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New TB Strain Frets S Africa

South Africa has invited experts of the World health Organization (WHO) to brainstorm on a virulent strain of tuberculosis that has claimed 70 lives, local media inform Friday.

Such encounter, scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday on Johannesburg, aims at finding a formula to fight multi-drug resistant (MDR) and the extremely-drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis.


Brazil Runoff Campaign Underway

The Brazilian electoral campaign continues Friday with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at10 percent more votes than social-democrat Geraldo Alckmin.

However, most refrain from opinion because results may still change two weeks before the elections on October 29.


Chavez denies being anti-US

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UK, Ireland prepare proposals on N.Irish deal

ST. ANDREWS (Reuters) - Britain and Ireland put the final touches on Friday to their own plans for reviving Northern Ireland's assembly after three days of talks were set to end without a deal between pro-British and pro-Irish parties.

Hardliners are deadlocked over who should compromise first to get the power-sharing administration back up and running.


EU tells France to change foreign takeover law

The European Commission ordered France on Thursday to change a law that steps up protection against company takeovers from abroad because of concerns it may block investors from other EU countries.

"The commission is concerned that some of the provisions of this decree could discourage investment from other member states, in contradiction with EU ... rules on the free movement of capital and the right of establishment," it said in a statement.


France seeks to calm uproar over genocide bill passage

France sought Thursday to calm an uproar in Turkey and in the European Union after the French parliament approved a bill that would make it a crime to deny that the 1915-17 massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks constituted genocide.

The French foreign ministry insisted that Paris was still "very keen" on dialogue with Turkey and wanted its "strong ties" with that country to continue.


Japan approves additional sanctions against DPRK

TOKYO, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government approved early Friday an additional set of economic sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including a total ban on all imports from the country, which will be effective for six months beginning on Saturday, Kyodo News reported.

The cabinet also decided to ban the DPRK ships from entering Japanese ports, and to block DPRK nationals from entering Japan.

The move was the toughest response so far by any country to the DPRK's first nuclear test on Monday.


Europe's power supply on brink

Europe's security of electricity supply is facing a growing threat, with generating capacity ahead of rising demand by the lowest ever level, according to a report published today.

The average margin between supply and demand fell to 4.8% last year, a percentage point below the previous year's, said consulting group, Cap Gemini. "This low power margin is a wake-up call to the energy industry, government and regulators that security of supply in Europe is now under severe pressure."


Giant camel fossil found in Syria

Archaeologists have discovered the 100,000-year-old fossilised remains of a previously unknown giant camel species in Syria.

The bones of the dromedary were unearthed by a Swiss-Syrian team of researchers near the village of El Kowm in the central part of the country.

The animal is thought to have been double the size of a modern-day camel.


'Monster' fossil find in Arctic

Norwegian scientists have discovered a "treasure trove" of fossils belonging to giant sea reptiles that roamed the seas at the time of the dinosaurs.

The 150-million-year-old fossils were uncovered on the Arctic island chain of Svalbard - about halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole.

The finds belong to two groups of extinct marine reptiles - the plesiosaurs and the ichthyosaurs.

One skeleton has been nicknamed The Monster because of its enormous size.