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Novartis hopeful for novel heart drug, despite ‘modest’ benefit

ZURICH: Novartis will seek regulatory approval this year for a new kind of anti-inflammatory heart drug, though some experts fear fatal infection risks and a high price may overshadow the medicine’s limited benefits. Keenly awaited clinical trial results released on Sunday showed heart-attack survivors on one of three doses of canakinumab were 15 percent less likely to suffer another major cardiac event than those on a placebo. Novartis had said in June that the drug met its goal in the study but details were only…

Turkey hopeful as Erdogan meets Qatar defence minister

ANKARA: Turkey today said it remained hopeful of a solution to the Gulf crisis that has seen its ally Qatar diplomatically and economically isolated, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with the emirate's defence minister. In Ankara's latest show of support for Qatar, Erdogan hosted Defence Minister Khaled bin Mohammed al-Attiyah for talks at the headquarters of the ruling party in Ankara. The meeting came as Ankara, which has stood by Doha throughout the crisis, resists pressure to shutter a Turkish…

Saudi Arabia king hopeful over ‘historic’ Muslim-US summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Monday expressed hope a "historic" summit to be held Sunday between Arab and Muslim nations and US President Donald Trump will enhance ties and promote tolerance. The summit will be one of three forums held during a visit by Trump, who is making Saudi Arabia his first overseas stop since assuming office in January. Trump has frequently been accused of fuelling Islamophobia but aides described his decision to visit Saudi Arabia as an effort to reset relations…