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Russia hopes to reach gas deal with Ukraine this week

ATYRAU Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he hoped Russia and Ukraine would this week settle their remaining differences over a timetable for Moscow to redeem natural gas debts from Kiev. Novak reiterated that Kiev must repay at least part of its $5.3 billion gas debt before Russia's state-owned gas producer, Gazprom, resumes gas supplies to Ukraine. (Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin)

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Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation

(Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation. ...

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Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday. The conservation group's Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humankind's demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover. ...

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Government's dole plan would violate human rights

(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)   The federal government has been warned it will breach Australia's international human rights obligations if it makes young job seekers wait six months for unemployment benefits.   The Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by a Coalition MP, has found the plan is incompatible with the rights to social security and an adequate standard of living.   The controversial measure is set to be debated this week in the Senate, where it was already facing...

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Nauru asylum seekers reportedly sewing lips shut over visa denial

WARNING: This article contains graphic images More than a dozen refuges have attempted suicide, according to activists, who have also alleged that at least seven children have sewn their lips together in the wake of the Abbott government's recent visa decision. The decision, announced last week, could mean the reintroduction of temporary protection visas to boat arrivals on Christmas Island and the mainland.

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They stopped the boats, but at what cost?

The investigation was carried out by asylum seeker expert and Go Back To Where You Came From presenter Dr David Corlett, and here he gives his opinion on what he found and Australia’s asylum seeker policy in general… The government has all but claimed victory in stopping asylum seeker boats. Offshore processing and turning around boats at sea have been important elements in achieving this goal. Also important has been its efforts at returning asylum seekers, especially Sri Lankans.

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Exercise as a prescription for depression: here’s how it works

We all know that lacing up and breaking a sweat is good for our mood, and that exercise can feel like a lifeline when the stresses of life threaten to engulf us. But how a pounding workout helps lift us from the encroaching gloom was a mystery—until now. Using mice that were stressed to the point where depression would be a predictable response, researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute in Stockholm uncovered a cascade of biochemical events that begins with exercise and ends with mice that...

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