Asia / Pacific

China punishes hospital staff after patients infected with HIV, hepatitis B

China punishes hospital staff after patients infected with HIV, hepatitis B

Published 10/02/2017

Staff at two Chinese hospitals have been punished after their failure to follow proper medical procedures caused 14 patients to be infected with HIV and hepatitis B, state media reported on Friday.

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U.S.-based bond fund sales soar in latest week: Lipper

U.S.-based bond fund sales soar in latest week: Lipper

Published 10/02/2017

Investors showed an insatiable demand for fixed income during the latest week, handing over the most cash in about seven months to managers of U.S.-based taxable-bond funds, Lipper data showed on Thursday.

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Japan`s love of tiny cars sore spot as Trump, Abe meet

Japan`s love of tiny cars sore spot as Trump, Abe meet

Published 10/02/2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan's bulging automotive trade surplus will be a sore spot, but the path to balancing auto exports and imports will be no easier than it was in the 1980s.

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Home-grown streaming app helps Pakistan`s musicians find voice

Home-grown streaming app helps Pakistan`s musicians find voice

Published 10/02/2017

Malala Gul, a local singer, performs to record a song at a studio in Peshawar, Pakistan, January, 28, 2017. Picture taken January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

For years, violence kept most of Pakistan's aspiring young musicians from following their dreams, whether the threat of Taliban militant attacks or gang wars in the crowded southern port city of Karachi.

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Day two behind early leaders at weather-hit Pebble Beach`

Day two behind early leaders at weather-hit Pebble Beach`

Published 09/02/2017

Feb 9, 2017- Pebble Beach, CA, USA- Jason Day watches his shot on the 17th fairway during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Day ground out a two-under-par 69 to sit two strokes off the lead on Thursday when the opening round of the weather-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was suspended for the day with only half the field back in the clubhouse.

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Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

Published 09/02/2017

FILE PHOTO: A customer uses his Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 as he waits for an exchange at company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, or computer, car or appliance: you, or the companies that make it work?

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Austrian police seize drugs in raid on Kazakh team hotel

Austrian police seize drugs in raid on Kazakh team hotel

Published 09/02/2017

Austrian police said on Thursday they seized medicines in a raid on the Kazakh team's hotel rooms at the biathlon World Championships, while the head of the team's national federation said the substances in question had been approved for use.

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Uzbek farmers offered lemon trees and chickens

Uzbek farmers offered lemon trees and chickens

Published 09/02/2017

Uzbekistan's government plans to provide almost two million households with chickens and lemon trees so they can feed themselves and sell their produce, according to a draft document published for public discussion.

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Witherspoon, Kidman debut female-centric `Big Little Lies`

Witherspoon, Kidman debut female-centric `Big Little Lies`

Published 09/02/2017

Cast members (L-R) Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Reese Witherspoon pose at the premiere of the HBO television series 'Big Little Lies' in Los Angeles, California U.S., February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Two of film's biggest names, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, have come together on screen to champion female empowerment in HBO's "Big Little Lies."

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Lundbeck gives up on Alzheimer`s drug, rival to Axovant pill

Lundbeck gives up on Alzheimer`s drug, rival to Axovant pill

Published 08/02/2017

Two remaining late-stage clinical trials testing an experimental Alzheimer's drug from Denmark's Lundbeck have failed, scuppering hopes for the medicine and underscoring the difficulty of developing such treatments.

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