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Special Report - In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited out 'non-carcinogenic' findings

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LONDON The World Health Organization's cancer agency dismissed and edited findings from a draft of its review of the weedkiller glyphosate that were at odds with its final conclusion that the chemical probably causes cancer.

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Short on staff - Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals 20 Oct 2017

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. | Video

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China biotech's 'coming out party' masks long road ahead 19 Oct 2017

LONDON/SHANGHAI Investors are betting on China's potential to feed the global pharmaceutical pipeline, putting a multi-billion-dollar price tag on a handful of stocks, even as the country struggles to close a huge R&D gap with the West.

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Peace gives Colombian coffee an extra shot 19 Oct 2017

SAN CARLOS, Colombia Farmers who fled war in the Colombian Andes are returning to revive their abandoned land, cultivating coffee trees that are boosting global supplies of the highest-quality beans. | Video

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Special report - Backroom battle imperils $230 million cryptocurrency venture 19 Oct 2017

ZUG, Switzerland/NEW YORK Just three months ago, a tech project called Tezos raised $232 million (176 million pounds) online in a wildly successful "initial coin offering," in which new digital currency is parceled out to buyers. At the time, it was the most money ever raised from the public in the white-hot cryptocurrency sector.

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Venezuela's deteriorating oil quality riles major refiners 18 Oct 2017

CARACAS/HOUSTON Venezuela's state-run oil firm, PDVSA, is increasingly delivering poor quality crude oil to major refiners in the United States, India and China, causing repeated complaints, cancelled orders and demands for discounts, according to internal PDVSA documents and interviews with a dozen oil executives, workers, traders and inspectors.

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Damages for Grenfell fire victims may total just 4 million pounds - Reuters analysis 19 Oct 2017

(Story corrects October 18th version to make clear Tasnim Belkadi's aunt did not respond to requests for comment, rather than declined to comment)

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Special Report - They fled danger for a high-stakes bet on U.S. immigration courts 18 Oct 2017

OAKLAND, California The two Honduran women told nearly identical stories to the immigration courts: Fear for their lives and for the lives of their children drove them to seek asylum in the United States. | Video

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Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013 17 Oct 2017

Microsoft Corp's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.

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Inspection battle threatens Egypt's wheat supply 17 Oct 2017

CAIRO Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world's largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign trips they once enjoyed to approve cargoes at their ports of origin.

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May wins Brexit reprieve, faces tough weeks ahead

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signalling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months. | Video