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Transformational Late StageToday's biopharma industry has a richer and more exciting late stage pipeline of compelling new therapeutics than its had in years, drawing lots of enthusiasm from analysts and investors. Goldman... Sachs (GS) recently published a report on the "10 drugs that could transform the industry" (Jan 2014), highlighting how many of these drugs have "game-changing commercial potential", and that these drugs will help the industry "move beyond the cliff" of patent expiries. The GS healthcare team has put this "10 drug" snapshot out for the past few years and it's always great list of inspiring therapeutics.
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Satellite company officialChris McLaughlin, whose company is now serving as technical advisors on the investigation, said on "The Kelly File" the company looked at the data it had on its network and found the jet continued to... transmit signals for hours after it lost contact with air traffic control. 
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New Sanctions No Joke: PutinThe reaction to the first round of U.S. and European sanctions against the Russian ruling elite was laughter. Declared one of those singled out: Whoever put these sanctions together is a "joker."... Indeed, the first set of U.S. sanctions was weak and the European sanctions weaker. This is no longer the case. The Western sanctions bite where they hurt. Moreover, the U.S. Treasury has sent Vladimir Putin a chilling warning: We know where your money is, and we can expose you for what you are." The Treasury hinted at a "direct (financial) relationship" between Putin and owner of a shadowy oil trading company chartered in Switzerland, who happens to be on the sanctions list.
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EU blacklist to add top officials

CNN - 21 Mar 2014 06:33
After hours of chewing over how to deal with Russia's annexation of Crimea, EU heads have added a further 12 individuals to their blacklist.
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Nine people were killed Thursday in an attack by the Taliban on a luxury hotel in Kabul that is used by United Nations staff and foreign visitors, news reports said, citing police and government... officials.
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Russian Militias ReleaseAs Ukraine prepares to withdraw all forces from Crimea, Russian troops continue to close in on Ukrainian naval and military strongholds, seizing three warships
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Xu Caihou, a retired PLA general and former vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC), was taken from his sick bed at 301 Military Hospital in Beijing on Saturday by dozens of... armed policemen, the South China Morning Post reported, quoting unidentified sources.
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Michelle Obama arrives in China

CNN - 21 Mar 2014 07:04
First lady Michelle Obama is in China for an official visit to expand Sino-American relations, but she will refrain from talking about political differences.
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HONOLULU (AP) -- Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a... heated debate.     
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Mexican hunger crusade raises questions

Boston - 21 Mar 2014 06:50
COCHOAPA EL GRANDE, Mexico (AP) -- On a recent weekday afternoon, half a dozen children crossed the main square on their way home from school in this dusty farming town of 2,600 people high in the... pine-covered mountains of southern Mexico.     
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BEIJING (AP) -- China is sending three warships and an icebreaker to join the search for possible pieces of a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean, the government said Friday....     
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Africa's last polar bear spends his days grieving his longtime companion at a zoo in Johannesburg, a far cry from his Arctic habitat.
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SEATTLE (AP) -- Investigators trying to learn what caused a fiery helicopter crash near the Space Needle that killed two men on board and burned a third on the ground now have surveillance video... footage that shows the aircraft taking off from a helipad, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Thursday.     
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BEIJING (AP) -- Two children died and another 30 were sickened in a mass poisoning at a kindergarten in southwestern China, authorities said Friday.     
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HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) -- Seven men were shot to death in an apparent ambush by rival drug traffickers near the Mexico-Arizona border, authorities said Thursday.     
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Uruguay offers to take Guantanamo prisoners

Al Jazeera English - 21 Mar 2014 04:39
The US has resettled 43 prisoners in 17 countries since Obama took office and has released 38 others to their homelands.
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President Obama Talks with "Ellen"

Boston - 21 Mar 2014 04:31
U.S. President Barack Obama appeared on the daytime talk show "Ellen" on Thursday (March 20), where TV host Ellen DeGeneres checked in on him while his wife is traveling in Asia. The playful interview... started with a list of questions provided by first lady, Michelle Obama, who is visiting China with the couple's two daughters.     
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduran police say they are looking for three men who opened fire at a soccer game in a village near the capital city of Tegucigalpa, killing five people.     
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Man Fatally Shot on Bus in Brooklyn

The New York Times - 21 Mar 2014 03:55
A gunman opened fire on a B15 bus near Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue, shooting a 39-year-old passenger in the head.     
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have made good on his vow to wipe out Twitter in his country, as Turkish tweeters are reporting that they are unable to access the service....     
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon is denying defense lawyers' efforts to reveal all surveillance information about their client obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act....     
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New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty To Threat Against Obama

The Huffington Post - 21 Mar 2014 02:43
(Please note strong language in paragraph 5) By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 20
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Mexican woman who received widespread attention for taking refuge in a Chicago church before she was deported seven years ago is back in the United States, this time with... permission.     
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BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union nations on Thursday agreed on a sweeping policy to fight tax evasion after tiny Luxembourg dropped its reservations to new rules which render its secretive banking... culture more transparent.     
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Iraqis drop unlawful death claims against UK

Al Jazeera English - 21 Mar 2014 02:33
Lawyers for Iraqi families admit insufficient evidence to prove relatives were killed in captivity by British soldiers.
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