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By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's new chief executive announced plans on Wednesday to narrow the focus of the group's drug research by ditching more than 30 drug projects to improve returns in its core pharmaceuticals business. Emma Walmsley, who took over in April, said GSK would in future allocate 80 percent of its R&D budget to respiratory and HIV/infectious diseases, along with two other potential areas of oncology and immuno-inflammation.
The US state of Ohio ended its three-year moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday, using a new drug cocktail that included a controversial sedative to execute a convicted child murderer and rapist. Ronald Phillips, 43, was put to death by lethal injection, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said. Phillips was 19 years old in 1993 when he was convicted of raping and killing three-year-old Sheila Marie Evans, his then-girlfriend's daughter.
President Donald Trump has announced on Twitter that transgender citizens will not be allowed to serve in the US military, saying that the armed forces "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption" of transgender people. After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 ....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 ....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 The announcement reverses an Obama-era policy. "This legalises discrimination," said Ben Cardin, a Democrat senator for Maryland. "We should be focused instead on winning wars." Joe Biden, the former vice president, reacted with dismay. Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 26, 2017 John McCain, the elder statesman of the Republican party, chairman of the armed services committee and a former Vietnam prisoner of war, criticised Mr Trump's announcement, describing it as "yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter." He said the statement was "unclear", and added: "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving." Any American who meets current medical & readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving - my full stmt: https://t.co/6rHm5OWQzc— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 26, 2017 Chelsea Manning, the world's most famous transgender soldier, who was released from prison for leaking documents to Wikileaks, tweeted that Mr Trump's move sounded "like cowardice". She said that the military had "always been a social experiment as much as a fighting force". so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people �� but funds the F-35? �� sounds like cowardice ������ #WeGotThis— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) July 26, 2017 In response to one Twitter user, with the account "We are Trump", Miss Manning tweeted sarcastically about wanting to throw her in prison. so not only do you want to ban trans people, now you want to throw us in prison ?? sounds familiar �� https://t.co/11s6C7VUS8— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) July 26, 2017 And Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic athlete who has been Mr Trump's most high-profile transgender supporter, accused the president of reneging on his campaign promises. There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017 Sarah Huckerbee Sanders, the White House press secretary, denied that Mr Trump had gone back on his promise to support LGBTQ communities. "This was a decision about military readiness," she said. "I think the president has made very clear he is committed to fighting for all Americans. "This was about military cohesion and nothing more." She added that it was "a decision based on what was best for the military and military cohesion, and on the advice of his national security team." Sarah Sanders doesn’t have answers for transgender people serving in the military 01:39 Pressed repeatedly, she was unable to say what it meant for the thousands of transgender service members currently on active duty. "Sometimes you have to make decisions," was her reply. A Trump administration source told Axios, a political news website, that the announcement was made to draw political battle lines. Just spoke to a Trump administration official about the transgender military decision. Here's what they said... pic.twitter.com/eOWdvlxTfd— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 26, 2017 One year ago the Pentagon lifted the ban on transgender personnel already in uniform, and established the conditions and timeline by which new applicants could join either through enlistment or as officer candidates. "The Defense Department's current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions," said Ash Carter, Mr Obama's defence secretary, in July 2015. "At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they're able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite. "Moreover, we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines - real, patriotic Americans - who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that's contrary to our value of service and individual merit." trump's America Puff The department of defence was given a July 1 deadline to set out the timeline. Mr Trump's announcement now cancels that policy. The president described himself as a "real friend" of the LGBTQ community, on the campaign trail in 2016. Trump to LGBT community in 2016: 'I'm a real friend' https://t.co/Hizry2npZzpic.twitter.com/qjFAWaQA17— CNN International (@cnni) July 26, 2017 But he has been inconsistent in his views. In April 2016 he said that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” but later said the issue should be “left up to the states.” That angered Caitlyn Jenner, who is Mr Trump's highest-profile transgender backer. In June 2016, at his first campaign rally since the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, he attempted to portray himself as a better friend of LGBTQ Americans than Hillary Clinton, in part because of his opposition to immigration from Middle Eastern countries. “We want to live in a country where gay and lesbian Americans and all Americans are safe from radical Islam, which, by the way, wants to murder and has murdered gays and they enslave women,” he said. “We don’t know who they are, where they’re coming from, there’s no documentation. “Crooked Hillary wants to increase these immigration numbers very, very substantially. “She’s no friend of women. And she’s no friend of LGBT Americans. No friend, believe me.” But in office that changed. In June this year he became the first president since 1999 not to mark Pride Month. And has made no secret of his scepticism of Mr Obama's decision regarding the military. In May Jim Mattis, the defence secretary, distributed a document to military leaders allowing them to voice their concerns. The memo was carefully crafted to explain that plans would proceed "unless they cause readiness problems that could lessen our ability to fight, survive and win on the battlefield." The army and the Marines have put up the strongest resistance, according to Military Times. The defence department estimates that as many as 7,000 transgender troops serve in the active-duty force of 1.3 million. Their future is now unclear. Mr Mattis's predecessor sought to define accommodations for them, but he encountered significant internal resistance among civilian staff who believed the military's uniformed leadership did not support the change, a former Pentagon official told Military Times recently. At its most extreme, this individual said, there were calls to require transgender troops to wear bathing suits while using communal showers.
Surveying the rocky no-man's land on Lebanon's eastern border with Syria, Hezbollah fighters recalled the "difficult" battle they fought to recapture much of the terrain from militants. The Lebanese Shiite movement has waged a five-day offensive across the scraggy landscape known as Jurud Arsal to oust what it says are ex-Al-Qaeda Syrian jihadists. On Wednesday, Hezbollah brought journalists to its positions overlooking the last pocket of enemy territory.
By Aziz El Yaakoubi DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain put another nine groups based in Yemen and Libya and nine people from several Arab countries on the blacklist, saying all were associated with Qatar. "(The new list) comes as a disappointing surprise that the blockading countries are still pursuing this story as part of their smear campaign against Qatar," Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, director of the Gulf kingdom's Government Communications Office, said in a statement sent to Reuters.
When Evelyn Lee was applying to colleges as a high school senior, she knew that she would need financial aid to be able to afford to go. At 108 questions, the FAFSA is longer than a 1040 tax form, with questions about student and parent income, savings, family make up, number of students in college and more. "It can seem terribly intrusive , and it can be confusing," says Peter Van Buskirk, former dean of admission at Franklin & Marshall College and founder and president of Best College Fit.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday welcomed Israel's removal of metal detectors from a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site but said it was "not enough". Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after an attack on July 14 that killed two policemen. "Israel took the right step to remove the metal detectors to help lower tension," Erdogan said.
In a ruling which could have far-reaching consequences for how the European Union deals with migrants in future, the European Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld the right of member states to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU country they enter. The ruling amounted to an effective rejection of Angela Merkel’s controversial “open-door” refugee policy, which saw more than one million asylum-seekers flood into Germany. The court ruled that the EU’s Dublin regulations, under which refugees must seek asylum in the first member state they enter, still apply despite the unprecedented influx of 2015. In doing so, the court ignored the advice of Eleanor Sharpston, its British advocate-general, who warned that the system could leave border states “unable to cope”. The court ruled on the cases of two Afghan sisters and a Syrian man who entered the EU during the 2015 crisis. The Jafari sisters, Khadija and Zainab, entered the EU through Croatia after fleeing Afghanistan with their children. At the time, Mrs Merkel had opened Germany’s borders to migrants and Austria was operating a similar policy. Croatia allowed the sisters and their children to cross its territory in order to reach one of the two countries. Peter Foster talks about Merkel's migrant crisis one year on 01:52 They claimed asylum in Austria, but the Austrian government later reversed its position and returned the families to Croatia, ordering them to seek asylum there. The sisters challenged the decision, arguing they should be given asylum in Austria as they had been allowed to cross Croatia and had not entered its territory illegally. In a second case, an unnamed Syrian man challenged his deportation from Slovenia to Croatia under similar circumstances. The court rejected the challenges, ruling that the fact Croatia had allowed the migrants to cross its territory did not mean the Dublin rules had been waived. The ruling will be welcomed in central European countries like Austria and Slovenia, where there is considerable political resistance to letting in more migrants. But it will cause concern in the countries where most migrants first enter the EU, Italy and Greece, which complain the system leaves them to shoulder too much of the burden. FAQ | Dublin Regulation The court’s decision was unexpected, after the judges took the unusual step of ignoring the advice of the advocate-general. In a written opinion issued last month, Ms Sharpston warned that the Dublin system “was simply not designed to cover such exceptional circumstances”. “If border member states, such as Croatia, are deemed to be responsible for accepting and processing exceptionally high numbers of asylum-seekers, there is a real risk that they will simply be unable to cope with the situation,” she wrote. While the ruling will be seen as a victory by many in central Europe, Hungary and Slovakia suffered a setback in a separate case over EU quotas for sharing asylum-seekers between member states. In an opinion presented to the court, Yves Bot, another advocate-general, said the court should reject a bid by the two countries to have the quota system overturned.
Dwanya Hickerson, 21, "lost it" after learning Dee Whigham, 25, had been born a man. Mississippi's Jacksonville Circuit Court heard that he knifed Ms Whigham multiple times in the face and slashed her throat in a hotel room before showering and leaving her for dead. The hospital nurse picked him up at the gates of Keesler Air Force Base, where he was training to be a weather forecaster, and drove them to her hotel, the court heard.
One of the prominent members of the loose-knit alt-right movement in the US has been given a lesson from a very sassy historian in the UK. Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of alt-right conspiracy site Infowars, got a free educational tale on ancient Rome by English historian Mike Stuchbery. SEE ALSO: Meet the guy who pranked Infowars into publishing fake Trump news Watson posted a tweet slamming the BBC for portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse: Let's just say that Stuchbery didn't spare words in his long, sassy reply: He started off explaining why Roman Britain was actually very ethnically diverse: There are several reports of "moors" along with (modern-day) Iraqi and Syrian soldiers on Hadrian's Wall, noted Stuchbery. Also, every camp in the province would have a settlement where wives, kids, slaves and tradespeople lived. Many of the inhabitants would travel with the legion, he added. Governors deployed to Britannia would take slaves with them from anywhere in the Empire, Stuchbery added. And London was particularly diverse: Stuchbery also reported that people from southern Mediterranean, North Africa, and Rome lived in Britain: It seems that Paul Joseph Watson needs to go back to school to study history. And Stuchbery got some well-earned praise from the undisputed Queen of Twitter, J. K. Rowling: WATCH: Filmmakers tried to use hilarious code words to keep 'The Avengers' under wraps
In the world of dating apps, there's playing the long game, and then there's straight-up procrastinating. One pair of college students have found fame after dilly-dallying for three long years on Tinder, messaging back and forth without ever actually meeting up. But, at long last, they've met in person. Live on TV. Michelle and Josh achieved viral fame earlier this month, after Josh tweeted screen shots of their three-year long running gag of late replies to each other. Tinder caught wind of the pair's procrastination and even offered to pay for the pair to go on a date. The pair have FINALLY met for the first time on Good Morning America in front of millions of viewers and it was every bit as awkward as you can imagine. As the two hugged, they both giggled nervously. "It is so good to finally meet you," said Josh. "I'm blushing like crazy," he added. After the show, the pair headed off to Maui, Hawaii, for their casual first proper date.
The Philippines tried Wednesday to reassure Southeast Asian neighbours about its proposal to partner with Beijing in oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea, promising to consult them on any plans. President Rodrigo Duterte has softened his predecessor's policy opposing China's claims -- which expand to nearly the entire sea -- causing alarm among neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, which also hold partial claims. On Monday Duterte said his government was in talks with China over joint drilling for natural resources in the sea, reversing years of tensions.
Dr. Edward tells The Doctors about a two-year-old beagle named Rex who chased a rabbit in a park and returned to his owner with a bloody nose. Initially, the owner and vet failed to see the underlying issue and put little Rex on medications. When bleeding persisted, a CT scan revealed the dog had a 5-inch long stick lodged in his nose! Thankfully, they successfully removed the stick and Rex is doing much better.
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards (137 meters) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, U.S. officials said. The last major incident was earlier in January, though there have been instances when a U.S. vessel fired a flare as well as an event in March when a U.S. Navy ship was forced to change course after multiple fast-attack vessels from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard came too close. In a statement, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said the patrol craft, named Thunderbolt, fired the warning shots in front of the Iranian vessel after it ignored radio calls, flares and the ship's whistle.
Summer is here and the time is right to go overboard with summer squash recipes! One of my go-to summer meals is the zucchini boat, which can best be described as a sort of “flatbread” with a long slice of zucchini standing in for crust. Unlike a real boat, zucchini boats are extremely budget-friendly. This first boat resembles garlic bread, but with zucchini subbing in for the bread.
A North Carolina woman has told authorities she returned home from work recently to find her seven-year-old daughter covered in blood, claiming to have been sexually assaulted. The girl told her mother she had been assaulted by Brentley Jason Breyers, the man she refers to as “father,” according to police. The woman told authorities she had left her four children with Mr Bryers on Friday morning while she went to work.
With Adam Rawnsley Facts, secrets, and Tweets. President Donald Trump appears to have declassified a CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels during a furious round of Tweets attacking the Washington Post on Monday night. The president, who previously disclosed classified information to Russian government officials in the Oval Office, (and in another slip-up confirmed ...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants.
The family of an eighth-grade boy who was abused by his teacher say the school threatened to paddle him as punishment for “spreading rumours”. Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 for sex crimes against the student, who is thought to be 15 years old. The teenager, who has not been identified, was allegedly told to “keep his mouth closed” by Marty Webb, the Principal of the high school he attended in Oklahoma.
By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday fielded questions alone on stage after his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to show up for a debate between the two. Odinga, who is the flagbearer for the National Super Alliance coalition, said his top priorities if elected in the Aug. 8 general election would be to lower food prices and rent and tackle youth unemployment. "This law is meant to protect the poor from exploitation by the landlords," Odinga said.