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Real Madrid set to sign David Alaba on a 5-year deal
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Real Madrid set to sign David Alaba on a 5-year deal

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba will reportedly join Real Madrid this summer after rejecting the advances of Barcelona. As per Sky sources, Alaba will sign a five-year deal with Real Madrid in the coming weeks and is expected to earn more than what he is currently getting paid at Bayern Munich.Since Alaba announced that he was leaving Bayern Munich a few months ago, there has been no shortage of clubs vying for his signature. Even though his wage demands were high, the absence of a transfer fee to sign him made him a prospective target for several top clubs in Europe.David Alaba expected to replace Sergio Ramos at Real MadridSergio Ramos’ contract with Real Madrid comes to an end this summer, and the Spaniard’s absence will leave a big hole in the squad.The experienced center-bac...
UAE considering restrictions on residents without COVID-19 vaccine
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UAE considering restrictions on residents without COVID-19 vaccine

DUBAI: The UAE may place movement restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Dr Saif Al-Dhaheri, spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.“The vaccine is our best means to recover and return to a normal life … Delaying or refraining from taking the vaccine poses a threat to the safety of society and puts all groups, especially those most vulnerable to infection, at risk,” Dr Al-Dhaheri was quoted as saying by Arab News. “Strict measures are being considered to restrict the movement of unvaccinated individuals and to implement preventive measures, such as restricting entry to some places and having access to some services, to ensure the health and safety of everyone,” he added, as he urged residents age...
European Super League: All six Premier League teams withdraw from competition
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European Super League: All six Premier League teams withdraw from competition

Chelsea fans protested against their involvement in the European Super League outside Stamford BridgeAll six Premier League teams involved in the European Super League (ESL) have now withdrawn from the competition.Manchester City were the first club to pull out after Chelsea had signalled their intent to do so by preparing documentation to withdraw.The other four sides - Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham - have all now followed suit.Italian side Inter Milan are also set to withdraw as they no longer wish to be involved with the project.BBC Sport understands bosses at the Serie A club are preparing for their exit following Tuesday night's dramatic developments.The 12-team Super League, set up by the seven afore-mentioned teams and Spain's Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and ...
New efforts to improve the efficacy of nucleotide-based drugs against prostate cancer, bone metastasis
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New efforts to improve the efficacy of nucleotide-based drugs against prostate cancer, bone metastasis

Published in the Advanced Functional Materials, University of Minnesota researcher Hongbo Pang led a cross-institutional study on improving the efficacy of nucleotide-based drugs against prostate cancer and bone metastasis. In this study, Pang and his research team looked at whether liposomes, when integrated with the iRGD peptide, will help concentrate antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) into primary prostate tumors and its bone metastases. Liposomes are used as a drug carrier system, and ASOs are a type of nucleotide drug. More importantly, they investigated whether this system helps more drugs across the vessel wall and deeply into the tumor tissue. This is critical because, although nucleotide drugs offer unique advantages in treating tumors and other diseases, they of...
Ukraine’s Zelensky invites Russia’s Vladimir Putin to meet
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Ukraine’s Zelensky invites Russia’s Vladimir Putin to meet

Zelensky extended the invitation on Tuesday night during a public address, urging Putin to restore a ceasefire in the region where he said "millions of lives" are at stake."A proposal was made to meet at the contact line in order to see and understand the situation as accurately as possible. What should I understand? I go there every month. Mr Putin!" Zelensky said. "I am ready to go even further and invite you to meet anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass, where there is a war," he said.A build-up of Russian troops along the border has reignited tensions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been locked in a tense standoff with Russian-backed separatists demanding independence from Kiev since 2014. The US has assessed that the Russian military has moved more than 40 battalion ta...
Facebook, Preparing for Chauvin Verdict, Will Limit Posts That Might Incite Violence
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Facebook, Preparing for Chauvin Verdict, Will Limit Posts That Might Incite Violence

Facebook on Monday said it planned to limit posts that contain misinformation and hate speech related to the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, to keep them from spilling over into real-world harm.As closing arguments began in the trial and Minneapolis braced for a verdict, Facebook said it would identify and remove posts on the social network that urged people to bring arms to the city. It also said it would protect members of Mr. Floyd’s family from harassment and take down content that praised, celebrated or mocked his death.“We know this trial has been painful for many people,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of content policy, wrote in a blog post. “We want to strike the right balance between allowing peo...
Super League: Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City say they will withdraw
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Super League: Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City say they will withdraw

Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City have confirmed in public statements that they will no longer participate, some citing feedback from fans and other stakeholders.The withdrawal announcements came amid multiple reports on Tuesday that the 12 members of the breakaway Super League were meeting to discuss the future of the competition, first reported by TalkSPORT. CNN has reached out to the Super League for comment but has not heard back.Initial plans to form the breakaway Super League laid out on Sunday would have included six English clubs -- Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur -- alongside three teams from Italy -- AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus -- and three from Spain -- Atlético Madrid, Bar...
Scientists Reveal How AstraZeneca Vaccine Causes Unusual Clots
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Scientists Reveal How AstraZeneca Vaccine Causes Unusual Clots

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Scientists in Germany say they've worked out the two-step mechanism by which the AstraZeneca vaccine causes rare but devastating blood clots that gobble up the body's supply of platelets. So far, European regulators have reported more than 220 cases of unusual blood clots and low levels of platelets in patients who received the vaccine, called Vaxzevria, which was developed with funding from Operation Warp Speed as part of the race to develop a suite of vaccines to protect people from COVID-19. Vaxzevria has not yet been authorized for use in the United States. "This is, in my opinion, rock-solid evidence," said Andreas Greinacher, MD, head of the I...
Dementia Risk After Age 50 Increases With Less Sleep, Study Says
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Dementia Risk After Age 50 Increases With Less Sleep, Study Says

The correlation also held whether or not people were taking sleep medication and whether or not they had a mutation called ApoE4 that makes people more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, Dr. Sabia said.The researchers found no general difference between men and women.“The study found a modest, but I would say somewhat important association of short sleep and dementia risk,” said Pamela Lutsey, an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the research. “Short sleep is very common and because of that, even if it’s modestly associated with dementia risk, it can be important at a societal level. Short sleep is something that we have control over, something that you can change.”Still, as with other research in this area, the ...
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S&P 500 futures fall slightly in overnight trading, Netflix shares tank

Traders on the New York Stock Exchange.Source: NYSEStock futures fell slightly in overnight trading Tuesday amid a sharp decline in Netflix shares, pointing to a third straight negative day on Wall Street.S&P 500 futures dipped 0.1% and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.4%. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded near the flat line.Netflix shares plunged about 9% in extended trading after the streaming giant reported subscriber additions that fell far short of Wall Street estimates as the demand surge from the pandemic started to fade. Netflix posted better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, however.Wall Street suffered back-to-back losses as reopening plays led the market lower amid renewed concerns about rising new Covid cases globally. The Dow fell 250 points on Tue...