• Tens of thousands rally in Japan to end nuke power
  • Myanmar’s Suu Kyi plans trip to US in September
  • Congo, Rwanda agree to mount force against rebels
  • Small study: Drug may help stabilize Alzheimer’s
  • US study: Britain could win 62 Olympic medals

Tens of thousands rally in Japan to end nuke power
Tens of thousands of people rallied at a Tokyo park on July 16 demanding that Japan abandon nuclear power as the country prepares to restart another reactor shut down after last year’s tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi plans trip to US in September
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on July 17 that she will accept an award in the United States in September, making her first U.S. trip in at least two decades.

Congo, Rwanda agree to mount force against rebels
The leaders of Congo and Rwanda, Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame, have agreed in principle to back a neutral international armed force to combat Congo’s newest rebellion and other fighters terrorizing civilians in the country’s mineral-rich east, and the African Union said it could help by sending soldiers.

Small study: Drug may help stabilize Alzheimer’s
For the first time, researchers are reporting that a kind of drug called Gammagard, made by Baxter International Inc. might help stabilize Alzheimer’s disease for as much as three years, although the evidence is weak and in only four patients.

US study: Britain could win 62 Olympic medals
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth released a study on July 16, predicting that Britain will easily beat its goal of winning at least 48 medals including 25 golds at the London Olympics.

FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug, Truvada, shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, the latest milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS.

Clashes spread to new areas in Syrian capital
Syrian government forces attacked rebels with helicopter gunships in the heart of Damascus on July 17, escalating a campaign to crush their opponents as clashes spread to new areas, illustrating the rebels’ growing reach.

Libya election results put liberal alliance first
Final results released on July 17 placed a liberal alliance ahead of other parties in Libya’s first free nationwide vote in half a century, leaving Islamists far behind, but each side is already trying to build a coalition with independents.

Russia accuses West of blackmail on Syria plans
Russia accused on July 16 the West of effectively trying to use blackmail to secure a new U.N. Security Council resolution that could allow for the use of outside force to end Syria’s civil war.

North Korea names new vice marshal
The official Korean Central News Agency said on July 17 North Korea has named a new vice marshal of the Korean People’s Army. The announcement comes two days following the dismissal of Ri Yong Ho, a guardian figure who had appeared often at the side of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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