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Obesity to be classed as disability, top EU judge rules

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​Overweight staff may be provided with larger office chairs, lifts and priority parking by their employers, following a European court judgment on Thursday. The chief legal adviser to the European Court of Justice, Niilo Jaaskinen, said it was ‘unlawful’ to discriminate against a person if their weight affects their work, as they would technically be... 

Ebola outbreak kills 603 in West Africa

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Health workers putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea on June 28, 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603. The UN health agency said on Tuesday that officials recorded 85 new cases, including 68 fatal, from July 8-12. Some 52 fatalities... 

Indiana stores babies’ DNA for research without parental consent

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The Indiana State Department of Health has been collecting babies’ blood and DNA without their parents’ permission since 1991, according to an investigation by a local news station. Now the state wants to know what to do with the blood samples. When a baby is born in Indiana, as with other states, the state conducts a newborn screening test. A nurse or... 

Germany wins 2014 FIFA World Cup after victory over Argentina

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Germany has claimed a fourth World Cup crown in a 1-0 win against Argentina after extra time in the final in Rio de Janeiro. Substitute Mario Goetze was the hero, as he scored the only goal with seven minutes to go. With that triumph Germany has become the first European nation to win the trophy outside of their home continent, which led to jubilant scenes... 

Canada lost 9400 jobs in June alone, unemployment rising

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Canada’s unemployment rate has edged up to 7.1 percent as government data showed the economy unexpectedly shed thousands of jobs in June. Canada’s jobless rate increased to 7.1 percent from 7.0 percent in May, marking the highest record in six months, Statistics Canada reported on Friday. Economic growth also fell below expectations as the country shed... 

Brits pessimistic about Cameron’s EU reforms

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British people are pessimistic about Prime Minister David Cameron’s ability to achieve reforms to the European Union that he promised earlier, a new poll shows. The newly-released results of a YouGov poll, conducted on June 26, showed that 42 percent of Britons do not believe the EU will be prepared to hand back any powers to member states, while another... 

“Global Warming”: Coldest Antarctic June ever recorded

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Temperature was 11.9F degrees lower than normal. Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station. According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c... 

Sunscreen use in childhood prevents skin cancer in adults

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A recent study has unraveled that consistent use of sunscreen in infancy and childhood could avert risk of developing skin cancer. The study conducted by the researchers at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute showed that the incidence of malignant melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer could be reduced by the use of sunscreen in childhood. The... 

Brazil’s six minutes of nightmare

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The humiliating defeat of Brazil in the World Cup against Germany – 7:1 – was dubbed “historic” and significantly downgraded the rating of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s as a candidacy for second presidential mandate. After the match, riots sparked throughout the country; football fans were clashing with police and looting... 

Scientists translate 66 chimpanzee gestures

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Studying footage of chimpanzees from Uganda between 2007 and 2009, scientists have arrived at translations for 66 gestures used between the apes as means of communication. Previous research had revealed that the animals use gestures to communicate. The authors from the University of St Andrews in Scotland said the messages ranged from “simple requests... 

Spanish mayor charged for setting town ablaze

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A Spanish mayor has been charged for setting a town on fire after ignoring a fireworks ban. The illegal pyrotechnics resulted in a massive hillside blaze, which forced some residents of the town to evacuate from their homes. Despite a ban, which had been implemented because of an extremely high risk of forest fires, Mayor Ernesto Sanjuan gave the go ahead for... 

Children should be read to from infancy

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Parents should start reading to their children from infancy as means of propelling them towards literacy, says the US largest pediatric group. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued the directive as part of its new policy on Tuesday. The measure, the group said, can enhance child development and prepare young minds for early language and reading ability. “You’re... 

Evacuations ordered as Hurricane Arthur approaches US East Coast

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There were no immediate reports of injuries and some counties reported only minimal damage. Hurricane Arthur has stormed its way through the US East Coast, marking the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season. Hitting North Carolina’s coast along with Boston and the state of Maryland, the hurricane has left thousands of people without power. Dare... 

US Quarantine Area ‘nothing more than piece of yellow tape’

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A U.S. Border Patrol union representative says understaffing and poorly equipped, unsanitary facilities are making the general public more susceptible to the myriad diseases accompanying the wave of illegal aliens currently bypassing the US-Mexico border. Following the documentation of two H1N1 virus cases among illegal minors being held in south Texas facilities,... 

MERS-CoV is deadly but mostly preventable – WHO

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) seen under an electron microscope. A UN health official says most of the confirmed cases of Respiratory Syndrome Corona-Virus (MERS-CoV) could have been prevented as infection rates for the virus are slowing. Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Keiji Fukuda said on Thursday... 
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