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  • Abbvie To Buy Allergan For $60 Billion In Latest Pharma Megadeal

    Just months after Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene announced one of the biggest drug industry tie-ups in recent memory back in January, another pharmaceutical industry megadeal has landed.

    WSJ reports that Abbvie Inc. is nearing a deal to buy Allergan for more than $60 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, as the two big drugmakers bet a merger will help them secure new sources of growth.

    The takeover is worth $188 a share in cash and stock, and is expected to be announced...

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  • Report warns of major air pollution in Bosnian city of Tuzla

    Environmental groups have called for urgent measures to combat air pollution in the central Bosnian city of Tuzla, saying dust concentration far exceeds legal limits and causes premature deaths

  • New Sanctions Mean Path To Diplomacy Closed "Forever", Iran Warns

    Despite the fact that Washington had already sanctioned more than 80% of Iran's economy, so the notion that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials still have any exposure to the Western financial system is a little ridiculous, President Trump delivered on his promise to impose new sanctions on the Supreme leader and other senior Iranian officials on Monday, with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin adding that more sanctions against Foreign Minister Javad Zarif would be handed down...

  • African swine fever hits industrial farms in Vietnam, 2.8 million pigs culled

    Vietnam has culled nearly 10% of its pig herd to contain an African swine fever outbreak that has started hitting large-scale industrial farms, the government said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • As The EU Refuses More Migrants, 1000s Trapped In The Balkans Are Overwhelming The System

    Authored by "Selco" via The Organic Prepper blog,

    There are numerous reports that an influx of migrants is overwhelming the already-fragile system in the Balkans. You may think this is not pertinent if you don’t live in Europe. But just like the collapse of Venezuela, the Balkan War, and the collapse of Greece, there are patterns of behavior to which attention should be paid.

    Here’s a quick video with a glimpse at the situation occurring right now in Bihac, a city of about 61,000 people in the...

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s missed opportunity to shine

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a socialist and therefore, has no place in U.S. government, no rightful role representing the Constitution, because socialism and a democratic-republic, such as America is, do not mix. That being said: The young socialist nonetheless had a chance to shine, and she blew it. She had

  • London Police Hunting "Burka Wearing" Men Filmed In Acid Attack

    Shocking video purporting to show an acid attack in progress went viral after it was uploaded to the internet. Though over the weekend it was unclear exactly what had happened in the dramatic footage showing two men throwing something into a vehicle on a London roadway, after which two victims frantically got out of their car while stripping and shaking violently, London police have now confirmed it was the second in a series of acid attacks which occurred last Friday. 

    On Monday Scotland...

  • The Slow Return Of Eurosclerosis

    Authored by Thomas Kirchner and Paul Hoffmeister via,

    With protests by yellow vests in France approaching their six month anniversary and the European economy showing signs of not a temporary dip, but prolonged weakening, it is a good moment to take a step back and analyze the current situation as well as its implications for the medium to long-term outlook for Europe.

    As we see it, European economies have been weakening significantly, and even worse, Germany, the...

  • Germany Can't Locate Scores Of ISIS Fighters Who May Have Slipped Back Into The Country

    The German government can't locate over 160 German "Islamic State" sympathizers who left home to fight with the terrorist organization and may have returned to Germany, according to Welt am Sonntag. 

    The Federal Ministry of the Interior speculates that most of them were likely killed in combat, but that they could have "succeeded in escaping and/or disappearing" back into the country. The ministry added that it's unlikely that the individuals would pass unnoticed in Germany because of...

  • The climate costs of a plastic planet

    Every stage of the plastic lifecycle releases harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere, contributing to global heatingUpset about the plastic crisis? Stop trying so hardPlastics are among the most ubiquitous materials in our economy, our lives, and our environment. They are also among the most pervasive and persistent pollutants on Earth.

    In recent years, stark images of beaches, waterways, and wildlife filled with plastic have spurred demands for action to address plastic pollution. These...

  • The case for a special Democratic climate debate

    Housing, immigration, health – there’s no policy area that won’t be touched by the climate crisis. The Democratic candidates should embrace the challenge

    Twenty candidates – ten candidates per night – will take the stage during this week’s two-part Democratic primary debates. Each debate will last two hours, and, excluding introductions and interruptions, each candidate will have roughly 12 minutes of total speaking time. How much of that can we reasonably expect to be devoted to the climate...