Indonesia says no to bird flu virus sharing
November 26, 2007 01:37 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will not share bird flu virus samples unless there is a guarantee developing nations will have control over their use and have access to cheap vaccines, a health ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.

Indonesia, the nation worst hit by bird flu with 91 human deaths, has held back its virus samples since August and wants guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that poor countries get access to affordable vaccines derived from their samples.

China unhappy with EU's product safety call
November 26, 2007 12:35 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - The top EU trade official told China on Monday its reputation was at risk after a series of product safety scandals and that it must do more to tackle the problem.

Crews gain upper hand on Malibu fire
November 25, 2007 04:13 PM - Reuters

MALIBU, California (Reuters) - Firefighters gained the upper hand on Sunday against a fierce wildfire that destroyed 49 homes in the exclusive beachside community of Malibu, where residents were allowed to return and assess the damage.

Shopping crowds swell, but are they buying?
November 24, 2007 03:55 PM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bargain-hunters mobbed retailers at the start of the holiday shopping season, but it remained to be seen whether they were in a buying mood amid a slumping housing market, a credit crunch and rising fuel costs, experts said on Saturday.

Bridge collapse kills storm survivors in Bangladesh
November 24, 2007 09:47 AM - Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - At least three people were killed and nearly 100 injured in Bangladesh on Saturday when a road bridge packed with hundreds of cyclone survivors waiting for food aid collapsed into a river, police and witnesses said.

Activist, journalists kidnapped in Ingushetia
November 24, 2007 06:38 AM - Reuters

Oleg Orlov of rights group Memorial said he and a film crew from REN-TV channel were taken from the hotel in Ingushetia's capital Nazran by a group of armed and masked people who said they were from the security forces, dealing with terrorism.

Shoppers go Black Friday deal hunting
November 23, 2007 05:29 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eager shoppers stormed malls and stores across the country on Friday to snap up the early-bird specials that mark "Black Friday," the first official day of the U.S. holiday shopping season.

Creator of hurricane intensity scale dies at 90
November 23, 2007 02:32 PM - Reuters

The Miami Herald quoted Saffir's son, Richard, as saying he died of a heart attack on Wednesday night at South Miami Hospital.

U.S. Navy vessel arrives in Bangladesh for relief efforts
November 23, 2007 12:17 PM - Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy vessel arrived in Bangladesh on Friday to help relief efforts after the country's deadliest cyclone in 16 years killed around 3,500 people and left thousands missing or injured.

Fiber, whole grains may cut pancreatic cancer risk
November 23, 2007 12:09 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating more whole grain and fiber-rich food may lower the risk of pancreatic cancer by about 40 percent, study findings suggest.

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