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Stories for May 17th 2018

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:53 UTC

    Brazil reacts strongly to EU ex-leaders asking for Lula to run for office

    French ex-president Francois Holland and Spanish former PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, called Lula's imprisonment for corruption “hurried”

    Brazil on Wednesday lashed out at a demand by former European leaders for disgraced ex-president Lula da Silva to be allowed to take part in elections this year. A group of former EU left leaning leaders, including French ex-president Francois Holland and Spanish former prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, called Lula's imprisonment for corruption “hurried” and said he should be “free to present himself before Brazilian voters.”

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:47 UTC

    Brazil leaves basic rate unchanged citing a more volatile world situation

    “The global outlook has become more challenging and showed volatility,” the bank said in the statement announcing its decision.

    Brazil's central bank unexpectedly left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, citing a more challenging and volatile situation in world economies. The bank left its benchmark Selic rate at an all-time low of 6.5%, after signaling at its previous meeting it would cut at least once more.

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:31 UTC

    Someone is cheating with ozone warn scientists: rate of decline has fallen drastically

    The ozone layer in the stratosphere, 10-to-40 kilometers above Earth's surface, protects life on the planet from deadly ultraviolet radiation.

    The decline in the atmosphere of an ozone-depleting chemical banned by the Montreal Protocol has recently slowed by half, suggesting a serious violation of the 196-nation treaty, researchers revealed Wednesday.

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:20 UTC

    Argentine Prosecution orders the arrest of 26 officers for alleged torture against conscripts in the Falklands

    Federal prosecutor Marcelo Rapoport working with the advice from the Crimes against Humanity prosecution special office, asked for the arrest of the 26 officers

    The Federal Prosecution Office from Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego has called for the arrest of 26 officers allegedly involved in torture practices against conscripts during the Falklands conflict in 1982. The case has been ongoing for over a decade but it remains at snail pace.

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:13 UTC

    New evidence from genetic data links obesity with increased risk of smoking

    The study was based on genetic markers of obesity using UK Biobank data with genetic information on nearly 450 000 participants.

    A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides new evidence that increased weight and obesity may result in increased smoking. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), found that increased body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and waist circumference were associated both with a higher risk of being a smoker and with greater smoking intensity, measured by the number of cigarettes smoked per day. These results were consistent in both men and women.

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