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US says it will not join Christchurch Call against online terror

US says it will not join Christchurch Call against online terror

World
The US has declined to join an international initiative aimed at tackling the spread of terror online.The White House said on Wednesday it supported the Christchurch Call's aims but was "not in a position to join", citing the need for freedom of speech.The comments came as five of the world's biggest tech companies pledged to tackle extremist material.The Christchurch Call was launched in response to a deadly terror attack that was live streamed on Facebook.The March attack launched by a lone gunman on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch left 51 people dead.What is the Christchurch Call? The Christchurch Call is a voluntary commitment by governments and tech companies to improve their efforts to tackle extremist c...
MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

Health
A number of MPs are calling on a drug company to make a "life-changing" treatment affordable to UK patients.Citing a BBC Newsnight report, MPs across several parties have written to BioMarin, which markets Kuvan but did not initially discover it. The drug, which helps people who have PKU - a rare inherited disorder - is currently not available to NHS patients, as it costs £70,000.BioMarin says the NHS has not accepted its "very competitive" offer.People with PKU (phenylketonuria) - which affects between one in 10,000 and one in 14,000 people in England - cannot properly digest the amino acid phenylalanine. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are broken down by the body to make our own proteins. But in people with PKU the levels build up, an