US flu spreads
Washington, Jan. 11 (Reuters): The proportion of all deaths in the US last week caused by pneumonia and influenza reached 7.3 per cent, above the epidemic threshold of 7.2 per cent, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
Only the Southwest and California had “normal” flu activity last week, the agency said. The other nine regions had “elevated” activity, confirming that seasonal flu has spread across the country and reached high levels several weeks before the usual time of late January or February.
Paris (Reuters): France will intervene to stop any further drive southwards by Islamist rebels in Mali, President Francois Hollande said on Friday, as Malian soldiers launched a counter-offensive to wrest back a key town captured by militants this week.
UK army gun
London (Reuters): Britain’s military has changed its standard issue pistol to the Glock after using the Browning for more than 40 years, the ministry of defence said on Friday. It said it had awarded a £ 9 million contract to Austrian arms firm Glock for 25,000 guns because their pistol is lighter, carries more bullets and is more accurate than the US-made Browning.