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Biden-Putin meeting opens with reporters shoving

A security officer indicates to the media to step back as US President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet for the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva (AP) GENEVA: US President Joe Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin began with minutes of unusually fierce ...

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Floods in Bhutan: Flash floods kill 10 people in Bhutan, seven missing in Nepal | India News

KATHMANDU: Flash floods triggered by heavy rains washed away a remote mountain camp in Bhutan on Wednesday killing 10 people and injuring five, while floods in neighbouring Nepal left seven people missing, authorities said. The Bhutan villagers, who had been collecting cordeyceps, a fungus used in medicine, were sleeping when the floodwaters hit just after midnight. Their camp near Laya, ...

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Researchers tackle mystery of short-sightedness increasing in children

Myopia is on the rise. In the UK, the number of children with myopia has doubled in the last 50 years. Globally, it’s projected that by 2050 half of the world’s population will be myopic. Although myopia—also known as near-sightedness or short-sightedness—can run in families, environmental factors, such as spending too much time indoors have a large influence. For most ...

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Drug reduces deaths for subset of COVID-19 patients in trial

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Preliminary RECOVERY trial results find a monoclonal antibody (MAB) drug by Regeneron reduces the risk of death in a subset of patients with severe COVID-19. The RECOVERY trial has demonstrated that in patients who have not mounted a natural antibody response of their own, the investigational antibody combination developed by Regeneron reduces the risk of death ...

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New study offers insight into how people make aesthetic judgments

Impressionist painting by Worthington Whittredge. Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, L.E. Katzenbach Fund Do you like the thick brush strokes and soft color palettes of an impressionist painting such as those by Claude Monet? Or do you prefer the bold colors and abstract shapes of a Rothko? Individual art tastes have a certain mystique to them, but now a new ...

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Iran field narrows as candidates quit on campaign’s last day

TEHRAN: Iran’s presidential contest headed toward a showdown between the country’s hardline judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief on Wednesday, as two candidates dropped out on the last day of campaigning to clear a path for the challengers. Mohsen Mehralizadeh, the only reformist candidate in the vote, as well as hardline contender Alireza Zakani withdrew from the race, ...

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FDA approval of controversial Alzheimer’s drug could delay discovery of more promising treatments

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by progressive memory loss, spatial disorientation and many other cognitive and behavioural disorders that ultimately lead to a state of total dependence. Credit: Shutterstock The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved aducanumab, the first treatment that aims to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But approval of the drug has provoked mixed reactions from ...

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