International News of April 3, 2009 - Najib Razzak sworn in as new Malaysian Prime Minister

2009-04-03 14:49:33 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - World News News)

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International news of April 3, 2009

  • Malaysia gets new Prime Minister
  • Venezuelan President hopes closure and return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba
  • Same sex marriage made legal in Vermont
  • Stand off in Korean waters continue as N. Korea prepares for launch
  • Liraglutide, Novo Nordisk diabetic drug approval under dispute

Malaysia gets new Prime Minister

Kaula Lumpur (AFP): After resignation of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the vacuum so created was filled with Mr. Naib Razak who will be sworn in as the next Prime Minister of Malaysia. He will be facing the daunting task of steering the nation out of the economic crises. The AFP news report states, “The incoming prime minister has said he will focus on a programme to unite the multi-racial nation, whose ethnic minorities shifted towards the opposition in large numbers in the 2008 polls, fearing their rights were being eroded.”

Venezuelan President hopes closure and return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba

Doha (Dawn.com) While in Cuba, President Hugo Chavez is making his best efforts to send messages to the United States that his government looks forward to the closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison and return of the Guantanamo Bay to Cuba. He also pledge that his country is willing to take in the prisoners of the detention facility by says that, ‘We would have no problems in taking human being, he said to the Arab News TV satellite channel.

Same sex marriage made legal in Vermont

(CNN news): Same sex marriage will be made legal by the Vermont House with the final voting due on Friday. Yesterday the house voted 95-52. The senate passed the bill last week with 26-4.

The republican governor Jim Douglas said that he opposed the bill.

Stand off in Korean waters continue as N. Korea prepares for launch

Seoul (Reuters): As the final preparation are being made by the North Korean authorities to launch their satellite, the US increases pressure to stop the satellite launch. South Korea has show its worries against such launch yet North is making all final preparations to go along with its plan of launch on the April 4 - 5. The South Korean official stated that, “We consider the situation as being imminent, they are in the final stages of launch preparations.”

Liraglutide, Novo Nordisk diabetic drug approval under dispute

Washington(The Wall Street Health Journal): The diabetic drug’s approval is under dispute with the FDA people divided upon the usefulness of the medicine. The news reports said, “ panel on Thursday voted 6-6 with one abstention on whether data on a certain type of thyroid tumor seen in rodent studies allow for marketing of the product.” “The concern is that the type of tumor seen in rats and mice could cause a rare, but potentially more serious, type of thyroid cancer in humans. Both the panel and the FDA said although it isn’t clear whether the data are relevant to humans, they aren’t enough to rule it out.”



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