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Trump denies crude slur against migrant countries

US President Donald Trump has denied using crude words attributed to him about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Reports that he had called them “shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting generated a backlash worldwide. One UN official called the remarks racist and said they opened “the door to humanity’s worst side”. But Mr Trump has tweeted that “this was not the language” he used in a meeting about immigration. He wrote that the language he used was “tough, but this was not the language used”. What was he…

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Dozens of countries now tax sugary drinks but sweet-toothed Australia isn't interested

This year five countries, including Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa, will join 26 nations who have raised the price of sugary drinks in the hope of a healthier population. Meanwhile, Australia – one of the fattest countries in the world – is defiantly refusing to consider a so-called “sugar tax”. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Why bicycle training wheels are ineffective Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 03:50 More Lifestyle Videos Previous slideNext slide From fat to Fitz SMH writer Peter FitzSimons explains the simple changes he made to…

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UN: About 11 percent of drugs in poor countries are fake

About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. It’s the first attempt by the U.N. health agency to assess the problem. Experts reviewed 100 studies involving more than 48,000 medicines. Drugs for treating malaria and bacterial infections accounted for nearly 65 percent of fake medicines. WHO’s director-general said the problem mostly affects poor countries. Between 72,000 and 169,000 children may be dying…

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Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries

Media playback is unsupported on your device A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year. Between 2012 and 2016, the planet’s artificially lit outdoor area grew by more than 2% per year. Scientists say a “loss of night” in many countries is having negative consequences for “flora, fauna, and human well-being”. A team published the findings in the journal Science Advances. Their study used data from a Nasa satellite radiometer – a device designed specifically to measure…

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Why cancer rates are increasing in the world's 'top' countries

Australians have access to some of the best healthcare in the world, allowing us to avoid many preventable illnesses, receive good care when we’re unwell and live longer. Ironically, this advantage may be fuelling an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and, according to new research, cancer.  The University of Adelaide study found that the world’s wealthiest countries have much higher rates of cancer than much poorer countries.  Quality healthcare may have an unlikely side-effect. Photo: Stocksy Looking at cancer rates over four to five generations, comparative anatomy and human evolution expert Professor…

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Armenia Might Be One of the Oldest and Youngest Beer-Making Countries in the World

In 1984, Charlie Papazian authored The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, a landmark text (now in its fourth edition) that laid out for the first time in simple, straightforward terms, the basic formula for making beer in the comfort of one’s home. Papazian soon became the guardian of an entire generation of brewers and his calming mantra, “Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew,” set the cultural stage for beer to become more than just a beverage in modern America, but a way of life. The last few decades have witnessed the…

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