Macedonia parliament votes in Social Democrat Zaev as PM

31 May

Macedonia’s parliament voted in Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev as prime minister late Wednesday, in a first step towards ending the country’s two-year political crisis.The 42-year old Zaev, an economist by training, won the support of 62 lawmakers i…

Study highlights high death risk for Africa twins

31 May

One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five — three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life — often succumbing to the after-effects o…

Aquarium art brings climate debate to NY Times Square

31 May

Performance art in a giant water tank is bringing climate science to New York’s Times Square as Donald Trump has the world guessing on whether the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.The transparent aquarium, in which performers s…

Pieces of eight as little Italy crush San Marino

31 May

AC Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula starred with a hat-trick as a second-string Italy crushed friendly opponents San Marino 8-0 at Empoli’s Castellani stadium on Wednesday.The Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid on Saturday may have …

Skipper Warburton to start in Lions opener

31 May

The British and Irish Lions have thrown captain Sam Warburton straight into the fray as they look to make a winning start to their tour of New Zealand.Warburton, who is returning from a knee injury that sidelined him in April, will lead a powerful line…

It’s a girl! Venus lets Serena baby secret slip

31 May

Serena Williams will be the mother of a baby girl, if sister Venus is to be believed after she appeared to let the secret slip on Wednesday.Venus, playing at the French Open in Paris, told a TV interviewer: “She’s going to call me her favourite aunt.””…

With or without Trump, US businesses moving on climate

31 May

President Donald Trump may be dragging out his decision on whether to ditch the Paris climate agreement, but major American corporations have not waited for a government signal to start cutting their carbon emissions.Before Trump had even raised the po…

Ohio sues five drugmakers over role in opioid crisis

31 May

The US state of Ohio on Wednesday sued five major producers of prescription opioid medications, accusing them of lying about the deadly risks the painkillers — at the center of a nationwide addiction crisis — posed to public health.

The suit seeks to hold the companies accountable for harm to patients by blocking the drugs’ allegedly deceptive marketing, as well as awarding compensation for the state and for consumers.

Prescription opioid overdoses have hit record levels in the United States, killing more than 15,000 people in 2015 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Virginia has also targeted drugmakers over the crisis.

In a statement, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the drugmakers had knowingly caused patients to become addicted, with many addicts then switching to heroin and other drugs.

“These drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more opioids,” DeWine said.

“They knew they were wrong but they did it anyway.”

State officials say parts of Ohio are believed to be the hardest hit in the nation by the current opioid addiction crisis, with 2.3 million patients, or about 20 percent of the population, having been prescribed an opioid drug last year.

The suit names Purdue Pharma, which markets drugs such as OxyContin and Dilaudid, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Endo Health Solutions and Allergan.

Cyprus rival leaders agree to meet UN chief in New York

31 May

Rival Cypriot leaders are to meet UN chief Antonio Guterres in New York at the weekend in a bid to resolve a deadlock in Cyprus reunification talks, officials said Wednesday.”The secretary general today invited Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and…

No wind, no racing in America’s Cup qualifiers

31 May

Light winds postponed Wednesday’s four scheduled races in the second round-robin phase of America’s Cup qualifying on Bermuda’s Great Sound.After waiting in vain for two hours for winds to pick up, organizers said the day’s program would be pushed to T…

Macron vows to renegotiate sale of French shipyard

31 May

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that his government would seek to renegotiate the sale of the STX France shipyard to Italy’s Fincantieri, in order to “guarantee job preservation” at the site.Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will negotiat…