Monday, Jan 15


Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

Reuters / Lifestyle

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children's films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom.


Partner's scent eases women’s response to stress

(Reuters Health) - During a stressful time, smelling a partner’s scent might help ease anxiety, a study suggests.

Sunday, Jan 14


Analysis: For now, Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

SYDNEY (Reuters) - When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing…

Saturday, Jan 6


Letterman and Obama reunite in new Netflix show

Veteran former U.S. talk show host David Letterman will return to television on Jan. 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former U.S. President Barack Obama. Lisa Bernhard reports.

Friday, Jan 5


CORRECTED-WRAPUP 1-Trump administration drops Obama-era easing of marijuana prosecutions


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday rescinded an Obama administration policy that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that legalized the drug, instead giving federal prosecutors wide…

Thursday, Jan 4


"Hands off our Irn Bru": Scots vent fury at sugar cut in popular drink

Reuters / Lifestyle

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - It's known as Scotland's second national drink, but a change in the secret recipe for Irn Bru, a sticky-sweet fizzy beverage prized as a hangover cure, has prompted outrage among its many devotees.

Monday, Jan 1


Box office - 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' tops $1 billion worldwide


LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has cleared the $1 billion milestone in worldwide grosses in less than three weeks. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” pulled in $120.4 million globally on the New Year’s…

Wednesday, Dec 20


Traffic pollution tied to low-birth-weight risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - - Air pollution, but not traffic noise, appears to be linked to an increased risk of having low-birth-weight babies, reports a new study from the UK.

Monday, Dec 18


RPT-Tiny stem cell companies close in on major heart disease goals

Reuters / UK

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The early hope that stem cell therapy would make the paralyzed walk, the blind see and cure diabetes have given way to a long list of failures, highlighted by early stem cell champion Geron Corp abandoning the field in…

Friday, Dec 15


'The Last Jedi' scores huge $45 million in domestic debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” brought in $45 million on its opening night on Thursday at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters as fans rushed to see the latest installment in the blockbuster series, distributor Walt Disney…

Wednesday, Dec 13


Philippines' Duterte says dengue campaign carried out in 'good faith'

MANILA (Reuters) - President Rodrigo Duterte believes the previous Philippine government acted in good faith in launching an immunization drive that used a new dengue vaccine on hundreds of thousands of children, he said on Wednesday.


Insight: Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine?

CHICAGO/LONDON (Reuters) - When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest…


'The Last Jedi' seeks balance in a 'Star Wars' galaxy in tumult

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Light faces dark, old faces new and there's a struggle to find a balance in the Force when "Star Wars" returns with "The Last Jedi," the sequel that places Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia at the center of an…

Monday, Dec 11


Exclusive: Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immunization program

Reuters / UK / World

MANILA (Reuters) - As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her…

Sunday, Dec 10


Egypt reveals artifacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor

LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artifacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been…


Gilead's new drug keeps 56 percent of lymphoma trial patients alive

(Reuters) - More than half of trial patients with an advanced, aggressive form of blood cancer lived for at least a year after one-time treatment with Yescarta, a novel therapy sold by Gilead Sciences Inc, according to study results…

Thursday, Dec 7


RPT--Obamacare insurance options dwindle for neediest U.S. patients


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Josh Brookhart has four health insurers to choose from in Seattle's King County for 2018, more than many Americans like him who buy coverage on the Obamacare individual market.

Tuesday, Dec 5


Trouble mounts for Sanofi dengue vaccine over safety concerns

Reuters / UK

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Monday it hopes to review safety data on Sanofi's dengue vaccine this month, while the Philippines ordered an investigation of its now suspended massive immunization program after the…

Wednesday, Nov 29


WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

LONDON (Reuters) - Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid signs of flatlining funding and complacency that the mosquito-borne disease is less of a threat, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, Nov 28


U.S. HIV diagnoses improving, but progress varies: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Delays in the time between becoming infected with HIV and getting a diagnosis are shortening, helped by efforts to increase testing for the virus that causes AIDS, U.S. health officials said.


'Absolutely thrilled' - The Duchess of Cambridge on royal engagement

Reuters / UK / World

The Duchess of Cambridge tells reporters that she and her husband Prince William are "absolutely thrilled" about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


Tens of thousands dying from $30 billion fake drugs trade, WHO says

LONDON (Reuters) - One in 10 drugs sold in developing countries is fake or substandard, leading to tens of thousands of deaths, many of them of African children given ineffective treatments for pneumonia and malaria, health officials said…


Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar lead male-dominated Grammy nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jay-Z's soul-baring album on love, life and social fractures led the Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday with eight nods in a list that saw women sidelined in some major categories and Katy Perry excluded completely.


British actress sues Harvey Weinstein in New York alleging sex trafficking

(Reuters) - An aspiring British actress sued Harvey Weinstein in New York federal court on Monday accusing the movie producer of sex trafficking by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her.

Monday, Nov 27


Germany swings EU vote in favour of weed-killer glyphosate

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany defeated its key EU ally France in a very tight vote on Monday to clear the use of weed-killer glyphosate for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer.

Friday, Nov 24


Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama


SEOUL (Reuters) - A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of…

Wednesday, Nov 22


U.S. FDA approves first two-drug HIV regimen in win for GSK

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first two-drug regimen to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, aimed at lessening the side effect burden of current treatments that combine three or four medicines.

Monday, Nov 20


Box Office: 'Justice League' opens with gloomy $96 million in North America

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Warner Bros.-DC's costly "Justice League" has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations.

Friday, Nov 17


Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in N.Korea


SEOUL (Reuters) - Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.

Thursday, Nov 16


Weinstein, studios sued over alleged sexual misconduct

Second actress files anonymous case claiming sexual harassment by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Francis Maguire reports.