Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

UK Leader Cameron Apologizes for Tainted Blood Scandal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

UK Leader Cameron Apologizes for Tainted Blood Scandal

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New round of talks with Iran set to begin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is back in Switzerland to resume Iran nuclear talks as negotiations go down to the wire against an end-of-month deadline for the outline of a deal.

With just days until that target is reached, Kerry touched down in Geneva late Wednesday and was driven to the lake resort of Lausanne. En route to Geneva, U.S. officials said the deadline was achievable but remained uncertain amid significant gaps in certain areas.

One official traveling with Kerry to the talks said the American side "can see a path forward to get to agreement" by the end of March. The official said the last round of talks, also in Lausanne, produced more progress than previous rounds when it ended last weekend.

Cameron apologizes for contaminated blood scandal * British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday apologized to thousands of patients who were infected from contaminated blood during the 1970s and 1980s.

Tainted government blood products and transfusions infected an estimated 2,500 people with the hepatitis C virus and HIV from 1970 to 1991. The scandal has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of Britain's public health care system.

Cameron's apology came after a six-year official inquiry was completed. The probe said more should have been done to screen blood and donors in the early 1990s. But it concluded there were few things that could have been handled differently, and that once the risk of HIV had emerged, "all that could reasonably be done was done." It offered one recommendation: that anyone who had a blood transfusion before 1991 be tested for hepatitis C.

Victims' families reacted angrily, with some calling the investigation a "whitewash."

Scaffolding collapse kills 14 in Vietnam * At least 14 people were killed and 28 others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in central Vietnam.

Deputy police chief in Ha Tinh province, Bui Dinh Quang, said Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work on a seaport breakwater project. …

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