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Britain, EU could strike trade within a year: Brexit chief

LONDON — Brexit Secretary David Davis said Sunday the odds of Britain exiting the European Union without a deal had dropped dramatically following an agreement both sides reached in Brussels on Friday. In a Sunday media interview, Davis said the deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday was a statement of intent and not …

Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test: NASA

LOS ANGELES – US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has completed the first test of its Mars 2020 mission’s parachute-testing series, the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment, or ASPIRE, the US space agency announced. The Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investigating evidence in …

Oil prices decline ahead of OPEC meeting

NEW YORK — Oil prices declined on Monday as investors became cautious ahead of an OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting next week. OPEC and other key oil producers will meet on Nov. 30 to discuss whether to extend the current price-supporting curbs on crude output. The group has been restraining output since the …

More than half of HIV population on treatment: UNAIDS

GENEVA — Remarkable progress has been made on HIV treatment over the past 15 years, with about 57 percent of all the people worldwide living with HIV currently on treatment, according to UNAIDS’ latest data on Monday. In 2000, just 685,000 people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy; by June 2017, around 20.9 million …

Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in teens

CHICAGO — A pathway in the brain seems to link exposure to adverse experiences during early childhood to depression and problems with physical health in teens and preteens, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. The study involved 119 children aged 3 to 6 when the project began. The researchers tracked …

Youth unemployment falls globally, but quality jobs scarce: ILO

GENEVA — There is a persisting overall trend of insufficient good jobs for young people seeking work, who are estimated to account for more than 35 percent of the unemployed worldwide in 2017, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said Monday. Despite a significant fall in youth unemployment since the height of the global economic crisis, persistent …

US consumer group lists most dangerous toys of 2017

WASHINGTON — A consumer safety group released Tuesday its annual list of worst toys as the holiday season nears. Fidget spinners, a Wonder Woman sword, and remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys on the list unveiled by World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, at a children’s hospital in Boston. A stacking toy for babies, …

Millennials had unlucky start to adult life, global wealth report says

WASHINGTON — Millennials have fared less well financially than previous generations, as young people are hit early on by the repercussions of the 2008 global financial crisis, alongside rising income inequality, showed a study published Tuesday. The millennial generation, defined by the US Census Bureau as those born between 1982 and 2000, “have had a run …

Majority of Australians vote ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

CANBERRA — More than 61 percent of Australians have voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, it was announced on Wednesday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey on Wednesday with 7.8 million respondents, or 61.6 percent, voting in support of same-sex marriage and 4.9 million, or …

Singapore mass rapid transit trains collide, 23 injured

SINGAPORE — A Singapore Mass Rapid Transit Cooperation (SMRT Cooperation) train of the East-West line collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station at about 8 a.m. local time Wednesday, causing injury to at least 23 people, local media reported. Local media Lianhe Zaobao quoted Singapore Civil Defence Force sources as saying that the …