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Dominican Republic to begin deporting Haitian immigrants

Dominican Republic dports HaitiansDominican Republic authorities were preparing on Wednesday to deport thousands of undocumented Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent, with a midnight deadline to register for official residency documents.

“If they aren’t registered, they will be repatriated,” said Gen. Rubén Paulino, who heads the country’s Immigration Department, adding that on Thursday the department and the military will begin patrolling neighborhoods with large immigrant populations.

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New anti-malaria drug developed at Dundee University

anti0-malaria compoundResearchers at Dundee University have discovered a new compound which could treat malaria while protecting people from the disease and preventing its spread, all in a single dose.

The compound, DDD107498, was developed by the university's Drug Discovery Unit and the Medicines for Malaria Venture.

Scientists said the "exciting" new drug could work well against parasites resistant to current treatments.  Details of the discovery have been published in the journal Nature.

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DDT Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Breast Cancer

DDT exposure linked to breast cancerWomen who had been exposed to higher levels of the pesticide DDT while in utero face increased risk of breast cancer later in life than those who were exposed to lower levels, according to new research.

Researchers evaluated 54 years of data from women starting from the time they were in utero. Out of 9,300 women who had been tracked from even before birth, the study authors identified 118 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Women whose mothers had been exposed to significant levels of DDT during pregnancy were four times as likely to have had breast cancer as their counterparts who had been exposed to a small quantity of the pesticide, according to the findings.

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Military knew about bizarre methods of doctor hired to train troops

Dr. HagmannFor years, a doctor now accused of performing macabre procedures on the troops that he trained took steps to cloak his battlefield-medicine classes in secrecy. The doctor, John Henry Hagmann, often required that those who took or helped teach his courses sign non-disclosure agreements.

The agreements may have helped ensure that his most extreme training methods – including allegedly inducing shock among students – would remain confidential.

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Wal-Mart Using Secret Foreign Tax Havens

Walmartr tax havensA groundbreaking report released Wednesday, June 17, by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) reveals that Walmart has built a vast, undisclosed network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 overseas tax havens, which may be used to minimize foreign taxes where it has retail operations and to avoid U.S. tax on those foreign earnings.

These secretive subsidiaries have never been subject to public scrutiny before. They have remained largely invisible, in part because Walmart fails to list them in its annual 10-K filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Walmart’s preferred tax haven is Luxembourg, dubbed a “magical fairyland” for corporations looking to shelter profits from taxation.

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U.S. House mulls arctic drilling

House considers Arctic drilllingDrilling offshore, particularly in arctic regions offshore Alaska, won't do much to wean the United States off foreign oil, a U.S. House committee heard.

A House subcommittee on energy resources held an oversight hearing on reserves thought to be in arctic waters and how they could potentially impact U.S. leverage overseas. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in early June that moving more domestic oil to the global market could "strengthen the strategic hand of the United States."

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Saudi-led strikes on Yemen convoy kill 31 civilians

Saudi bombs kill 31 civiliansSaudi-led airstrikes hit a convoy of civilians fleeing violence in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people, medical officials said, making it among the deadliest single attacks since the air campaign against Shia rebels and their allies began nearly three months ago.

The two airstrikes hit a convoy of vehicles loaded with civilians, including women and children, who were fleeing north from the southern city of Aden, which has seen intense clashes in recent months.

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Gillibrand says Obama failed to stop rape in military's ranks after Senate blocked her bill

GillibrandSen. Kirsten Gillibrand said President Obama broke a promise and failed to act to stop rape in the military's ranks in pointed remarks Tuesday after the Senate blocked her bill overhauling the services’ handling of sexual assault.

"I expect more leadership," she said. "And I am hopeful for more leadership from the President. The Pentagon is failing in the mission," she said earlier. "Our Commander-in-Chief is failing in the mission.

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Arizona doctors won't have to say abortions can be reversed

abortion instruction in ArizonaArizona's attorney general won't enforce a disputed section of a new law requiring abortion providers to tell women they can reverse drug-induced abortions until the matter can be sorted in court.

The decision made public Tuesday comes as the state prepares to defend itself in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers.

Critics have said there's no science that shows drug-induced abortions can be reversed, and abortion providers argue it's unconstitutional to require doctors to say something that goes against their medical judgment.

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