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Few heart patients use cardiac rehab after stenting

Few heart patients use cardiac rehab after stenting Despite benefits from rehabilitation such as better quality of life and lower rates of rehospitalization, patients may not attend these sessions because of issues related to insurance, costs and access to a rehab facility, the study authors report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Efforts to get doctors to increase their referrals of patients for cardiac rehab have worked, the authors write, but more needs to be done to make sure patients attend the sessions. "Unfortunately, the use of cardiac rehabilitation among eligible patients remains low," he told Reuters Health by email.


Northeast Congo insecurity hampers response to measles outbreak

Northeast Congo insecurity hampers response to measles outbreak Insecurity in northeast Congo has hampered a measles vaccination drive and forced people to flee their homes, local responders said on Wednesday, complicating efforts to control the spread of a virus that has killed more people that Ebola this year. At least 1,500 people have died from measles in Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of 2019, according to health authorities, compared with 1,390 felled by an Ebola epidemic in the east. Ethnic violence between Lendu farmers and Hema livestock herders in the northeastern province of Ituri has forced thousands to seek sanctuary in refugee camps in the regional capital of Bunia.


Canada opens probe into 250,000 GM pickups, SUVs over brake performance

Canada opens probe into 250,000 GM pickups, SUVs over brake performance The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in November into 2.73 million U.S. 2014-2016 model year SUVs and pickups after receiving 487 reports of hard brake pedal effort accompanied by extended stopping distance that were attributed to deterioration of the engine-driven brake assist vacuum pump.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain, yields lower after Fed signals possible rate cuts

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain, yields lower after Fed signals possible rate cuts A gauge of global stock markets added to gains on Wednesday and benchmark U.S. Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar fell after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled possible rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of this year. The U.S. central bank held interest rates steady and said it "will act as appropriate to sustain" the economic expansion as it approaches the 10-year mark and dropped a promise to be "patient" in adjusting rates. The market expects the Fed could cut rates as soon as next month.


Mom who died in Michigan river with 2 girls was 'tired, sad'

Mom who died in Michigan river with 2 girls was 'tired, sad' A Michigan woman who drove her car into a river, killing herself and twin daughters, had been talking about being "sad and lonely," a family member said. The bodies of Ineza McClinton, 44, and 9-year-old twins Angel and Faith McClinton were recovered Monday and Tuesday from the Kalamazoo River. McClinton was "having some difficulties in her life," another daughter, Tishyron McClinton, told TV station WWMT .


Northeast Congo insecurity hampers response to measles outbreak

Northeast Congo insecurity hampers response to measles outbreak Insecurity in northeast Congo has hampered a measles vaccination drive and forced people to flee their homes, local responders said on Wednesday, complicating efforts to control the spread of a virus that has killed more people that Ebola this year. At least 1,500 people have died from measles in Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of 2019, according to health authorities, compared with 1,390 felled by an Ebola epidemic in the east. Ethnic violence between Lendu farmers and Hema livestock herders in the northeastern province of Ituri has forced thousands to seek sanctuary in refugee camps in the regional capital of Bunia.


Pot, guns, sports betting on agenda for lawmakers' last day

Pot, guns, sports betting on agenda for lawmakers' last day Maine lawmakers are hoping to finish up work on marijuana sales, renewable energy and online sports betting during the last scheduled day of this session Wednesday. Lawmakers say they are prepared to work into the night to get it all done.


Gymnastics-USA Gymnastics updates Safe Sport Policy

Gymnastics-USA Gymnastics updates Safe Sport Policy After being rocked by a sexual abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics on Wednesday released an updated Safe Sport Policy designed to provide clearer guidelines to protect those involved in the sport. The policy, posted on its website, lists seven categories of reportable misconduct: sexual, emotional, physical misconduct, stalking, bullying behaviour, hazing, and harassment. It links to a page where misconduct can be reported online.


Sierra Leone president opens bids for 7 km airport bridge

Sierra Leone president opens bids for 7 km airport bridge Sierra Leone's president opened a tender process on Wednesday for building a 7 km bridge at a cost of up to $2 billion to link Freetown to the country's only international airport. Freetown International Airport at Lungi is currently accessible only by boat or helicopter, separated from the capital by the nearly five km (three mile) wide mouth of the Rokel river. "I will closely superintend the entire process and ensure that every tender is compliant and every tender is in the best long-term interest of Sierra Leone," President Julius Maada Bio said in a Wednesday speech at State House.


Police: Attorney's wife killed spouse, burned his body

Police: Attorney's wife killed spouse, burned his body Police say the wife of an Atlanta attorney shot him and then burned his remains in a wooded area on their property. News outlets report 59-year-old Melody Farris was arrested in Tennessee on Tuesday and charged with malice murder, aggravated assault and concealing a body. Farris' son found the remains in July 2018 in Cherokee County but the badly charred remains were difficult to identify.


2 arrested in gun death of 5-year-old boy in Wisconsin

2 arrested in gun death of 5-year-old boy in Wisconsin Police in Wisconsin say two men who dropped off a 5-year-old boy at a hospital with a fatal gunshot wound have been arrested. The child, Dakari Weldon, was shot Monday at a home in Kenosha and taken to Froedtert South Hospital. The child's grandfather, Curtis Cannon, told WISN-TV that the men who left Dakari at the hospital were his adult sons.


Tennis-Kristyna beats Karolina in battle of Pliskova twins

Tennis-Kristyna beats Karolina in battle of Pliskova twins Kristyna Pliskova pulled off the biggest win of her career but it was bad news for twin sister Karolina who was on the receiving end of a 6-2 3-6 7-6(7) defeat at the Birmingham grasscourt event on Wednesday. The world number 112 fired down 24 aces as she beat world number three Karolina in their first meeting in a WTA event. It was her first win against a top-five ranked player and she will go on to play fellow Czech Barbora Strycova in the quarter-finals.


France sends top diplomat to Iran for talks to reduce tensions

France sends top diplomat to Iran for talks to reduce tensions French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic adviser travelled to Iran on Wednesday to hold talks with local officials as part of European efforts to reduce tensions in the Gulf region, a presidency official said. "The diplomatic adviser did indeed travel to Iran on June 19...to hold high-level talks with the objective of contributing to a de-escalation of tensions in the region," the official said, confirming information from two diplomatic sources. The diplomat, Emmanuel Bonne, has been based in Iran in the past and is a Middle East expert.


Man arrested for slapping reporter's hand at Trump's rally

Man arrested for slapping reporter's hand at Trump's rally Authorities in Florida say a man was arrested outside the arena where President Donald Trump made his reelection announcement for trying to slap a cellphone out of a journalist's hand. The Orlando Police Department said Wednesday that 51-year-old Daniel Kestner is facing a battery charge for trying to slap the phone out of the hand of Orlando Sentinel reporter Michael Williams. An arrest report says Williams was filming Kestner arguing with another man outside the Amway Center.


UPDATE 1-Has "the sacrificial lamb" arrived?: UN cites new recordings in Khashoggi murder

UPDATE 1-Has "the sacrificial lamb" arrived?: UN cites new recordings in Khashoggi murder Moments before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered last October, two of his suspected murderers waiting at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate fretted about the task at hand, according to a U.N. report published on Wednesday. Will it "be possible to put the trunk in a bag?" asked Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer who worked for a senior advisor to the crown prince, according to the report from the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. Mutreb and 10 others are now on trial in closed hearings in Saudi Arabia for their role.


Erdogan says opposition candidate's alleged insult could bar him from Istanbul mayoralty

Erdogan says opposition candidate's alleged insult could bar him from Istanbul mayoralty Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan intensified pressure on the opposition candidate in a re-run election for mayor of Istanbul by saying he would be barred from taking office if found guilty of insulting a provincial governor. Ekrem Imamoglu, from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), narrowly beat the candidate of Erdogan's AK Party in a March mayoral contest. The AKP's loss of Istanbul in the March 31 local elections was one of the worst setbacks for Erdogan since his Islamist-rooted party swept to national power in 2002.


Sierra Leone president opens bids for 7 km airport bridge

Sierra Leone president opens bids for 7 km airport bridge Sierra Leone's president opened a tender process on Wednesday for building a 7 km bridge at a cost of up to $2 billion to link Freetown to the country's only international airport. Freetown International Airport at Lungi is currently accessible only by boat or helicopter, separated from the capital by the nearly five km (three mile) wide mouth of the Rokel river.


Media in Russia's south protest journalist's arrest

Media in Russia's south protest journalist's arrest Journalists in southern Russia are protesting the arrest of a newspaper editor on charges of terrorism widely seen as trumped up. Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, the religious affairs editor of the independent weekly Chernovik, was arrested Friday in the Caspian Sea province of Dagestan. Investigators say that he had sent money to charities suspected of funding the Islamic State group and other militants — the accusations he denied.


UPDATE 1-Soccer-AC Milan appoint Giampaolo in bid to end trophy drought

UPDATE 1-Soccer-AC Milan appoint Giampaolo in bid to end trophy drought AC Milan appointed Marco Giampaolo as their new coach on Wednesday, handing him the job of trying to end their eight-year trophy drought and take them back to the Champions League after a six-season absence. It is the first time the 51-year-old, previously in charge of Sampdoria for three seasons, has coached at one of Serie A's big clubs and he will also be looking to land the first trophy of his well-travelled and somewhat chequered career. Milan said in a statement that they had handed Giampaolo a two-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.


Dutch prosecutors charge 4 in shooting down of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine

Dutch prosecutors charge 4 in shooting down of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine Dutch prosecutors said they are charging four pro-Russian separatist commanders for their role in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, pledging that the trial would begin in March 2020. Three of the men charged were Russian citizens, and Dutch police said they believed one of the commanders may have been an active member of Russia's military intelligence service at the time of the shooting down in July 2014. A Dutch-led international investigation has been examining who was responsible for the disaster, which killed all 298 passengers, and on Wednesday at a press conference in Nieuwegein in the Netherlands, investigators announced they now had enough evidence to bring charges.


UPDATE 1-Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship

UPDATE 1-Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday. Rugby’s governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 countries that make up the Six Nations and Rugby Championship to enter into exclusive negotiations. World Rugby identified the inability to reach a consensus on key issues such as the timing and format of promotion and relegation as the reason for scrapping the project.


Louisville survives shaky 8th, 9th to beat Auburn 5-3 at CWS

Louisville survives shaky 8th, 9th to beat Auburn 5-3 at CWS Two Louisville relievers survived anxious moments to hold Auburn to two runs over five innings and the Cardinals eliminated the Tigers from the College World Series with a 5-3 win Wednesday, completing a game suspended by rain one day earlier. Auburn (38-28) went 0-2 in its first CWS appearance since 1997. Louisville led 4-1 when the game was suspended after four innings Tuesday.


CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts

CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts Wall Street rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady, as expected, and signaled potential cuts later this year. Saying it "will act as appropriate to sustain" economic expansion, the central bank signaled rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of 2019. "We think the Fed delivered.


Soccer-Mendy pinching himself at journey from wheelchair to Bernabeu

Soccer-Mendy pinching himself at journey from wheelchair to Bernabeu New Real Madrid signing Ferland Mendy recalled at his presentation on Wednesday the moment when he thought he would never play football again. The France left back, 24, joined Real last week from Olympique de Lyonnais for a reported 48 million euros, part of a huge squad rebuild by the 13-times European Champions which has already surpassed 300 million euros. "When I was 15 years old I had a hip operation and they told me I wasn't going to play football again," Mendy said.


Boeing is moving space division headquarters to Florida

Boeing is moving space division headquarters to Florida Boeing says it is moving the headquarters of its space and launch division to Florida. The company said Tuesday that it was moving the space division headquarters from Arlington, Virginia, to Titusville on Florida's Space Coast. Boeing official Leanne Caret says it makes sense to move Boeing's space headquarters to Florida, where so much space history has taken place and the company is working on several future launches.


UPDATE 1-Joe Biden under fire from rivals for remarks about civility with segregationists

UPDATE 1-Joe Biden under fire from rivals for remarks about civility with segregationists Former Vice President Joe Biden came under sharp criticism from some of his Democratic presidential rivals on Wednesday for remarks he made this week about his time working civilly with segregationists serving in the Senate in the 1970s. U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, called on Biden to apologize. Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the criticism.


UPDATE 1-Cuba forces dissidents into exile, advocacy group says

UPDATE 1-Cuba forces dissidents into exile, advocacy group says Cuba's state security is pressuring dissidents to go into exile in its attempt to weaken opposition on the Communist-run island, a non-governmental human rights organization said on Wednesday. The Madrid-based Cuban Prisoners Defenders released a 259-page report that named 35 activists, independent journalists and artists whom authorities had forced to leave the country over the past two years, telling them never to return. State security threatened them with prison or bodily harm if they did not leave and harassed their families, the NGO, which has links to Cuba's largest opposition group, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), said.


Spacey accuser can't find phone defense wants, lawyer says

Spacey accuser can't find phone defense wants, lawyer says An attorney for a man who has accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Nantucket bar says the man cannot find a cellphone he has been ordered to turn over to the defense. Nantucket District Judge Thomas Barrett earlier this month ordered Spacey's accuser to provide to state police by Friday the cellphone the accuser used at the time of the alleged groping. Spacey's lawyers want to try to recover text messages they say would help the actor's case.


CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts

CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts Wall Street rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady, as expected, and signaled potential cuts later this year. Saying it "will act as appropriate to sustain" economic expansion, the central bank signaled rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of 2019. Buoyed by growing confidence the Fed will cut rates, and by hopes of an end to the U.S.-China trade war, U.S. stocks have climbed in recent weeks.


New rally called while Phoenix police chief promises change

New rally called while Phoenix police chief promises change Police Chief Jeri Williams promised change in her department after being booed by some of hundreds of people gathered to discuss a videotaped police encounter that has caused a national outcry. The meeting at a downtown church Tuesday night was called by the city after the release of a bystander's video of officers who pointed their guns and shouted obscenities last month at a black family. Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiancee Iesha Harper, who was holding their 1-year-old daughter, say their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store without their knowledge.


Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss. The survey of nearly 4,700 beekeepers managing more than 300,000 colonies goes back 13 years and is conducted by bee experts at the University of Maryland, Auburn University and several other colleges. Beekeepers had been seeing fewer winter colony losses in recent years until now, said Maryland's Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the bee partnership and co-author of Wednesday's survey.


Erdogan says opposition candidate's alleged insult could bar him from Istanbul mayoralty

Erdogan says opposition candidate's alleged insult could bar him from Istanbul mayoralty Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan intensified pressure on the opposition candidate in a re-run election for mayor of Istanbul by saying he would be barred from taking office if found guilty of insulting a provincial governor. Ekrem Imamoglu, from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), narrowly beat the candidate of Erdogan's AK Party in a March mayoral contest. The AKP's loss of Istanbul in the March 31 local elections was one of the worst setbacks for Erdogan since his Islamist-rooted party swept to national power in 2002.


Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources

Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries' row over tariffs and trade. The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa program, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the United States each year, comes days ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to New Delhi. India, which has upset firms such as Mastercard and irked the U.S. government with stringent new rules on data storage, is the largest recipient of these temporary visas, most of them to workers at big Indian technology firms.


Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover join renewed debate over reparations on Capitol Hill

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover join renewed debate over reparations on Capitol Hill Steps away from the U.S. Capitol – a building built by slaves – the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held its first hearing in more than a decade on the hot-button topic of reparations for the descendants of Africans brought to America, enslaved and impacted by discriminatory policies including segregation. At the end of the Civil War formerly enslaved families were promised by Union leadership 40 acres and a mule -- an offer never fulfilled.


U.S. names first Native American woman poet laureate

U.S. names first Native American woman poet laureate The United States on Wednesday named its first Native American to the role of poet laureate, a woman whose poetry reflects the struggles and stories of indigenous people in America. The poems of Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, are "carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom," said U.S. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who made the announcement. The job of U.S. poet laureate is raising national appreciation of reading and writing poetry, and they often launch projects to expand the audience for poetry, the Library of Congress said.


3 guilty in Kenya Garissa University attack that killed 148

3 guilty in Kenya Garissa University attack that killed 148 A Kenyan court Wednesday found three people guilty of conspiracy to commit a terror attack after phone records and handwriting linked them to the 2015 Garissa University assault that killed 148 people. Mohamed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Aden Hassan and Rashid Charles Mberesero will be sentenced on July 3, Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said. A fourth person, Sahal Diriye Hussein, was acquitted.


EXCLUSIVE-U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules-sources

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules-sources The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries' row over tariffs and trade. The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa programme, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the United States each year, comes days ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to New Delhi.


NOAA Fisheries biologists record singing by rare right whale

UPDATE 1-Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

UPDATE 1-Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to Shareholder activists on Wednesday urged Google parent Alphabet Inc to break itself up before regulators force the world's biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces. SumOfUs, a U.S.-based group that aims to curb the growing power of corporations, presented the proposal at Alphabet's annual shareholder meeting at an auditorium at the company's offices in Sunnyvale, California. It should sell off some assets now "rather than waiting for antitrust regulators to set a path" and potentially deriving less shareholder value, Sonamtso said.


UPDATE 1-Strong quake hits Indonesia, no reports of damage

UPDATE 1-Strong quake hits Indonesia, no reports of damage A powerful earthquake struck Indonesia early on Thursday, 248 km west of Jayapura, Irian Jaya, in the province of West Papua, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. USGS said the quake had a magnitude of 6.3, revising its initial estimate of the magnitude from 6.5.


WRAPUP 3-Fed holds rates steady, signals cuts possible later this year

WRAPUP 3-Fed holds rates steady, signals cuts possible later this year The U.S. Federal Reserve held interest rates steady on Wednesday but signaled possible rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of this year, as it responded to increased economic uncertainty and a drop in expected inflation. The U.S. central bank said it "will act as appropriate to sustain" the economic expansion as it approaches the 10-year mark and dropped a promise to be "patient" in adjusting rates. While new economic projections showed policymakers' views of growth and unemployment largely unchanged, they saw headline inflation at just 1.5 percent for the year, down from the 1.8 percent projected in March.


Soccer-AC Milan name Giampaolo as new coach - club statement

Soccer-AC Milan name Giampaolo as new coach - club statement Former European champions AC Milan have named Marco Giampaolo as their new coach, the club said in a statement on Wednesday. The 51-year-old, previously in charge of Sampdoria for three seasons, will replace Gennaro Gattuso who left at the end of last season. "AC Milan announces that, from 1 July 2019, it will entrust the technical management of the first team to Marco Giampaolo, with a contract which runs until 30 June 2021, with an option to extend until 30 June 2022," the statement said.


Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York

Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state has failed after state leaders did not reach a consensus on several key details in the final days of the legislative session. Despite broad support for legalization and polls showing its statewide popularity, lawmakers couldn't agree on the many details of legalization, such as how tax revenue should be spent, whether past pot convictions should be expunged, and whether local communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries or instead would have to opt in. With lawmakers set to adjourn this week, some supporters hope there is time to pass a more modest bill to eliminate criminal penalties for possession of marijuana and create a process for people to clear their records of past pot convictions.


UK police arrest man over plane crash death of footballer Sala

UK police arrest man over plane crash death of footballer Sala British police said on Wednesday they had arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala in a plane crash in January. Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel. "We have today ... arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act," said Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police in a statement.


MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle

MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle The new owners of the Reading (REH'-ding) Eagle plan to lay off more than a third of the staff after they assume control of the 150-year-old newspaper and the company's other assets later this month. MediaNews Group stepped forward to buy the Reading Eagle Co. for $5 million after the family-owned company filed for bankruptcy protection in March. A filing with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry says that MediaNews intends to lay off 81 of the Reading Eagle's 221 employees.


UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate panel OKs aid to ease migrant surge at southern border

UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate panel OKs aid to ease migrant surge at southern border The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved $4.6 billion in largely humanitarian aid to address a surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border with Mexico, with a vote expected in the full Senate as soon as next week. The legislation does not contain money for Republican President Donald Trump's border wall construction, and Democrats said it included provisions that would keep the Trump administration from raiding the funds to be used for the wall. The Trump administration had sought the money last month for programs that house, feed, transport and oversee record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum and straining capacity at migrant shelters in border cities.


EXCLUSIVE-Italy coalition drafts bill to reform central bank's management

EXCLUSIVE-Italy coalition drafts bill to reform central bank's management Italy's coalition has drawn up a bill aimed at giving the government and parliament the right to name the central bank's five-member board, ending the current system by which appointments are made mainly internally. The draft bill, obtained by Reuters, is likely to increase long-running tensions between the Bank of Italy and the government, made up of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League. A Bank of Italy spokeswoman declined to comment on the draft bill.


Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship

Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday. Rugby’s governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 countries that make up the Six Nations and Rugby Championship to enter into exclusive negotiations. World Rugby identified the inability to reach a consensus on key issues such as the timing and format of promotion and relegation as the reason for scrapping the project.


Oklahoma medical examiner testifies in state opioid lawsuit

Oklahoma medical examiner testifies in state opioid lawsuit Oklahoma's chief medical examiner shared tragic details about the opioid-related deaths of about three dozen residents during testimony in the state's lawsuit alleging drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and some of its subsidiaries contributed to the epidemic. Dr. Eric Pfeifer testified Tuesday that the tragic narratives represent only a small portion of the autopsies his office has performed in recent years as overdose deaths skyrocketed. Attorney General Mike Hunter, who filed the case in 2017, has said curbing and ending the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma could cost billions of dollars.


38 dead in latest intercommunal violence in central Mali

38 dead in latest intercommunal violence in central Mali A pair of attacks on ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali has left at least 38 people dead and many wounded in the latest intercommunal violence to destabilize the troubled area near Burkina Faso, authorities said Wednesday. A Malian intelligence officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with reporters, told The Associated Press that survivors of the latest attacks had identified the perpetrators as ethnic Peuhls. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the latest attacks took place in the villages of Yoro and Gangafani, in the Mopti region in central Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso.