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New drug options, risk factors added to US heart guidelines

Updated US guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as two newer types of cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly high risk of heart attack or stroke. The recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, last issued in 2013, acknowledge recent research showing the benefit of very low levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which contributes to fatty plaque buildup and narrowing of arteries. The medical groups, which announced the…

Allies keep Syria options open as Britain says no strikes planned

LONDON/DAMASCUS: Western powers have no plans for further missile strikes on Syria but will assess their options if Damascus uses chemical weapons again, Britain’s foreign minister said on Sunday as debate raged over the legality and effectiveness of the raids. US, French and British missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program on Saturday in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago, and the three countries insisted they were not aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad or…

Dell, VMware decide to explore options including merger: sources

US computer maker Dell and business software provider VMware have decided to explore options that could include a potential merger of the two companies, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The move, which may not result in any deal, comes as Dell, the world’s largest privately held technology company, seeks new avenues for growth following its debt-laden acquisition of data storage provider EMC for $67 billion in 2016. Dell plans to announce as early as Friday that it will review a possible reverse merger…

Nokia still reviewing options for undersea cables unit: CEO

HELSINKI: Nokia is still reviewing its options for its undersea cables unit, a business that underpins the global Internet, chief executive Rajeev Suri said on Thursday. Reuters reported in May that Nokia was planning to sell the ASN division, which is one of the top suppliers of undersea cable networks in the world and is valued at 800 million euros ($944 million). Read More: Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute and sign new deal “We are still in the middle of our strategic review which we have set for ASN, so there’s…

Trump says ‘all options on the table’ after North Korea fires missile over Japan

TOKYO/SEOUL: North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea on Tuesday, prompting a warning from US President Donald Trump that “all options are on the table” as the United States considers its response. The test, one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, came as U.S. and South Korean forces conduct annual military exercises on the peninsula, angering North Korea which sees them as a preparation for invasion. North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic…

FIFA keeps bidding options open for 2026 World Cup

MANAMA: FIFA are to leave open the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup until August, it said in a statement on Tuesday, after rejecting an attempt by the three-nation North American proposal to fast-track their plan. The bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada remains the only proposal so far to host the 2026 event, but FIFA's ruling council on Tuesday opted to give other possible bidders a further three months. While no rival bid has so far emerged, there have been media reports that Morocco could join the…

US, allies weigh options after North Korea’s missile test: adviser

WASHINGTON/PYONGYANG: The United States, its allies and China are working together on a range of responses to North Korea's latest attempted ballistic missile test, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser said on Sunday, citing what he called an international consensus to act. "We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options," national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC's "This Week" program. "This latest missile test just fits into…

Iran says has options if nuclear deal fails

TEHRAN: Iran wants all parties to stick to an international nuclear deal but has options if that does not happen, its foreign minister said on Thursday after the US election victory of Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull out of the pact. "Of course Iran's options are not limited but our hope and our desire and our preference is for the full implementation of the nuclear agreement, which is not bilateral for one side to be able to scrap," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. President Barack Obama's outgoing…