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Aussie drug stops tumor growth in advanced breast cancer patients

MELBOURNE, July 28— A breast cancer treatment developed by Australian researchers has successfully halted tumor growth for twice as long as previously recorded, it was announced Friday. The therapy involves taking a new class of drug, called CDK4 and CDK6 inhibitors, and it significantly delayed tumor growth in patients with advanced breast cancer. Researchers from …

Japan’s defence chief quits over alleged document coverup

TOKYO – Japan’s beleaguered defence minister resigned Friday over an alleged coverup of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, the latest blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s scandal-ridden government. Tomomi Inada denied, however, that she herself took part in the alleged coverup. Abe said he accepted her resignation and assigned Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to …

Al Qaida says it has group in Kashmir to fight Indian rule

SRINAGAR, India – Al-Qaida said for the first time it is active in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, announcing on a linked propaganda network that a militant from an indigenous rebel group would lead a new outfit of fighters opposing Indian rule in the disputed region. The announcement was made Thursday by the Global Islamic …

Aussie dollar slides against US currency overnight

SYDNEY, July 28— The Australian dollar slid against its US counterpart on Friday, with the US dollar strengthening after solid data results. At the Asian open, the Australian dollar was buying 79.68 US cents, down from the 80.37 US cents it was trading at late Thursday. The Australian dollar was trading lower due to the …

10K tourists to evacuate North Carolina island after outage

An estimated 10,000 tourists were ordered to evacuate an island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Thursday after a construction company caused a power outage, leaving people searching for a place to eat, stay cool or resume interrupted vacations. The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative said in a news release that PCL Construction told the utility …

Iran claims launch of satellite carrying rocket into space

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country’s state media reported Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle. A confirmed launch of the “Simorgh” rocket would mark another step forward for the Islamic Republic’s young space program, but is likely to …

Samsung ends Intel’s 2 decade plus reign in microchips

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of—  Intel’s more than two decade reign as king of the silicon-based semiconductor ended Thursday when Samsung Electronics surpassed the U.S. manufacturer to become the leading maker of the computer chips that are a 21st century staple much as oil was in the past. Samsung reported record-high profit and sales in its …

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval

WASHINGTON—The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations. Never in doubt, however, was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russia unless …

Rift between House, Senate GOP rocks health care legislation

WASHINGTON – Republicans threatening to hold up Senate health legislation because of a dispute with the House expressed dissatisfaction late Thursday with an effort by Speaker Paul Ryan to resolve the standoff. Their statements delivered a blow to GOP leaders’ hopes for pushing an initial measure through the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., …

In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos

For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. The experiment was just an exercise in science—the embryos were not allowed to develop for more than a few days and were never intended to be implanted into a …