Iranians protest over plunging economy as Rouhani warns of ‘economic war’ with US

Protesters in Iran entered their third day of demonstrations over the country’s faltering economy as President Hassan Rouhani claimed it faces “economic war” with the US. Videos showed protesters confronting police in the capital, Tehran, as the Iranian rial plunged to 90,000 to the dollar – double the government rate of 42,000 rials to $1.…


Diego Maradona ‘treated by medics’ after Argentina win

Diego Maradona was reportedly treated by medical staff after Argentina’s dramatic victory over Nigeria at the World Cup. The former Argentina star had been watching from the stands at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, where he was seen swearing at fans following Marcos Rojo’s late winner. A video posted on social media appeared to show Maradona,…


17 states sue Donald Trump to reunite immigrant families

Seventeen states have sued the Trump administration to force thousands of immigrant children to be reunited with their parents. New York and California are among the states which have launched legal action against the president as pressure mounts on his administration to reconnect families separated at the US border more quickly. They joined forces as…


Chemical weapons watchdog should name attack culprits

Boris Johnson has called for the international chemical weapons watchdog to get beefed up powers to name countries behind attacks using them. He said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) should be able to use its “forensic, scientific impartiality” to identify states that use the banned substances aggressively. The foreign secretary’s comments…


VA to Congress: First Cerner EHR install will go live by 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ EHR project will go live in the Pacific Northwest and by fully functional by March 2020, VA officials told the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on Tuesday. The VA will ensure the effectiveness of its pilot sites early in the process, assessing the planned sites in Spokane, Seattle and…


Austria carries out border exercise as EU states refuse to allow migrant rescue ship to dock

Hundreds of Austrian police and soldiers have carried out an exercise on the Slovenian border over fears of a repeat of the 2015 migrant crisis. Two Black Hawk helicopters hovered over the border on Tuesday as police cadets played the role of migrants standing at gates asking to be allowed in. More than 500 police…


CMS creates Chief Health Informatics Officer position to lead interoperability push

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted a new leadership position, Chief Health Informatics Officer, which will lead the agency’s interoperability efforts and health IT strategy. Posted late last week, the CHIO will focus on improving interoperability and innovation for CMS. According to the job posting, the executive will also develop CMS’ IT strategy, work…


Outcome Health founders step down from board

The founders of Outcome Health, Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal have stepped down from the company’s board, just six months after they resigned from their respective CEO and president roles. The news comes just days after Matt McNally was named the company’s new CEO. Outcome Health also announced four new board members last week. Matthew…


Jordan keeps border sealed as it says it cannot take more Syrian refugees

Jordan has said it cannot receive more Syrian refugees as escalating fighting in southern Syria is displacing tens of thousands of people. Some 45,000 people are believed to be on the move and headed toward the border with Jordan, following government airstrikes on a rebel-held area of Syria’s Daraa province. But Jordanian officials have said…


Teen’s death sentence for killing rapist husband overturned

The death sentence handed to a Sudanese teenager who killed her husband when he tried to rape her has been overturned. Noura Hussein is no longer on death row after her country’s appeal court released its verdict, reducing her conviction from ‘pre-meditated’ murder to ‘unlawful killing’. The conviction carries a five-year jail term. The 19-year-old…