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Malaysian turmoil takes new twist as Mahathir and Anwar ally again

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad will stand for the premiership on behalf of the former ruling coalition, the interim prime minister said on Saturday, less than a week after he quit and plunged the country into turmoil. FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with Reuters in Putrajaya, Malaysia, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng. “I am now confident that I have the numbers ... Full story

China's factory activity posts record contraction as coronavirus bites

BEIJING (Reuters) - Factory activity in China contracted at the fastest pace on record in February, highlighting the damage from the coronavirus outbreak on the world’s second-largest economy. FILE PHOTO: An employee works on the production line of a robot vacuum cleaner factory of Matsutek in Shenzhen, China August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo. China’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to a record low of 35.7 in February ... Full story

After missteps, CDC says its coronavirus test kit is ready for primetime

Feb. 28, 2020, 9:29 PM UTC / Updated Feb. 29, 2020, 12:29 AM UTC. Some states received test kits that were inconclusive or only partially accurate. Other states said they were hamstrung by testing criteria so narrow, it limited who they could screen for the new coronavirus. For more than a month, officials throughout the country have been asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enable more widespread testing for the ... Full story

Mainland China reports 427 new coronavirus cases on Feb. 28, up from day earlier

People wearing face masks walk next to barriers set up at a residential area in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer. BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China had 427 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Friday, the country’s National Health Commission said on Saturday, up from 327 cases a day earlier. That brings the total accumulated number of confirmed cases ... Full story

Elliott built a stake in Twitter, is pushing for changes: source

FILE PHOTO: Paul Singer, founder and president of Elliott Management Corporation, speaks at WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo. NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Elliott Management has built a stake in Twitter inc ( TWTR.N ) and is pushing for changes, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Founded by billionaire Paul Singer, New York-based Elliott is one of ... Full story

Scientists accidentally discover first-ever "animal" that doesn't need oxygen to breathe

It has fewer than 10 cells, lives within the muscles of salmon and doesn't have mitochondria . It sounds like science fiction, but researchers say they've recently discovered the first-ever "animal" that doesn't require oxygen to live. A tiny parasite called Henneguya salminicola is the first known multicellular animal that can survive without oxygen, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of ... Full story

About 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese, government survey finds

Feb. 27, 2020, 2:29 PM UTC. About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government researchers said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings come from a 2017-18 health survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 U.S. adults took part. The survey found that the obesity rate was 42 percent — higher than the 40 percent found in a similar 2015-16 study. The severe obesity rate was ... Full story

Fasten your seat belts, U.S. Congress sets hearing on air travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The airline industry could run into turbulence on Capitol Hill next week as a U.S. Congressional panel tackles passenger complaints about unpleasant airline experiences, holding a hearing that will include budget airline Spirit Airlines Inc ( SAVE.N ) and passenger advocates. FILE PHOTO: A Spirit Airlines Airbuys A320-200 airplane sits at a gate at the O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois October 2, 2014. Incoming stormy ... Full story

Cape Verde court finds Russians guilty in record cocaine bust

Policemen stand guard outside the courthouse during a trial of eleven Russian sailors, accused of smuggling over nine tonnes of cocaine from Central America, in Praia City, Cape Verde January 27, 2020. REUTERS/ Jolio Rodrigues. PRAIA (Reuters) - The Russian captain and crew of a cargo ship captured last year in Cape Verde with the biggest cocaine haul ever seized in the country were found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to jail on ... Full story

FCC Fines Big Four Carriers $208 Million For Location Privacy Violations

FILE - In this April 12, 2019 file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ... [+] during an event in Washington. U.S. phone companies likely broke the law by sharing data that can pinpoint the location of smartphone users, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday, Jan. 31, 20120. FCC Chairman Pai said in a letter to Congress that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law and could be ... Full story

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