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Cancer treatment for MS patients gives 'remarkable' results

MS treatment 'remarkable'UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing "remarkable" improvements after receiving a treatment usually used for cancer.

About 20 patients have received bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. Some patients who were paralysed have been able to walk again.

Prof Basil Sharrack, of Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: "To have a treatment which can potentially reverse disability is really a major achievement."

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Israel employs double legal standard in West Bank, US envoy charges

Dan ShapiroUS ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Monday leveled sharp criticism against Israel’s West Bank settlement policy, and alleged Israel had two standards of law in the territory, one for Israelis and one another for Palestinians.

The comments — coming on the day that an Israeli mother-of-six killed by a Palestinian terrorist was laid to rest, and a pregnant woman was injured in a second attack– drew a harsh response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, who called the remarks “unacceptable and incorrect.”

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Is Iran Really So Evil?

Demonizing IranThe demonization of Iran is arguably the most bizarre and self-defeating of all U.S. foreign policies. Americans view Iran not simply as a country with interests that sometimes conflict with ours, but as a relentless font of evil. This is true across the political spectrum, from Hillary Clinton’s assertion in 2008 that she is ready to “totally obliterate” Iran to Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent description of Iranians as “people who want to kill us.” American politicians rarely speak that way about any other country. Iran occupies a unique place in our pantheon of enemies.

So what is occurring now between Iran and the United States is hard for many Americans to process. Twice in the past week, on the eve of implementation of the historic Iran nuclear deal—under which certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency will permit a partial lifting of sanctions—Tehran and Washington have behaved as though they are, if not quite like friends, then like something less than enemies.

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More Quakes Rattle Oklahoma but State Avoids Tough Measures

Earthquakes in OklahomaIn Oklahoma, now the country's earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they're feeling on firmer ground though no one is ready yet to declare victory.

A year ago, the states had a common problem — earthquakes caused by the disposal of wastewater from oil and gas exploration. They chose different solutions. Kansas, following early scientific studies, decided to restrict how much and how fast the wastewater could be pumped back underground. Oklahoma instead initially concentrated on the depth of the wastewater injections.

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The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

Trump supportersIf I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?  You’d be wrong.

In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

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More Than 100 People Quarantined After Sierra Leone Ebola Death

Sierra Leone not free of EbolaMore than 100 people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last week, highlighting the potential for the disease to spread, just as the deadliest outbreak on record appeared to be over.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week declared that "all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa" after Liberia joined Sierra Leone and Guinea in going six weeks with no reported new cases of Ebola. At the same time, it warned of possible flare-ups as survivors can carry the virus for months.

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‘ISIS’ attack on Muslim man in Bronx sparks community outrage

Teens beat Muslim manResidents and community leaders expressed outrage over the weekend following the attack of a Muslim who was beaten by teens shouting “ISIS, ISIS.”

Mujibur Rahman, 43, a Bangladeshi man who on Saturday was wearing traditional South Asian clothing, was attacked in front of his horrified 9-year-old niece in the Bronx. The incident happened on Watson and Pugsley Aves. in Parkchester on Saturday around 5:30 p.m., authorities said.

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CIA base chief in Benghazi denies ordering team to stand down as depicted in '13 Hours'

Bdn Ghazi tragedyThe officer in charge of the CIA's Benghazi base on the night four Americans were killed during attacks in 2012 says 13 Hours, a big-screen account of the events, is inaccurate.

A source identified only as Bob told The Washington Post he did not instruct his security team to "stand down" rather than attempt to rescue U.S. diplomats under siege nearby.

"There never was a stand-down order," the high-ranking operative insisted. "At no time did I ever second-guess that the team would depart."

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Tax-dodging by superrich driving global inequality, Oxfam says

Oxfam: Super Rich tax dodging cauing global inequalityTax dodging by the super-rich is one of the main drivers of global income inequality and must be sharply curtailed, according to a new report from the global nonprofit Oxfam.

Citing research by Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman — a protégé of Thomas Piketty, author of the global bestseller on inequality, Capital — Oxfam estimates that wealthy households around the world had as much as $7.6 trillion squirreled away in offshore accounts at the end of 2013. Another recent analysis by the groups

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