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Deadly bacteria released from US high-security lab WASHINGTON: US officials in Louisiana are investigating how a dangerous and often deadly bacteria got out of a high-security laboratory at a research facility, USA Today reported.Authorities told the newspaper there was no risk to the public, though the extent of the contamination remains unknown after the safety breach at the Tulane National Primate Research Center.The bacterium in question is called Burkholderia pseudomallei. Primarily found in Southeast Asia and northern Australia, the microbe can spread to humans and animals through contact with contaminated soil and water. It is classified as a potential bioterror agent.The release possibly came in November or earlier at the center, which was working to develop a vaccine against the bacteria.Officials say the pathogen has not been detected at the facility's outdoor grounds, though four rhesus monkeys kept in outdoor pens became sick, and two were euthanized, USA Today said.Additionally, a federal inspector became sick after visiting ...

Video shows Los Angeles police shooting homeless man LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a homeless man Sunday in an incident that was caught on video and posted online, local media reported.The graphic video, which was posted on Facebook, shows a violent altercation between a man and several officers in LA's Skid Row area near downtown.The circumstances around the shooting were not immediately clear but the video appears to show a man flailing at officers as they try to subdue him.A ...
US deserves 'benefit of the doubt' on getting Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the case on Sunday for completing nuclear diplomacy with Iran despite Israeli opposition, saying the United States deserves the benefit of the doubt on getting a deal that would prevent any need for military action to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions.Two days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to address the U.S. Congress to warn against an Iran deal, Kerry delivered a stout defense of talks ...
Boehner defends his US House leadership amid conservative unrest WASHINGTON: US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, having suffered an embarrassing rebuke at the hands of conservatives in his own party, played down any risk to his continuing leadership on Sunday, saying disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy, not goals.Asked if he could lead the House, Boehner said, "I think so. I'm not going to suggest it's easy, because it's not."The House narrowly averted a shutdown of funding to the Department of ...
Earthquake shakes Guatemala City GUATEMALA CITY: An earthquake shook the capital of Guatemala on Friday, a Reuters witness said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.Mexico's national seismological service said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles (10 km), and that the epicenter was on Guatemala's Pacific coast about 95 miles (153 km) southeast of the city of Hidalgo in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Cuba cites 'progress' in talks with US, but issues remain WASHINGTON: Cuba said on Friday that progress had been made in talks with the United States on restoring diplomatic ties, but that there were still outstanding issues to resolve.In a historic press conference at the US State Department, the head of the Cuban delegation, Josefina Vidal, said Havana still wanted the communist country to be removed from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terror, as well as the provision of financial services for its ...
US says could open embassy in Cuba before April summit WASHINGTON: The United States said on Friday it could reopen its embassy in Havana before a high-profile summit of the Americas in April, but cautioned "serious disagreements" remain over restoring ties with Cuba."I do think we can get this done in time for the Summit of the Americas," top US diplomat for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, told reporters at the end of a second round of talks with Cuban negotiators, but much depended on whether ...


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