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Trump's China trade war risks damaging US economy, says OECD

Issuing a downbeat assessment of the global economy as the standoff between the world’s two biggest economies continues to simmer, the OECD said the world’s economic momentum had weakened markedly and that growth was set to stay at a subpar rate as the tensions over trade persist. It said both...

New war on cancer aims at longterm survival, not cure

The world-renowned Institute of Cancer Research is launching what it calls the first-ever “Darwinian” cancer programme. Just as with antibiotics, they say, cancers can evolve to become resistant to the drugs used to treat them. Cancer cells that are not killed off by chemotherapy or even immun...

Woman, 81, killed herself after pension was frozen in error

In July 2017, her situation was reassessed. Instead of only her credits being frozen, her entire pension was stopped, with the result that she had no income at all. The DWP told Mr Worrall that her basic pension should have continued but had not done so due to an “administrative error”.

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Joe Biden announces 2020 presidential run

He made his announcement in a video posted on Twitter, declaring: “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation. If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

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Do animals hold the key to the global organ shortage?

Scientist Wenning Qin holds up a Petri dish, carefully sloshes around the pink liquid inside, and slides it under a microscope. Some identical tiny slashes come into focus. These cells, she explains, are derived from the ear of a pig. And they may contain the future of animal to human organ tr...

Scientists find genetic mutation that makes woman feel no pain

Cameron, a former teacher who lives in Inverness, has experienced broken limbs, cuts and burns, childbirth and numerous surgical operations with little or no need for pain relief. She sometimes leans on the Aga and knows about it not from the pain, but the smell. “I’m vegan, so the smell is pr...

Gut bacteria may have impact on mental health, study says

Jeroen Raes of the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the Catholic University of Leuven drew on medical tests and GP records to look for links between depression, quality of life and microbes lurking in the faeces of more than 1,000 people enrolled in the Flemish Gut Flora Project.

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Belgian minister backtracks on school-strike conspiracy claims

“I know who is behind this movement, both of the Sunday demonstrations and the truants,” Schauvliege told an audience of farmers. “I have also been told that from state security. I can guarantee that I do not see ghosts alone and that climate demonstrations are more than spontaneous actions of...