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At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

World
The number of dead in Beirut's huge explosion has risen to at least 135, with around 5,000 injured and tens of people still missing.The rise was announced by health minister Hamad Hassan as rescuers continued a desperate search for survivors. Up to 300,000 people have been left homeless and families are still counting the casualties and searching for the dead.A two-week state of emergency in Beirut was also announced by Lebanon's cabinet, handing control of security in the capital to the military, as the disaster is investigated.The cabinet has ordered port officials involved in storing or guarding ammonium nitrate since 2014 to be put under house arrest. ...
Texas Rangers’ Corey Kluber to miss at least four weeks due to shoulder injury

Texas Rangers’ Corey Kluber to miss at least four weeks due to shoulder injury

Sports
July 27 (UPI) -- Texas Rangers pitcher and two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber could miss the remainder of the season because of a right shoulder injury. The team announced Monday that Kluber underwent an MRI, which revealed a Grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle in the back of his right shoulder. The club said he will be shut down from throwing for at least four weeks and will move to the injured list. Advertisement "It's a blow, there is no getting around it," Rangers President and general manager Jon Daniels told reporters Monday. "Felt like he was in a really good spot, had no physical issues at all. In talking to him today, he feels better than he has in years physically. No indication that this was coming. He was throwing the ball really well." Daniels said...
At least 3 feet of social distancing likely reduces COVID-19 spread, study confirms

At least 3 feet of social distancing likely reduces COVID-19 spread, study confirms

Health
June 1 (UPI) -- Staying at least 1 meter -- just over 3 feet -- from other people, as well as wearing face coverings and eye protection, is the best way to prevent spread of COVID-19, an analysis published Monday by The Lancet has found. Two meters -- about 6 1/2 feet -- is preferred, said researchers who conducted the study to assist the World Health Organization prepare pandemic guidance. Advertisement They said, however, that none of the approaches studied -- including social distancing and face coverings -- provides complete protection from the disease caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. "Our findings are the first to synthesize all direct information on COVID-19, SARS, and MERS, and provide the currently best available evidence on the optimum use of these common and simple int...

Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31

Health
Canada’s transport minister says large cruises will continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemicByThe Associated PressMay 29, 2020, 9:57 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleOTTAWA, Ontario -- Large cruise ships will continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's transport minister announced Friday. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the order applies to cruise ships with overnight accommodations and more than 100 passengers and crew. The move extends and expands an order issued in mid-March that barred ships with more than 500 passengers from Canadian waters until July. Smaller ships will be
Italy’s genetic diversity goes back at least 19,000 years, study says

Italy’s genetic diversity goes back at least 19,000 years, study says

Science
May 22 (UPI) -- Italy has been a genetic melting pot for almost 20,000 years, according to a new study. Nowhere else in Europe hosts a greater mix of genetic heritage. In addition to the deep history of the region's genetic diversity, dating to the Late Glacial Maximum, the genomic survey of modern and ancient Italians showed people in the north and south of Italy have evolved unique genetic characteristics in response to the divergent environmental conditions. The genetic peculiarities of the people of those two regions at least partially explain why these populations a reduced risk of kidney inflammation, certain skin cancers, diabetes and obesity -- all of which favor a longer lifespan. Pockets of Italy are often included on lists of so-called "blue zones," places and populations char...