STORY: Shares in major drugmakers started to recover Friday (August 12).It comes after GSK, Haleon, Sanofi and Pfizer said nothing material had changed regarding U.S. litigation focused on heartburn drug Zantac.The companies’ share price had fallen sharply this week.Investors were worried about lawsuits over potential cancer-causing impurities that led to the drug’s withdrawal from markets in 2019 and 2020.Analysts have said more than 2,000 Zantac-related legal cases have been filed in the U.S. The four drugmakers lost a combined $39 billion in market value over the past week.GSK was hardest hit, dropping 16% by Thursday (August 11). Zantac was originally marketed by one of its forerunner companies. The drug has been sold by several firms since the loss of patent exclusivity in the late 1990s.Investors fear the costs of any litigation could run into billions of dollars.On Friday, shares in all four companies had recovered some ground, with GSK up around 5%.
STORY: After starting in the Covilha area on Saturday (August 6), the fire has spread to several neighboring councils, burning around 37,000 acres overall.Local resident Manuel Pina was relieved after firefighters battled overnight to successfully protect his house.Wildfires have broken out across Europe this summer as successive heatwaves bake the continent and renew the focus on climate change risks to industry and livelihoods.
STORY: Interactive events were set up at shopping malls in the Middle Eastern country where fans, young and old, could try their ‘foot’ at different challenges including kicking balls into targets and dribbling through obstacles.Attendees also had the chance to win tickets to the finals which reports indicate will now begin on November 20.Multiple reports indicate the opening match pitting Qatar against Ecuador has been moved up a day from November 21 to November 20.With many locals applauding the reported change, a Canadian living in Doha, Shahram Konoodi, worried fans coming from overseas could face some logistical problems.“People have bought tickets, plane tickets, hotels, so I don’t know how this one day move, how it will impact all this planning. But one day for us, it doesn’t matter because we live here and we just go on a different date,” Konoodi told Reuters while attending a countdown event at a Doha shopping mall.
Police in England have warned residents not to leave dogs in hot cars after an officer had to smash a car window to get to a shih tzu in distress in Nottingham on Monday, August 8.Body camera footage shows police coming to the dog’s aid on the 81-degree day, and rushing the animal to the vet.“The small black shih tzu was barking and panting inside a locked car,” Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement. "The windows were left slightly open but it was not enough to prevent the dog collapsing.“Thankfully, police arrived just in time to save his life,” the department said. “They smashed the car’s window, gave him water and rushed him to a local vet in the back of a police car.”The dog’s body temperature reached 102.4 degrees Fahrenheit (39.1 Celsius) but the canine was “making a good recovery,” police said.A heat-health alert due to high temperatures was extended for another week on Friday. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police via Storyful
Police in Italy said they have not ruled out the possibility that a man rescued from a collapsed tunnel in Rome on Thursday, August 11, was attempting to carry out a bank robbery, according to a police statement to AFP.Footage released by the fire and rescue service shows crews digging a hole to reach the man. He was trapped for eight hours under Via Innocenzo XI near the Vatican, according to the fire service.According to Sky TG24, investigations were underway to determine if the man and three other people were attempting to reach a bank after digging into the earth from a vacant store. There are two banks located hundreds of meters from the collapse site, the outlet said.News outlet Corriere della Sera said there were a number of other theories as to why the man was in a makeshift tunnel, including illegal construction.Sky TG24 said the man was due to be released from the hospital on Friday. The outlet said two people linked to the incident were arrested on charges of resisting a public official, but investigators had not found evidence they were part of a group trying to dig a tunnel to commit theft. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful
Heavy rain caused flash flooding in the Las Vegas area on Thursday night, August 11, footage shows.NWS Las Vegas had warned that heavy rain, nuisance flooding, frequent lightning and wind gusts could be expected in Clark County, Nevada, until after midnight into Friday.Video posted by Twitter user @808Driver shows flooding on Flamingo Road around 10 pm on Thursday, he said. A vehicle seen driving to the recorder’s right loses its front bumper.The NWS said the region has so far recorded its wettest monsoon season in 10 years, with more than a month and a half of the rainy season still to come. Credit: @808Grinder via Storyful
STORY: Tonnes of dead fish have been found since late July in the river Oder, which runs through Germany and Poland. Both sides have said they believe a toxic substance is to blame but have yet to identify it.German broadcaster rbb reported the state laboratory found high levels of mercury in the water samples, but the governor of Poland's Lubusz region said their inspectors had only found trace amounts.According to Poland's national water management authority, 11 tonnes of dead fish had been recovered from the river on the Polish side by Thursday evening.
STORY: Elon Musk’s SpaceX might soon have a new customer. The European Space Agency has opened talks over using the firm’s rockets. It faces a shortage of satellite launchers after Western sanctions blocked access to Russia’s Soyuz rockets. The latest version of Europe’s own Ariane launcher has also been hit by delays to its development. Now the ESA says technical discussions are under way with SpaceX. The agency described it as the most operational of all alternatives. But officials stressed that they needed to check technical compatibility before they agreed any launch deal. Japanese rockets are another option. The country is counting down to the launch of its latest system. Meanwhile the fallout from the Ukraine conflict is already proving a boon for SpaceX. It’s been sweeping up other customers who would normally use Russian rockets. On Monday (August 8), Northrop Grumman booked three missions on SpaceX launchers to ferry cargo to the International Space Station. The U.S. aerospace firm is having to redesign its own Antares rockets, as they use Russian-made engines. Satellite internet firm OneWeb has also booked at least one flight with SpaceX.
A wooden cabinet holding crockery was among several ancient items discovered at an archeological dig in Pompeii, Italy, officials said on August 6.Footage shared by the Archaeological Park of Pompeii shows the shell of the wardrobe, thought to be from the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.The Park said the cabinet was about 2m (6 ft 5 inches) tall, and had at least five shelves and four doors. Inside were jugs and other containers, as well as glass plates.The cabinet was part of a large collection of objects found at the Regio V site in Pompeii where a Roman shrine was also uncovered in 2018. Rooms surrounding the shrine were uncovered in 2021. Credit: Archaeological Park of Pompeii via Storyful
STORY: To repair their homes or to leave for areas less affected by shelling.That's the dilemma facing resident's of Kramatorsk, which lies in the heart of Ukrainian-held Donbas.Iryna, a 74-year-old pensioner, said she has been told to leave the home she built in a city that's now less then 12 miles from the nearest frontline."I worked hard in a factory all my life. It took us 10 years to build this house, we gathered the construction materials... And now I should skip it all. We're told to leave. But where to? I stand by Ukraine, I love Ukraine, but there is no other place than here where I'm needed."A Russian shell hit the street in front of her house early Friday morning (August 12), partially destroying the roof and windows of Iryna's house."We actually thought that once we've built our house, we'll live in it. And now what, how do we retire? There is almost no life ahead. Everything is destroyed. The windows are gone, the roof on one side is gone. When it rains everything will be wet inside. What now? We don't have the resources to leave. Where would we go? I'm old and sick."Ukraine aims to evacuate two thirds of residents from areas it controls in the eastern battleground region of Donetsk before winter, according to deputy prime minister Irina Vereshchuk.This is partly out of concern people won't be able to stay warm amid war-damaged infrastructure.Although the authorities describe the evacuation as "mandatory," residents can opt out by declaring their intention to stay.
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A police dog and a detective have been released from treatment for injuries sustained in a car wreck, the Miami-Dade Police Department said on Thursday, August 11.“We are thankful that K9 Fox and his handler have been released from the hospital following a rollover crash,” the MDPD said, referring to the dog and the unnamed officer.Local media reported on August 10 that a narcotics detective and the dog were both injured in a crash on the Florida Turnpike in Miami-Dade.The police officer’s car “collided” with a crane around 3:15 pm local time and rolled over, the report said, without clarifying whether the officer struck the crane.The officer sustained head and shoulder injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition, while the dog’s were classified as “minor.”Video released by MDPD on August 11 shows the dog, with a bandage on one leg, being led to a car. Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department via Storyful
Dolphins wowed onlookers as the animals put on a stunning display by swimming alongside a small boat off the west coast of Ireland.Footage by John FitzGerald shows the spectacular moment. He said the video was captured near the Blasket Islands on Wednesday, August 10. Credit: John FitzGerald via Storyful
STORY: From a tough quarter for Warren Buffett, to bragging rights for Disney, this is the Week in Numbers. First up…$43.8 billion was the second-quarter loss at Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. It was hit by the slide in U.S. stock prices, but Buffett says investors shouldn't sweat over short-term market moves. $50 billion was the first-half loss at SoftBank’s flagship Vision Fund. The Japanese investment giant has been battered as the value of its tech holdings soured. Later in the week it set out plans to shore up its finances by selling a big part of its Alibaba stake. Less than $4 is the cost of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. It’s the first time in months the price has been below that level, and the big drop drove an inflation surprise. Consumer prices in July were flat, raising market hopes that the Fed won’t have to hike rates quite so fast. WealthWise Financial chief Loreen Gilbert is among the optimists: “We believe that inflation peaked in June, is coming down now and will continue to come down.” $6.9 billion is the value of Tesla shares sold by Elon Musk. The billionaire says he has to get ready in case a court forces him to go through with a deal to buy Twitter. And 221 million is the number of people subscribing to Disney streaming services now. That puts it a few hundred thousand ahead of Netflix, giving Mickey Mouse's firm top spot in the streaming wars.
STORY: Britain’s economy contracted less than feared in June.The Office for National Statistics said Friday (August 12) that gross domestic product fell 0.6%. That was the biggest drop since January last year - but less severe than analysts had predicted. The public holidays around the Queen’s Jubilee were expected to cause a big drag, as the bank holidays took away two working days from the month.But officials said the UK economy contracted by just 0.1% in the second quarter as a whole - better than analyst projections of a 0.3% drop.However, businesses most exposed to the cost of living crisis - like retailers and restaurants - struggled.The sector’s output was almost 5% below pre-health crisis levels.That as consumers cope with inflation at a 40-year high.Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi said Britain's performance points to real resilience in the private sector.But many economists expect a slide into recession.The UK is expected to enter a long downturn due to surging inflation and rising interest rates.The Bank of England predicted last week the UK would enter a recession at the end of this year and not recover until early 2024.The Bank also raised interest rates to battle inflation, and warned price rises could go above 13% in October.
A group of children took part in a candlelight vigil in Gaza on August 11, after 19 children were killed during strikes in the recent conflict in Gaza.Footage by local cameraman Mohamed Abo Oun shows the vigil taking place.UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet said the killing of children from August 5-9 was “unconscionable.”The deaths took place during days of cross-border fighting, after Israel launched airstrikes targeting members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Credit: Mohamed Abo Oun via Storyful
STORY: With no let-up in scorching temperatures likely before the weekend, firefighters backed by water-bombing aircraft battled on many fronts, saying the massive fire could change direction at any moment.Video released on Thursday by the French departmental fire and rescue service shows emergency services trying to put out a large fire near Hostens, with smoke darkening the forest area. French authorities said temperatures in the Gironde region would reach 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Thursday and stay high until Saturday.
The Juniper Road Two Fire in southeast North Carolina grew to an estimated 2,000 acres after pushing through firelines, the North Carolina Forest Service said on Thursday, August 11.As of Thursday morning the fire was at 25 percent containment, the service said.The fire, which began on August 2 after a lightning strike in the Holly Shelter Game Land, pushed beyond the fireline on Wednesday and is progressing east towards Highway 50, the service said.Changing weather, difficult terrain, high heat and low relative humidity are all posing a challenge for the firefighting effort, it said.No structures were threatened as of Thursday.Helicopter footage from the fire service showed heavy smoke over the trees. Credit: North Carolina Forest Service via Storyful
Firefighters from six countries traveled to Gironde, France, to help battle wildfires that have spread to 7,400 hectares as of August 12, according to local authorities.Nearly 400 firefighters from Poland, Romania, Austria, Germany, Greece, and Italy are working alongside 1,100 French firefighters to battle a blaze which began on August 9 near Saint-Magne. They are also contributing a combined 101 vehicles and four aircraft.Local authorities reported on August 11 that 10,000 people have been evacuated from their homes due to the wildfire.On August 11, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne visited Gironde and emphasized the importance of tackling global warming. Credit: Sapeurs-Pompiers 33 via Storyful
An orphaned joey was rescued by wildlife rangers based in Tamalla, New South Wales, as seen in footage released on August 12.In a press release sent to Storyful, Aussie Ark explained how their Rangers discovered a baby kangaroo abandoned by its mother, curled up on the ground in freezing cold temperatures. The joey is a Rufous Bettong, also known as a rat-kangaroo.Ranger Kelly Davis brought the joey inside to warm him up, perform a health check, and feed him. The joey is believed to be three months old, is in good health, and has been named Stanley.Stanley will receive around-the-clock care for the next 6-8 months, which involves bottle feeding every three hours, even during the night. Rangers will monitor his health and ensure he is developing well. Once he reaches maturity, he will be released into Aussie Ark’s conservation program with other Rufous Bettongs. Credit: Aussie Ark via Storyful
A car battled rushing, bumper-high flood water near the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada on Thursday, August 11.Footage recorded by @Skittishandbus shows a car attempting to drive though water on a street outside the LINQ Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.Onlookers can be heard cheering on the car, saying, “I don’t know if he can do it!”NWS Las Vegas issued a flood warning for the Las Vegas Valley on Thursday, warning of heavy rain and nuisance flooding. Credit: @Skittishandbus via Storyful
STORY: Footage filmed by the County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue shows the whirlwind blowing over a field following a wildfire in Durham County. The weather phenomenon, which usually happens when it's very warm, is not common in England. Parts of England are in the middle of their second heatwave this summer with temperatures forecast to top 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) for the next few days, having reached their highest ever of more than 40C last month.
STORY: Visitors sang, danced, kissed and frolicked in the rain and had their photo taken with the Seattle skyline in the background."We’re inviting everyone and anyone to come into the Seattle rain booth to cool off, to feel refreshed and feel a little of the Seattle romance and what the rain brings,” Ali Daniels, the chief marketing officer of Visit Seattle, told Reuters.Derek Berlane, 51, from Los Angeles, jumped at the chance to cool off and stood completely under the rain, pretending to be on his phone.He said the booth was “pretty cool on a day that’s about 90 on the beach that we never have, so it’s pretty nice. I appreciate it. It makes me miss Seattle.”While some used the booth as an Instagram opportunity, there were others who had an emotional response to the rain.Daniels said "There was a little baby that was just like putting its little paws in the rain and you could tell it probably hadn't seen the rain in a while and a gentleman said he hasn't seen rain in six months and he put his head in it and it was just.... Like that's just what the world needs, joy."Participants in the booth were given a free image of their rainy experience.The booth is taking its rain booth to other hot locations in the United States. Next stop: the Arizona desert.
STORY: Navy personnel were seen firing guns on board a vessel, while military vehicles launched missiles from a desert. The drills lasted over a dozen hours, simulating different scenarios, Chinese state-run media CGTN reported.China said on Wednesday (August 10) it had "completed various tasks" around Taiwan, but will continue regular patrols, potentially signalling an end to days of war games while keeping up pressure on the self-ruled island.Furious at the visit to Taipei last week by U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a vocal critic of China for decades who stands second in line of succession for the U.S. presidency, China had extended its largest-ever exercises around the self-ruled island it claims as its own beyond the four days originally scheduled.
STORY: Britain's Met Office said this July was the driest for England since 1935 with average rainfall, at 23.1 millimetres (0.9 inches), just 35% of the average for the month. Some parts of the country saw the driest July ever.The River Thames stretches 215 miles (356 kilometres) across southern England, from Gloucestershire in the west through the heart of London, before entering the sea at Essex to the east.The natural spring that supplies the river, known as the source, dries up most summers. But this year the dry riverbed reaches significantly further downstream than in previous years, according to observations by conservation experts."The Thames would normally be at its source - and there's a nice pub next to it - would be about 15 kilometres back upstream," Alisdair Naull, an engagement officer at the Rivers Trust, told Reuters while standing in a small section of the Thames in Cricklade, about 80 km west of London."It's very, very shallow here ... but you don't have to go much further up this little bit of the Thames to find yourself stood on dry ground. And really, that is ground that should still be wet and should always be wet."Naull said the shallow, warmer water contained less oxygen, which fish and other wildlife needed to thrive.Unprecedented heat and a lack of rainfall has pushed two water companies in the country's south to announce temporary bans on the use of hosepipes and sprinkler systems. Thames Water, which supplies 15 million customers across London and south east England, said it was planning to introduce the similar curbs.A four-day "extreme heat" warning came into force in parts of England and Wales on Thursday. The Met Office issued its first such warning ever last month, when temperatures breached 40C (104F) for the first time.