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  • U.S. official urges deal on meat label clash with Mexico, Canada

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A negotiated solution is the best way to resolve a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over meat labeling in the short term, a U.S. official said on Monday. The World Trade Organization said earlier the United States has not done enough to change its meat labeling rules after losing a challenge brought by Mexico and Canada. “A negotiated solution, not further litigation at the WTO, is the most realistic path to getting this issue resolved in the near-term," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...

  • U.S. risks trade sanctions in WTO meat label dispute

    Rich Jochum displays a package of lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) at the Beef Products Inc (BPI) facility in South Sioux CityBy Tom Miles and Krista Hughes GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring its meat labeling laws fully into line with international fair trading rules. The WTO said the United States had not done enough to change its labeling laws, requiring retailers such as grocery stores to list the country of origin on meat, after it lost an earlier WTO challenge brought by Mexico and Canada. Canada said it would watch for changes to U.S. ...


  • Exclusive: Allergan shareholder Paulson & Co urges deal with Shire - sources

    A sample of Botox is seen at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group at the Americana Manhasset luxury shopping destination in ManhassetBy Olivia Oran (Reuters) - Allergan Inc shareholder Paulson & Co is urging the Botox maker to merge with specialty pharmaceutical company Shire Plc as an alternative to a deal with hostile bidder Valeant Pharmaceuticals , according to two people familiar with the matter.    The hedge fund told Allergan CEO David Pyott that it would support a deal with Shire, the sources said. The deal would not be structured as a so-called tax inversion, the people said. It was not immediately clear whether Allergan would pursue such a deal. Allergan and Paulson declined to comment. ...


  • Obama keeps his schedule clear to focus on Ebola

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign rally for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., at Chicago State University on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)CHICAGO (AP) — Rarely one to leave anything to chance, President Barack Obama is playing it by ear this week as his administration's response to the Ebola scare continues to evolve.


  • World must stop Ebola in West Africa or face 'pandemic': Castro

    Cuba's President Castro talks to his Venezuelan counterpart Maduro during the opening ceremony of the ALBA-TCP Extraordinary Ebola summit in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The world must confront Ebola in West Africa to prevent what could become one of the worst pandemics in human history, Cuban President Raul Castro told his closest allies on Monday. "I am convinced that if this threat is not stopped in West Africa with an immediate international response ... it could become one of the gravest pandemics in human history," said Castro, who is sending 461 Cuban doctors and nurses to West Africa. ...


  • APNewsBreak: Colorado seeks ban on most edible pot

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies.

  • Norwegian Ebola patient cured

    The first Norwegian patient infected with the Ebola virus arrives at the Oslo University Hospital on October 7, 2014Oslo (AFP) - A Norwegian woman who contracted the Ebola virus while working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone was cured and released from an isolation unit Monday.


  • Watching movie sex and violence may desensitize parents: study

    I watched 'The Expendables 3' in theaters and I want my money backBy Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents may get so accustomed to seeing sex and violence in movies and television that they end up lowering their standards for what kids are allowed to watch, a new report suggests. In a new study, parents who watched several clips of movie violence in succession became desensitized over time, and they relaxed their standards for what they would allow their children to see. In particular, the researchers point out, the violence in PG-13 movies has become more graphic over the last several decades. ...


  • Valeant says may raise Allergan bid; beats on profit

    The head offices of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. are seen in Laval, QuebecBy Rod Nickel and Ashutosh Pandey (Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX.TO VRX.N said on Monday that it may raise its bid for Botox maker Allergan Inc AGN.N after the Canadian company posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit. Valeant CEO Michael Pearson said a possible revised stock and cash bid would be worth more than $200 per share, assuming that Valeant's stock rises, and would include more cash. The current bid is worth about $52.7 billion or $176 per share. Shares of Laval, Quebec-based Valeant were up 3 percent at C$139.51 in Toronto on Monday. ...


  • Nigeria declared Ebola-free, holds lessons for others

    By Camillus Eboh and Angela Ukomadu ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who diagnosed it, kept him in hospital despite protests from him and his government and later died from Ebola herself. ...