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Israeli police recommend charging Netanyahu in corruption cases

Israeli police recommend charging Netanyahu in corruption cases

World
Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two corruption investigations, a move that could lead to the first indictments after months of corruption investigations focusing on the prime minister and his family. Israeli police said in a statement they had "sufficient evidence" against the prime minister in both cases "for the offense of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust." Israeli police alleged Netanyahu received at least 1 million shekels, around $ 283,000, in lavish gifts and bribes. Case 1,000 alleges that Netanyahu accepted gifts from wealthy patrons in return for advancing their interests. In so-called Case 2,000, Netanyahu is accused of striking a deal with Israel's second largest newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, to provide h...
Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases

Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases

Science
Researchers in London have developed scanning techniques that show what is written on the papyrus that mummy cases are made from. These are the decorated boxes into which the wrapped body of the deceased was placed before it was put in a tomb. They are made from scraps of papyrus which were used by ancient Egyptians for shopping lists or tax returns. The technology is giving historians a new insight into everyday life in ancient Egypt. The hieroglyphics found on the walls of the tombs of the Pharaohs show how the rich and powerful wanted to be portrayed. It was the propaganda of its time. The new technique gives Egyptologists access to the real story of Ancient Egypt, according to Prof Adam Gibson of University College London, who led the project."Because the waste papyrus was used to mak...
Flu cases climb, but worst is likely yet to come

Flu cases climb, but worst is likely yet to come

Health
Influenza is on the rise across the country, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. But experts anticipate that the worst of the season is not yet upon us. Officials at the CDC said physician encounters for flu-like symptoms – which are closely correlated to actual flu diagnoses – have risen sharply from last week. The fevers, coughs and sore throats for which the infection is known are now especially high in 10 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. “Influenza seems to be extraordinarily widespread in the United States,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease and public health expert at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. “This is a little bit unusual for flu,” he added
Shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in England

Shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in England

Health
Cases of shingles have reduced by 35% in England since a vaccine was offered to 70-year-olds, Public Health England says.But it is urging more people in their 70s to get their free injection against the painful condition.They are most at risk of shingles and more likely to develop complications, such as severe nerve pain.Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus and results in a nasty skin rash and fever.The vaccine programme started in England in 2013 and 5.5m people were eligible for the free single injection over the first three years.A report in the Lancet Journal of Public Health on how much difference the jab has made between 2013 and 2016 found that roughly 17,000 GP visits for shingles had been avoided.And another 3,300 consultations were avoided for one of th...
Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

Health
A hospital failed to spot cases of lung cancer because it did not check patients' chest X-rays properly, the Care Quality Commission has found.The health watchdog found that three patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth suffered "significant harm". It emerged that junior doctors complained they had been asked to carry out specialist radiology work without the appropriate training.The CQC has now launched a review of NHS radiology services in England.All NHS bodies have been instructed to provide details about their backlogs, turnaround times, staffing and arrangements for routine reporting of images.Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said it had made an unreserved apology to the families of the three patients, two of whom have died.During their visit in July, CQC inspectors also fou...