used to be a pet project of libertarians is gaining wider support. But a poverty backstop is no alternative to the economic and social reform we need

There aren’t many ideas that unite trade unionists, the libertarian right, the green movement, and the Silicon Valley tech scene . But that’s the rainbow alliance backing a universal basic income, a centuries-old idea posited as the solution to a range of 21st-century problems. Is its surprising coalition of bedfellows a sign of an idea whose time has at last resoundingly come – or a symptom of a catch-all, More Here…

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UK banks face fines as immigration checks on account holders loom

New rules force banks and building societies to inform authorities if name matches Home Office migrant database

Banks and building societies face fines and public sanction by the City regulator if they fail to conduct thorough immigration checks on current account holders from January.

From the start of 2018, banks will be required to scrutinise the immigration status of their 76 million current account customers against a government database of individuals without leave to remain in the UK.

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Tory Chris Holmes calls for HMRC to act over long unpaid internships

Peer urges investigations into firms who advertise for long-term interns and calls for ban on placements over a month

A Conservative peer has called on HMRC to investigate companies who advertise for long-term unpaid interns and called for a ban on any placement that lasts more than four weeks.

Chris Holmes, whose private member’s bill to limit unpaid internships recently got its second reading in the Lords, said he wanted to bring clarity to an area “muddied” by companies and organisations that take advantage of the current legislation to exploit young people.

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Merkel to meet Berlin attack survivors as anniversary puts failings in focus

Relatives of those killed in truck attack on Christmas market have accused chancellor of failing to acknowledge their suffering

Angela Merkel is to meet bereaved relatives and survivors of last year’s Berlin Christmas market attack for the first time, two weeks after they sent her an angry letter accusing her of political inaction and failing to acknowledge their suffering.

The German chancellor will meet the group in her office in Berlin on Monday, a day before the anniversary of the attack.

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I have received death threats, and I blame the vitriol of the pro-Brexit media | Dominic Grieve

I worry that rational debate about leaving the European Union is becoming impossible in this atmosphere of crisis and confrontation

• Dominic Grieve is a Conservative MP and former attorney general

A decision as a backbencher to vote against one’s party ought not to be taken lightly. Political parties depend for existence and success, not so much on the holding of identical views, as on a shared philosophy and ties of loyalty and respect between members. So there are good reasons to try to find compromises when differences emerge on a specific matter. Last week, however, I voted against my More Here…

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Hunger in Wirral: the truth behind the tale that made a Tory MP cry

Frank Field, whose story of a hungry constituent moved Heidi Allen to tears, says he is seeing destitution, not poverty

It was the true story that moved a Tory to tears: Heidi Allen, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, wept after Frank Field, the veteran Labour MP for Birkenhead in Wirral, told parliament of the hungry constituent who said he had had “a lucky week” because his family had been invited to a funeral and so could eat the food left over after the wake.

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Living with disfigurement: ‘I’m proud of my scars’

It has taken 45 years, but Sylvia Mac is no longer ashamed of her burns and is now finding novel ways of helping others who are disfigured

‘A year ago, I probably wouldn’t have met you,” explains Sylvia Mac. “I would have said I would, and then made up an excuse.” She shakes her head. “I was forever making excuses just so I didn’t meet people.”

After suffering severe third and fourth degree burns to her back and other parts of her body at the age of three, Sylvia, 49, had spent her life covering up her scars and thinking up ways More Here…

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Drug that holds back return of ovarian cancer gets UK licence

Niraparib, which can buy months of time before relapse after chemotherapy, is yet to be assessed for free availability on NHS

A pill treatment that holds back ovarian cancer and has the potential to prolong life has been launched in the UK.

Trial results have shown that niraparib, taken once daily, can buy months of time before the disease returns after chemotherapy.

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Brexit will usher in a dark chapter for new British authors, warns publisher

Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury warns UK’s exclusive English rights across EU will end, with firms fighting US companies in an open market

The next generation of British authors could struggle to land a book deal after Brexit, according to the publisher who launched Harry Potter writer JK Rowling’s career.

The UK’s close ties with Europe meant British publishers enjoyed a huge financial benefit from exploiting the exclusive English-language rights to books sold across the continent.

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Thousands in China watch as 10 people summarily executed in sport stadium

Residents in Guangdong invited to see group sentenced and killed in wake of drugs crackdown

A court in China has sentenced 10 people to death, mostly for drug-related crimes, and then executed them in front of thousands of onlookers.

The 10 people were executed immediately after the sentencing in Lufeng in southern Guangdong province, just 160km (100 miles) from Hong Kong, according to state-run media.

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Universities Australia attacks Coalition's $2.2bn funding cut revealed in Myefo

Handbrake on commonwealth grants funding expected to put pressure on universities to cap student enrolments

The federal government will cut $2.2bn from universities predominantly through a two-year freeze in commonwealth grants funding for teaching and learning.

The midyear economic and fiscal outlook unveiled the new measure – which will not require legislation – to replace the $2.8bn package of funding cuts and fee rises in the 2017 budget, which was blocked by the Senate.

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'We have to get used to it': elite New South Wales police get assault rifles – video

New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller, NSW police minister Troy Grant and NSW police deputy commissioner Dave Hudson, speak about the rollout of M4 assault rifles for 50 elite police officers after members of the riot squad completed a 10-day intensive training squad. Grant and Hudson acknowledge people may have concerns but argue the terrorism threat means ‘we need to think differently’

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New Zealand's Northern War: mass grave reveals bodies of British soldiers

Conflict occurred between 1845-46 and was waged by local Maori tribes railing against British rule

The remains of 12 British soldiers who fought in New Zealand’s Northern War have been unearthed in a mass grave 170 years after the final battle.

The Northern War occurred between 1845-46 in New Zealand’s North Island and was waged by local Maori tribes railing against British rule.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/new-zealands-northern-war-mass-grave-reveals-bodies-of-british-soldiers


Rain leakage on WACA pitch throws final day into doubt

PERTH (Reuters) – The start of the final day’s play in the third Ashes test between Australia and England has been delayed after rainwater leaked onto the WACA pitch following heavy overnight showers, raising fears that the match could be abandoned.

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Barry and Honey Sherman deaths: Canada homicide police take over investigation

Deaths of Toronto pharmaceutical magnate and his wife caused by ‘ligature neck compression’, autopsy results show

Toronto homicide detectives have taken over the investigation of the deaths of billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, as authorities identified the couple as the two people found dead in a north Toronto mansion on Friday.

Police called the deaths of the pharmaceutical magnate and his wife suspicious, but on Friday also said there were no signs of forced entry and that they were not looking for any suspect. Homicide Detective Brandon Price told reporters on Saturday that police “cannot say 100% with More Here…

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China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 million in online retailer Vipshop

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese social media firm Tencent Holdings Ltd and e-commerce platform JD.com Inc on Monday said they will jointly invest $863 million in Chinese discount online retailer Vipshop Holdings Ltd .

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Honduran President Hernandez declared winner of Nov. 26 election

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduras’ electoral tribunal on Sunday declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the Nov. 26 presidential election, sparking fraud accusations and calls for renewed street protests after a bitterly disputed contest.

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Paraguay senator with dictatorship ties to run for president

ASUNCION (Reuters) – Paraguayan Senator Mario Abdo Benitez, a lawmaker with ties to a former Paraguayan dictator, won the ruling Colorado Party’s presidential primary on Sunday in a sharp rebuke for President Horacio Cartes, the party’s flagbearer.

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Stage industry survey finds 14% of Australian cast and crew sexually assaulted

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance survey says 40% experienced sexual harassment and 62% were bullied

A Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance survey that found 14% of performers and technicians in Australia’s stage industry had been sexually assaulted is “sobering evidence” of the need for changes in the sector.

The MEAA released some of the findings of the survey on Monday, revealing that 40% of respondents had experienced sexual harassment. The survey found that 11% of those working in the live performance sector had been the victim of a physical assault and 10% had been stalked by someone at work.

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Honduran President Hernandez declared winner of November 26 election

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduras’ electoral tribunal on Sunday declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the Nov. 26 presidential election, sparking calls for renewed street protests after a bitterly disputed contest.

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South Africa's ANC votes to elect successor for party leader Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Battle lines were drawn for South Africa’s ANC on Monday as voting began to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but faced scandals and corruption allegations.

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