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FDA to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes

nicotin level

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren’t so addictive. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the move Friday. The federal agency has had the power since 2009 to cut nicotine levels but hasn’t done so. The FDA plans to seek comments as ...

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Study: Gum disease linked to higher cancer risk in women

women cancer

Women who have a history of gum disease face a higher risk of several types of cancer, particularly tumors in the esophagus and breasts, a U.S. study found Tuesday. “A history of periodontal disease was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of developing any cancer,” said the study published ...

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Study: Oil, gas could be worth billions per year

lebanon fuel

The estimated average annual revenues from potential oil and gas reserves would be approximately $5.7 billion for 20 years, a study by Fransabank has said. “The government’s revenues are expected to be boosted from the exploitation of oil and gas: 15 percent corporate income tax, 60 percent profit share on ...

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The United States is working with Russia to stabilize Syria


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the U.S. was working with Russia and others to find ways to stabilize Syria after Daesh’s (ISIS) defeat and to create new de-escalation zones in the war-torn country. His comments came a few days after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions ...

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Lebanese Army, vows to defeat terrorism

ميشال عون

The Cabinet is poised to make a new batch of administrative appointments this week, but the session will be dominated by issues such as the economy, electricity, and the security situation in Arsal following Hezbollah’s offensive that defeated militants in the northeastern town’s outskirts, official sources said Tuesday. The Cabinet ...

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Diaspora returns for first international dabke competition


Jacqueline Martinez took her first steps on Lebanese soil in a dabke line. A Mexican of Lebanese descent, she doesn’t speak Arabic, and, like many of the country’s 8 million emigrants now scattered across the world after fleeing war, she never even imagined she would travel to Lebanon, the home ...

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Headway on AIDS threatened by funding slowdown


Progress in beating back the AIDS epidemic risks being eroded by a funding shortfall set to grow under Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to global health projects, experts and campaigners warned ahead of a major HIV conference. If adopted by Congress, the 2018 Trump budget could deprive some 830,000 people, mostly ...

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