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Israeli-American novelist laments Gaza deaths, sees hope in resistance

Israeli-American novelist laments Gaza deaths, sees hope in resistance

World
"Shattered in an unsurprised way.” That’s the reaction of Arabic-speaking Israeli-American author Moriel Rothman-Zecher to the paroxysm of violence along the Gaza border this past week, in which Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians amid a mass protest largely against the controversial U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. Shattered, because of the deaths -- the Palestinian Health Ministry pegs the toll at 60 at least -- but unsurprised, as this recent violence must feel to Rothman-Zecher as though it erupted right from the pages of his just-released novel, Sadness is a White Bird. Rothman-Zecher says he sees his characters in the recent clashes: the Israeli soldier who narrates the book in a wild plea, the Palestinian friend to whom the agony is addressed. “I&rsquo...
May calls for inquiry into 'tragic' Gaza deaths

May calls for inquiry into 'tragic' Gaza deaths

World
Theresa May has called for an inquiry into the "tragic" deaths in Gaza as Israel faced growing condemnation over its killing of dozens of Palestinians. The prime minister urged Israel to "show restraint" after soldiers shot dead two more Palestinians near the border on Tuesday.Monday was the deadliest day in the region since the 2014 Gaza war, as 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 wounded amid protests over the US embassy's move to Jerusalem.At a UN Security Council meeting, Palestine insisted Israel had committed a war crime by firing at the protesters, while Hamas - the rulers of Gaza - was accused of using civilians as "human shields". Image: More than 60 Palestinians have been killed in violent clashes on the Gaza border ...
Single PSA test not effective at reducing prostate cancer deaths, study says

Single PSA test not effective at reducing prostate cancer deaths, study says

Health
March 9 (UPI) -- Researchers found a single PSA blood test had no benefit in reducing prostate caner in a large study conducted in Britain.The prostate-specific antigen test increased detection of low-risk prostate cancer but there was no significant difference in mortality after 10 years, according to findings published this weeky in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Researchers studied 419,582 men from 573 primary care practices in the Britain between 2001 and March 2016. Current policy in the United Kingdom doesn't advocate screening.In the United States, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against the screening for men who do not have symptoms because of false positives or false negatives, as well as anxiety and unnecessary biopsies. The task force is part ...
Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths

Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths

Technology
Crypto-currencies are killing people in a "fairly direct way", Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said.He was referring to the way digital currencies like Bitcoin are used to buy drugs like synthetic opioid fentanyl.In an "ask me anything" session on news website Reddit, he said that the anonymity of digital currencies meant they were linked to terrorist funding and money laundering.Some criticised him, saying he was ill-informed about the technology.Asked by one user for his opinion on the technology, Mr Gates replied: "The main feature of crypto-currencies is their anonymity. I don't think this is a good thing. The government's ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing."Right now, crypto-currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so...
16 new reports of child deaths from flu since last week

16 new reports of child deaths from flu since last week

Health
The rate of hospitalizations for the flu has hit the highest levels seen since health officials started recording this data in 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- another sign that this flu season could be among the worst in more than a decade. CDC officials said today there are likely several weeks to go in this killer season, in which the deaths of 53 children from the flu have already been reported. Sixteen of those deaths were reported in this week’s update. “This season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the nation’s greatest public health challenges,” acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a press briefing today. “This week, we have seen increased [influenza-like illness] activity, more hospitalizations and more flu-associated de