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CDC: Suicide rates rose 30% across nation since 1999

CDC: Suicide rates rose 30% across nation since 1999

Health
June 7 (UPI) -- Suicide rates have risen 30 percent nationwide in less than two decades, data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide, the 10th leading cause of death, the federal agency said. The CDC examined state-level trends from 1999 to two years ago, finding that rates have risen in 44 states, including 25 states with gains more than 30 percent. The information is available in the latest VitalSigns report. "Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans -- and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country," Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, said in a news release. "From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals,...
Colombians to elect new president in first vote since FARC deal

Colombians to elect new president in first vote since FARC deal

World
May 27 (UPI) -- Colombians went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president in the first national vote since the government signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebel group. Ivan Duque of the conservative Centro Democrático Party and Gustavo Petro of the left-wing Colombia Humana Party are the frontrunners to replace the outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos after the end of his second and final term in office. Polls suggest neither candidate is likely to garner the 50 percent of the vote necessary to win the election, which would prompt a run-off election on June 17. Three other candidates, including the city of Medellin's mayor, Sergio Fajardo, former housing minister German Vargas Lleras and government peace negotiator Humberto de la Calle, also appear on the ballot. Former ...
Polls open in first Iraq election since IS defeat

Polls open in first Iraq election since IS defeat

World
Voters across Iraq are going to the polls for the first national election since the country declared victory over Islamic State. Almost 7,000 candidates from dozens of political alliances are competing for 329 parliamentary seats.Prime Minister Haider al Abadi facing stiff competition from parties with closer ties to Iran, which holds considerable military and economic sway in the country.Despite overseeing the defeat of the terrorist group, whose fighters overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory just weeks after he took office in the summer of 2014, Mr Abadi has failed to emerge as the clear favourite due to entrenched corruption and an economic downturn. Image: (L-R) Nouri al Maliki, Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and cleric M...
Arsenal FC news: Arsene Wenger reveals he has been inundated with job offers since announcement of Gunners exit

Arsenal FC news: Arsene Wenger reveals he has been inundated with job offers since announcement of Gunners exit

Sports
Arsene Wenger has no plans to retire when he leaves ArsenalTuesday, May 8, 2018Arsene Wenger has revealed he has been inundated with job offers, but insists he has not decided where he will work after Arsenal.The 68-year-old Frenchman will leave the north London club after 22 years in charge at the end of the season.And while he is no mood to retire, he admitted he has been surprised with the number and variety of job offers. He said: "Yes. More than I expected!"While confirming he does not want to become a full-time football pundit, he claimed he favoured being on the training ground and explained he will take time to consider his next move.Wenger explained: "At the moment I focus on doing my job well. I didn’t analyse anything or consider anything. I want to work well until the las...