Wednesday 13 December 2017

Antibiotics 'best medical advance'

Antibiotics have been voted the most important medical development in the last 50 years.

Vaccination against infectious diseases came second and imaging developments such as MRI scanning third, according to the survey organised by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, in Scotland.

Clashes as Egypt elects parliament

Egypt elected a new parliament yesterday in a vote marred by violence and fraud allegations.

Protesters clashed with police and there were reports of gunfights between candidates' supporters. But as polls closed it seemed likely that the government had achieved its aim of reducing the power of the Muslim Brotherhood, the main Islamist opposition.

Aid worker 'killed by US grenade'

A REPORT into the death of the British aid worker Linda Norgrove will say this week that she was accidentally killed by US special forces during a rescue attempt in eastern Afghanistan, it was reported yesterday.

William Hague is expected to tell British parliament that the results of a joint US and British investigation confirm claims that she was killed by the blast from a grenade thrown by a US Navy Seal.

Outrage over pet exhumations

Officials responsible for a Montana, US, pet cemetery are backing off a proposal to exhume and cremate its occupants after some of the pet owners threatened to chain themselves to the gates.

The Arley Burt Pet Cemetery in Helena is the final resting place for 1,200 pets. Gina Wiest, of the Lewis and Clark Humane Society, said the organisation considered exhuming the pets because of a new hotel being erected nearby.

Violence as Ivory Coast holds vote

Ivory Coast's presidential hopefuls traded accusations of voter intimidation yesterday in an election meant to end a decade of political instability.

Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo faces Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister. Five members of the security forces were killed shortly before vote counting got under way.

Irish Independent

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