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Suu Kyi payments claimed as Myanmar junta raises pressure

Suu Kyi payments claimed as Myanmar junta raises pressure

World
A Myanmar construction magnate with links to military rulers has claimed he personally gave more than half a million dollars in cash to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a broadcast on state television aimed at discrediting the ousted civilian governmentByThe Associated PressMarch 18, 2021, 9:59 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMANDALAY, Myanmar -- A Myanmar construction magnate with links to military rulers said he personally gave more than half a million dollars in cash to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a broadcast on state television aimed at discrediting the ousted civilian government.The statement by Maung Waik could pave the way for more serious charges against Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the Feb. 1 military takeover while security forces...
High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

Health
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Women with a history of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy show signs of significant changes in the structure and function of their hearts 10 years after childbirth, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Among those who experienced preeclampsia or gestational hypertension and still had high blood pressure 8 to 10 years after giving birth, nearly four of five women had left ventricular remodeling, or relative thickening of the walls of their left ventricles, the data showed. Advertisement Just over one-third of women who had neither had evidence of these structural heart changes up to 10 years after childbirth. Left ventricular remodeling is a process by which the heart changes in size, shape and function. It is co...
‘Real-world’ analysis of COVID vaccine raises questions about UK strategy

‘Real-world’ analysis of COVID vaccine raises questions about UK strategy

World
The first real-world analysis of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine suggests it is matching its performance in clinical trials, but raises serious questions about the UK's decision to delay the second dose.Scientists in Israel - which is leading the COVID-19 vaccination race - have told Sky News that they are "very hopeful" having studied preliminary data from 200,000 vaccinated people. But crucially they say their results do not show efficacy at a level close to that used by the UK to justify delaying the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech jab. Image: The UK has chosen to delay the second dose of the jab Professor Ran Balicer is a physician, epidemiologist and chief innovation officer for Clalit, the largest health care provider...
Senate raises concern about potential $24B sale of F-35s, Reapers to UAE

Senate raises concern about potential $24B sale of F-35s, Reapers to UAE

Business
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Members of Congress indicated concern over the planned sale of military equipment totaling $ 23.4 billion to the United Arab Emirates. This week the State Department approved three weapons deals, of $ 10.4 billion for 50 F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take-Off and Landing aircraft, $ 10 billion for 800 AIM-120C8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and $ 2.97 billion for 18 Weapons-Ready MQ-9B "Reaper" Remotely Piloted Aircraft. Advertisement The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to demand that the State Department certify the deal "does not diminish Israel's qualitative military edge and poses no vulnerabilities to U.S. military systems and technology." The language has been included in a 2021 funding bill for the State Department. While the Defense Sec...
Indonesia raises volcano threat level, sets no-go-zone

Indonesia raises volcano threat level, sets no-go-zone

World
Indonesian authorities are raising the danger level for the volatile Mount Merapi volcano on densely populated Java island and ordering a halt to tourism and mining activitiesBy SLAMET RIYADI Associated PressNovember 5, 2020, 10:03 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleYOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian authorities raised the danger level for the volatile Mount Merapi volcano on the densely populated island of Java on Thursday and ordered a halt to tourism and mining activities.Indonesia’s geological agency raised Merapi’s alert level, which had been at the third-highest level since it began erupting last year, to the second-highest level after sensors picked up increasing activity.“This condition can trigger a magma extrusion process or an explosive eruption,” ...