North Macedonia hosts its first Gay Pride march

SKOPJE (Reuters) – North Macedonia held its first Gay Pride march on Saturday, in a test of the conservative Balkan country’s record on respecting minority rights as it seeks to join the European Union. Gay men, lesbians and other members of the LGBT community continue to face discrimination and hate attacks across the Balkans. North…

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China tightens vaccine management after scandals

BEIJING (Reuters) – China passed a law on Saturday tightening the supervision and management of how vaccines enter the market, requiring stricter management of their production, research and distribution, after a series of safety scandals. China has pledged to reform and improve vaccine production and management after the scandals, including one last year in which…

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Encompass Health to pay $48 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations: DOJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Encompass Health Corp has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The settlement resolves allegations in three lawsuits that some of Encompass Health’s inpatient rehabilitation facilities provided inaccurate information to the federal Medicare program to maintain their…

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Pfizer’s Avastin biosimilar wins FDA approval

(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its biosimilar to Roche Holding AG’s blockbuster cancer treatment Avastin. Pfizer’s Zirabev received approval for the treatment of five types of cancer, including colorectal and lung cancers, it said. In 2017, U.S.-based Amgen Inc’s Mvasi was approved by the…

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Google announces new subsea cable ‘Equiano’, connecting Africa and Europe

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday announced a new subsea cable dubbed “Equiano” that will connect Africa with Europe, as it boosts its cloud computing infrastructure. Equiano, fully funded by Google, is the company’s third private international cable. The search engine giant, which has invested $47 billion in improving its global technology infrastructure over…

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UK’s Johnson says Huawei must not jeopardize intelligence-sharing

EXETER, England (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the front-runner to be Britain’s next prime minister, said Britain should not allow its relationship with Chinese networks firm Huawei to jeopardize intelligence-sharing with allies including the United States. “We should not be doing anything that will deter cooperation with our most valuable intelligence partners, the Five Eyes,” Johnson…

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