HPV vaccination linked to `dramatic┬┤ fall in cervical disease

The routine vaccination of schoolgirls with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Scotland has led to a dramatic reduction in cervical disease in later life, new research suggests. HPV is a sexually-transmitted infection and some types are linked to cervical cancer, one of the most common cancers in women aged under 35 in the UK. A decade ago, a UK-wide immunisation programme for girls...

Nissan’s Ghosn arrested again in financial misconduct case

Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested Thursday morning for a fourth time by Tokyo prosecutors investigating him for alleged financial misconduct while leading the Japanese automaker. Tokyo prosecutors said Ghosn’s arrest was on suspicion he diverted $5 million from funds that were being relayed from a Nissan subsidiary to an overseas dealership. Their statement said the...

Peruvian judge jails lawyers for 3 years over copper mine blockade

A Peruvian judge on Wednesday ordered three years of jail time for three lawyers representing indigenous villagers who have blockaded shipments from a massive copper mine operated by Chinese miner MMG Ltd. The ruling, which a lead prosecutor confirmed on television news channels, promises to further polarize a dispute between MMG and the Quechua-speaking village of Fuerabamba, in Peru’s southern...

Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling

Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn’t accompany him. Effective immediately, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will only permit prison security staff into the execution chamber, a spokesman said Wednesday....

Autopsy: Migrant boy who died in US had flu infection

Gomez Alonzo and his father, Agustin Gomez, were apprehended by the Border Patrol in mid-December after the family said the two left Guatemala because of the extreme poverty and lack of opportunity they were facing. The father said others from his community had been able to cross the U.S. border with children, and he figured he and his son would have the same luck. Felipe was chosen to go with...

Man accused of Christchurch mosque attacks charged with 50 counts of murder

he man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police said. Police had earlier filed a single, representative murder charge against 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant. He is due to appear via video link during a brief hearing on Friday, and will not...

Algerians demand sweeping change as Bouteflika era ends

Flag-waving Algerians have celebrated the resignation of veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but vowed Wednesday to keep protesting to demand sweeping change to the country’s political system. The 82-year-old’s departure, announced on state media late Tuesday, followed weeks of massive demonstrations that have shaken the North African nation. Car horns sounded on the streets...

UN chief visits Libya to bolster election push

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Libya Wednesday ahead of a conference aimed at paving the way for elections to help end years of chaos in the country. “I have just arrived in Libya, totally committed to support a Libyan-led political process leading to peace, stability, democracy and prosperity for the Libyan people,” Guterres said on Twitter. The UN has...

No verdict on commander in 1989 Hillsborough soccer tragedy

“I recognize that these developments will be difficult for the families affected by the Hillsborough disaster,” said Sue Hemming, director of legal services for the Crown Prosecution Service. The original verdicts of accidental death for the victims were overturned in 2012 after documents uncovered mistakes by authorities and a cover-up by police, following a long campaign by families...

Cyclone-hit Mozambique launches mass cholera vaccination blitz

Cyclone Idai hit the coast of central Mozambique on March 15 with hurricane-force winds and rains flooding the hinterland and drenching eastern Zimbabwe. In Mozambique, 598 people have been killed, and another 268 have died in Zimbabwe, according to the toll as of Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of survivors have been placed in temporary and crowded shelters, many of them lacking clean water...