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German medics report on drug success for Ebola patient PARIS: German doctors on Friday gave details of how an experimental drug together with advanced intensive care helped save a Ugandan physician who had been airlifted from Sierra Leone with Ebola.A prototype drug called FX06, designed to stop haemorrhage, was given to the patient after the doctors got special authorisation from their hospital's ethics committee, they reported in The Lancet."Even though the patient was critically ill, we were able to support him long enough for his body to start antibody production and for the virus to be cleared by his body's defences," said Timo Wolf of University Hospital Frankfurt.The Frankfurt team and the makers of the experimental drug had announced its use in early November.Publication in The Lancet, a leading peer-reviewed medical journal, validates this announcement.The unnamed 38-year-old male doctor had been airlifted to Frankfurt in early October, five days after the onset of Ebola symptoms, and admitted to a ...

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns BRUSSELS: The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.Leaders at a summit in Brussels also called for the urgent launch of a huge 315-billion-euro ($380-billion) investment plan aimed at kick-starting Europe's economy, although there were no pledges of hard cash.As the EU agreed new sanctions against Crimea, which was annexed by ...

Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday: Hollande BRUSSELS: Peace talks between Ukraine's leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels could take place Sunday or Monday in the Belarussian capital Minsk in the presence of Russian and OSCE envoys, French President Francois Hollande said.These talks will "happen on Sunday or Monday," Hollande said after an EU summit on Thursday, referring to the peace talks that will take place between the rebels and the Ukrainian government delegates in Minsk.Hollande said that he, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian ...

US officials see progress in China trade talks WASHINGTON: The United States and China wrapped up high-level trade talks Thursday in Chicago, with US officials hailing progress in a range of areas including medicines, intellectual property rights and agriculture.Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said the two sides had "very productive" talks in the annual high-level forum aimed at addressing bilateral trade and investment issues between the world's two largest economies.At a post-meeting news conference, Pritzker acknowledged that the US side did not get ...

US-Cuba ties thaw, White House open to Castro visit WASHINGTON: A US visit by Cuban President Raul Castro is a possibility, the White House said Thursday, a day after he and US President Barack Obama announced a historic bilateral rapprochement.With developments proceeding apace, a high-level US diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, revealed she will travel to Havana in late January for the first direct talks to "begin the process of restoration of diplomatic relations."But amid celebrations on Havana's streets and plaudits ringing ...

White House fence must be raised immediately: panel WASHINGTON: The White House fence should be immediately raised by four or five feet to prevent people from breaking into the grounds, according to an independent security review made public Thursday.A public summary of the panel's classified report also warned that the Secret Service -- the US agency that guards the president -- is "starved for leadership" and needs root and branch reform.It called for an outside leader, better training and more staff to boost ...

South Korea far-left party dissolved for 'backing North Korea' SEOUL: South Korea's nascent far-left political party was disbanded Friday in a rare decision by the constitutional court which condemned it as a pro-North Korean group.In an 8-1 decision, judges endorsed the government's petition to disband the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) and ordered the forfeiture of all of its five seats in parliament.The court ruled the party's platform ran counter to the basic democratic order of the constitution by supporting North Korea's ideological doctrine."I hope ...


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