Indonesia's push to cut red tape sparks forest fire concerns
JAKARTA, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia's plans to cut red tape to attract investment could lead to an increase in forest clearing and fires, environmentalists warned on Wednesday, as lawmakers continued to debate the measures ahead of a scheduled recess this week.
Sweden's health agency says open schools did not spur pandemic spread among children
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's decision to keep schools open during the pandemic resulted in no higher rate of infection among its schoolchildren than in neighbouring Finland, where schools did temporarily close, their public health agencies said in a joint report.
UPDATE 2-Positive news on Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could come Thursday - report
LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - Positive news on initial trials of the University of Oxford's potential COVID-19 vaccine that has been licensed to AstraZeneca could be announced as soon as Thursday, ITV's political editor Robert Peston said, citing a source.
UK's Prince William calls for end of illegal wildlife trade amid coronavirus crisis
LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William called for the illegal wildlife trade to come to an end, saying that the coronavirus pandemic had helped highlight the dangers it poses to public health and urging groups to work together to stop it.
UPDATE 1-UK PM Johnson commits to coronavirus inquiry, but not yet
LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed on Wednesday to holding an inquiry into the country's handling of the coronavirus crisis but said now was not the time as the battle to combat the pandemic was ongoing.
Russian scientists hail results of COVID-19 vaccine trial
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response.
Living near gas flaring sites may increase risk of preterm birth, study shows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women living near oil and gas production sites where natural gas is flared may be at a higher risk of giving birth preterm, a team of California researchers reported on Wednesday.
Japanese robot to clock in at a convenience store in test of retail automation
TOKYO (Reuters) - In August, a robot vaguely resembling a kangaroo will begin stacking sandwiches, drinks and ready meals on shelves at a Japanese convenience store in a test its maker, Telexistence, hopes will help trigger a wave of retail automation.
UN warns of dangerous drop in vaccinations during COVID pandemic
LONDON (Reuters) - Levels of childhood immunisations against dangerous diseases such as measles, tetanus and diphtheria have dropped alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic, putting millions of children at risk, United Nations agencies said on Wednesday.
Residents at China's giant lake unfazed as rainfall breaks records
SUZHOU, China (Reuters) - Around one of China's biggest freshwater lakes, residents said they were confident they could fend off this year's floods, even as rainfall continues to break records.
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