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No more changes to Nations Cup venues say CAF

South Africa's Lebogang Manyama is challenged by Burkina Faso's Daila Pierre at the soccer city stadium in SowetoThe Confederation of African Football have ruled out any more venue changes for next weeks African Nations Cup qualifiers in the wake of requests by several countries to move matches following the Ebola virus outbreak and stadium violence in Algeria. CAF had previously ordered Guinea and Sierra Leone to move their qualifiers on the advice of health authorities but said in a statement on Thursday there would be no more changes. The two west Africa countries are at the epicentre of the Ebola virus outbreak, which has claimed more than 1,500 deaths. In recent days, Cameroon, Congo, Mali and Tunisia have asked CAF to move matches in which they are involved but their requests have been rejected.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:32:38 -0400
Australia seeks Thai help for Aussie couples, surrogate babies

Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome, is fed by his surrogate mother at a hospital in Chonburi provinceBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Australia urged Thailand on Friday to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children following a crackdown on commercial surrogacy that has left many couples in limbo. Foreigners attempting to leave Thailand, a top destination for infertile couples wanting children, have been prevented from doing so in recent weeks following a spate of surrogacy scandals that have shone a spotlight on Thailand's largely unregulated "wombs for hire" business of commercial surrogacy. "For those who are caught by these transitional arrangements it is obviously a matter of some high concern and we wish to find a fair and workable means of resolving this issue," Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told a news conference in Bangkok on Friday. "I'm confident that we will be able to find a practical way forward that respects the best interest of the child and the birth mother," said Varghese, adding there are 200 Australian surrogacy cases in Thailand each year.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:05:34 -0400
Ebola fears halt rotations of Sierra Leone forces into Somalia

Sierra Leone, which is battling to contain the deadly Ebola virus, will stop new rotations of its U.N.-led forces into Somalia for now as authorities move to establish safeguards, Somalia's president said on Monday. Sierra Leone is one of the key countries contributing troops to the Africa Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is helping battle Islamic militant al Shabaab insurgents there. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, speaking to reporters during the African leaders' summit in Washington, said there would be no new rotations of Sierra Leone's forces until proper procedures were in place. "AMISOM (will) stop the rotation of the Sierra Leone battalion so that new soldiers won't arrive into Somalia unless we provide a means to ensure" that people arriving are unaffected, he said.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:51:46 -0400
Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, poses in an exam room in Urbana, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Extra health checks are part of protocols campuses throughout the United States have in place as they prepare for as many as 10,000 students from Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where more than 1,000 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak in history. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate their campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:37:49 -0400
Takeda, Lilly lose bid to overturn $9 billion award for hiding cancer risk

Yasuchika Hasegawa, next chairman and current CEO and president of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., speaks during a news conference in Tokyo(Reuters) - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and Eli Lilly & Co lost a bid to overturn a combined $9 billion punitive damage award by a U.S. "Plaintiffs have pointed to sufficient evidence from which the jury could have concluded that the 'information' about bladder cancer contained in Actos labels did not adequately warn of the increased risk of cancer," U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty of the Western District of Louisiana said on Wednesday. The development is a setback for Takeda but leaves open the possibility of a retrial or reduced verdict, for which Japan's top drugmaker made a separate appeal in April.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:16:08 -0400
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