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U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

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SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations Command has approved the South Korean government's plan to remove landmines on the North and South Korean border areas, VOA reported on Wednesday. North and South Korean authorities started removing landmines along the border this week as part of the process to ease military tensions, agreed in the third inter-Korean summit. "Consistent with the spirit of the U.N. Armistice Agreement, as well as the recent Comprehensive Agreement between North and South Korea, the United Nations Command authorized the current demining efforts ongoing at the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom," U.N. Command's public affairs officer Chad Carroll was quoted as saying the VOA report. He added that the United States Forces in South Korea will aid South Korean Army engine...
FDA approves first drug to treat rare corneal eye condition

FDA approves first drug to treat rare corneal eye condition

Health
Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first medication to treat a rare eye disease affecting the cornea. Dompe farmaceutici SpA, an Italian bio-pharmaceutical company, can market and sell the brand name drug Oxervate to treat neurotrophic keratitis in the United States, the FDA said in a release Wednesday. The drug was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2017. "While the prevalence of neurotrophic keratitis is low, the impact of this serious condition on an individual patient can be devastating," Dr. Wiley Chambers, an ophthalmologist in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a press release. "In the past, it has often been necessary to turn to surgical interventions; these treatments are usually only palliative in this disease." ...
Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

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Israel has approved a controversial law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people - leading to accusations that it discriminates against Arabs. The Jewish Nation-State Bill, passed just after the state marked the 70th anniversary of its birth, was hailed as a "defining moment in the annals of Zionism" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.But critics, including many Arabs, however, said it was racist and discriminatory, planting the seeds of an "apartheid state".The law, backed by the right-wing government, was passed with a 62-55 vote and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament, after months of political argument.Some Arab MPs shouted and ripped up papers after the vote.The bill enshrines Hebrew as the only official language of the state, stripp...
FDA approves first non-opioid withdrawal treatment

FDA approves first non-opioid withdrawal treatment

Health
May 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it's approved for the first time a non-opioid drug for treatment of opioid withdrawal. The FDA said the drug Lucemyra, made by US WorldMeds, can be used as part of a long-term treatment for managing opioid use disorder. It treats narcotic withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, muscle aches, diarrhea, anxiety, sleep problems and sweats. "We're dedicated to encouraging innovative approaches to help mitigate the physiological challenges presented when patients discontinue opioids," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. "We know that the physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal can be one of the biggest barriers for patients seeking help and ultimately overcoming addiction." In 2016, two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in...
State Dept. approves $1.2B sale of helicopters, missiles to Mexico

State Dept. approves $1.2B sale of helicopters, missiles to Mexico

Business
April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Mexico for MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters, and missiles, radars and machine guns to go with them.The deal, announced Friday by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, is worth $ 1.2 billion and requires Congressional approval before the contract is finalized. Members of Congress were notified of the potential foreign military sale last week.DSCA says the Government of Mexico requested the purchase of eight MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters, equipped with specific mechanical specifications and on-board technology systems designed for advanced targeting and night operations.Moreover, Mexico requested 10 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, five AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training miss...