10-year lifespan gain for some HIV patients: study

10 May

The life expectancy of HIV-infected people in Europe and the United States has been boosted by a decade since anti-AIDS drugs became available in the mid-1990s, researchers said Thursday.In fact, a 20-year-old who began treatment any time since 2008, n…

UK Labour’s election manifesto and Brexit plan leaked

10 May

Britain’s opposition Labour party will not walk away from Brexit talks without a deal if it wins next month’s election, according to a leaked draft manifesto published by several newspapers.

The 43-page document for the June 8 election was due to have an official launch next week but the version that emerged late Wednesday outlines sweeping reforms including renationalisation of railways and some tax rises.

Among the pledges, which are yet to be signed off, the party said it would guarantee a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit agreement and rules out leaving the European Union without a deal.

“Labour recognises that leaving the EU with ‘no deal’ is the worst possible deal for Britain and would do damage to our economy and trade.

“We will reject ‘no deal’ as a viable and negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a cliff-edge for the UK economy,” the draft manifesto said, according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Labour is lagging behind in the polls, with strong suggestions that leader Jeremy Corbyn’s lack of a clear line on Brexit is to blame.

Corbyn on Tuesday refused five times to answer directly when asked by the BBC if Britain would leave the EU if he was prime minister, although a party source later told AFP there was no question Brexit would happen.

The draft manifesto also details Labour’s view on immigration — a key factor in Britain’s referendum last year on leaving the EU.

Labour pledges to make no “false promises” on cutting the number of migrants, in a nod to the Conservatives’ unfulfilled promise to reduce arrivals to tens of thousands.

As well as renationalising railways, the party of veteran socialist Corbyn also plans to introduce state-owned energy firms and hike corporation tax on large companies, said the media reports.

The reshaping of public finances will also include borrowing £250 billion ($323 billion, 297 billion euros).

Gains from a rise in income tax for those earning above £80,000 will be used to invest £6 billion in Britain’s treasured National Health Service, The Daily Mirror reported.

Other policies outlined in the draft include the scrapping of university tuition fees, which currently run up to £9,250 annually, and launching a review to slow the number of pubs closing.

A spokesman for Corbyn said the party would not comment on the leaked manifesto, which has to be approved by around 80 Labour figures before being formally published.

Mexico village farewells dead from fireworks blast

10 May

Screams and tears burst forth in this Mexican village on Wednesday when small white coffins arrived for the bodies of nearly a dozen children killed in an accidental fireworks warehouse explosion two days before.In all, 14 people died in San Isidro, in…

Top-ranked Johnson confident as Players test looms

10 May

World number one Dustin Johnson, whose late run last week came up just short of a fourth consecutive PGA victory, is confident as The Players Championship opens Thursday.The 32-year-old American withdrew from the Masters last month after injuring his b…

Sanchez keeps Arsenal in top-four hunt

10 May

Alexis Sanchez scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive.Sanchez opened the scoring on the hour at St Mary’s before substitute Olivier Giroud made t…

Murdoch’s Fox confident on Sky takeover

10 May

Rupert Murdoch’s media-entertainment giant 21st Century Fox reported Wednesday a dip in profits in the past quarter while expressing confidence on winning approval for its takeover of pay-TV giant Sky.Profit in the January-March quarter fell 3.5 percen…

Ozzy to ‘bark at moon’ during solar eclipse

10 May

With North America readying for a major solar eclipse, Ozzy Osbourne will celebrate the exact moment by singing “Bark at the Moon” as the sun disappears.Moonstock, a new metal festival in Illinois, will take place over four days culminating on August 2…

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Boston’s Thomas fined for cursing at heckler

10 May

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 (23,000 euros) by the NBA on Wednesday for making a profane remark at a heckler during a playoff game at Washington.Thomas made his expletive-laced remark to the spectator during Boston’s 121-102 los…

Betting odds of Trump impeachment jump after Comey firing

10 May

President Donald Trump’s sudden dismissal of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday has seen the betting odds of a Trump impeachment skyrocket, bookmaking sites told AFP on Wednesday.Opposition Democrat lawmakers have ramped up calls for an independent in…

London police charge three women with terrorism

10 May

London police on Wednesday charged three women, including a mother and daughter, with terrorism offences and conspiracy to murder after a raid during which one of them was shot.The charges were announced followed the April 27 operation at a home in nor…

Real Madrid through to Champions League final

10 May

Real Madrid secured their place in the Champions League final on Wednesday despite losing 2-1 away to Atletico Madrid in their semi-final second leg.Real’s 3-0 win in the first leg proved too much for Atletico to overcome as the reigning European champ…

Snap posts $2.2 bn loss in first results

10 May

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. saw its shares slide Wednesday after posting a loss of $2.2 billion in its first quarterly results since its share offering earlier this year.The loss for the California firm known for its disappearing messages reflects some $…

Rainbow postal stamp honors same-sex marriage in Canada

10 May

Canada Post unveiled a rainbow-colored stamp Wednesday to celebrate the nation’s recognition of same-sex marriage more than a decade ago, as part of the country’s 150th anniversary celebrations.The maple leaf-shaped stamp has printed on it the words “m…

Stade lose Du Plessis appeal, miss Top 14 play-offs

10 May

Stade Francais were denied a Top 14 play-offs reprieve on Wednesday as French rugby bosses rejected their appeal against Montpellier for fielding an ineligible player.A successful appeal would have possibly resulted in Stade being awarded victory in la…

Garcia revels in Masters aftermath, Classico cheers

10 May

Sergio Garcia, who returns to competition this week after winning the Masters, said Wednesday he has been most gratified by cheers from his peers and a “Classico” football appearance.Garcia, who tees off Thursday afternoon at the US PGA Players Champio…

Twenty-five hurt in scuffles before Madrid derby

10 May

A total of 20 supporters and five police officers suffered minor injuries in scuffles outside the Vicente Calderon stadium prior to Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.A spokesperson for the Spanis…

Celta inspired by Bielsa in bid to topple Man Utd

10 May

Celta Vigo will draw inspiration from Athletic Bilbao’s 2012 victory over Manchester United when they face Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, says coach Eduardo Berizzo.A Bilbao side coached by Marcelo Bielsa defeated a …

Kylie Jenner suffers altitude sickness on Peru trip

10 May

Kylie Jenner, the fashion model and younger half-sister of Kim Kardashian, was forced to use an oxygen mask after suffering difficulty breathing during a trip to the Peruvian city of Cusco, high in the Andes.Jenner, 19, posted pictures on Snapchat soci…

Libya intercepts 350 migrants after duel at sea

10 May

Libya’s coastguard on Wednesday intercepted a wooden boat packed with more than 350 migrants after duelling with a German rescue ship and coming under fire from traffickers, the navy said.The migrants, who were bound for Italy, were picked up off the w…

FXX announces ‘Deadpool’ animated TV series

10 May

Cable station FXX announced on Wednesday it had ordered an animated series starring hit Marvel anti-hero Deadpool, with Golden Globe-winning actor Donald Glover leading the creative team.The show will capitalize on 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool” movie, …

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Golf: Adidas sells TaylorMade equipment to US fund

10 May

German sports giant Adidas said Wednesday it had agreed to sell its golfing brands TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth to US fund KPS Capital Partners for $425 million (390 million euros).The deal came just a day after the sport’s world number two Rory…

Sore shoulder sidelines Seattle’s Iwakuma

10 May

Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was placed on Major League Baseball’s 10-day disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, joining three other sidelined starters for the American League club.The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent …

Venezuela prosecutors oppose military trial for unrest

10 May

Venezuelan prosecutors Wednesday challenged plans to try suspects in military courts for unrest which saw a statue of late president Hugo Chavez destroyed in protest at the government.Human rights groups say scores of people have been brought before mi…

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I’ve not gambled on Europa League – Mourinho

10 May

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has not gambled with the club’s season by prioritising Europa League success over a top-four finish in the Premier League, he said on Wednesday.Mourinho has given up on United’s hopes of securing Champions League…

McQueen to make authorized Tupac documentary

10 May

Steve McQueen, who won an Oscar for directing “12 Years a Slave,” will film an authorized documentary on slain rap legend Tupac Shakur.The British director said he was “extremely moved” to explore Tupac’s life, saying he had known him indirectly while …

US to arm Syrias Kurds ‘very quickly’

10 May

The United States will soon start delivering weapons to Syria’s Kurdish fighters, despite furious Turkish objections, a US military spokesman said.A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the Kurds “ver…

Pioneer referee Riveron named new officiating boss

10 May

Alberto Riveron, the first Hispanic referee in NFL history, was named Wednesday as the league’s new senior vice president of officiating, replacing Dean Blandino, who stepped down last month.Riveron spent the past four seasons as senior director of off…

Syria an ‘unwinnable’ war: UN chief Guterres

10 May

The Syrian conflict is “unwinnable”, Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday in his first speech in Britain since taking over as UN Secretary General.”It is high time to understand that this is a war where nobody is winning and this is a war which is becomi…

Pink for Jungels as Pibernik bungles

10 May

Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels kept Britain’s Geraint Thomas at bay to retain the Giro d’Italia pink jersey Wednesday after a “crazy” fifth stage that saw two riders celebrate victory.Jungels, who took the race lead from Quick Step teammate Fernando Gaviria …

G7 finance ministers to avoid trade spat, US official says

10 May

Finance ministers from the G7 countries meeting in Italy will focus on inclusive growth but avoid a quarrel over protectionism, a senior US Treasury official said Wednesday.But even if concerns about the Trump administration’s trade stance are not on t…

Barclays to pay $97 mn for overcharging investors

10 May

British banking giant Barclays has agreed to repay nearly $100 million to investment clients it overcharged for services, US financial regulators said Wednesday.The bank overbilled investment clients by nearly $50 million, US Securities and Exchange Co…

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