Pence: US ‘ready, willing and able’ to negociate ‘immediate’ free-trade agreement with the UK | AFP

US Vice President Mike Pence says the United states is ‘ready, willing and able’ to ‘immediately’ negociate a free-trade agreement with the UK during a visit to 10 Downing Street. SOUNDBITE

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United by fear of China, Hong Kongers stage record march | AFP

A huge peaceful protest in Hong Kong against controversial plans to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland descended into violence as police fought running battles with small pockets of demonstrators.

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On The Touchline: Jose Mourinho praises Man Utd and Ajax coaches (EP 01)

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On his new RT show ‘On the Touchline with Jose Mourinho’, the Portuguese picked United boss Solskjaer and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as the standout personalities from this week’s Champions League after their teams pulled off major shocks.


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How One Washington State Senator Is Rationalizing The Measles Outbreak (HBO)

CLARK COUNTY, Washington — The United is currently home to six ongoing measles outbreaks. But with 70 confirmed cases, Clark County, Washington in particular, has gotten a lot of attention. It’s quickly become a classic example of what happens when parents hesitate to vaccinate their children. Still, the spread of a highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease hasn’t been enough to change everyone’s minds about vaccines.

Washington State Senator Lynda Wilson told VICE News during a recent interview that she believes the measles vaccine has caused more harm than the disease itself — a statement that has been debunked by multiple peer-reviewed studies, including a massive study published this week. She also said she hasn’t actively reached out to any scientists or doctors to verify her opinion on the matter. “I’m kind of busy up here, and so I’m just dealing with what I’m getting from my constituents,” she said.

The measles is a nasty disease that can lead to serious complications, including swelling of the brain and pneumonia. It also kills around 1 or two children out of every 1000 who become infected. That’s why scientists recommend the vaccine, which is both safe and effective. But right now, Clark County has an unusually low vaccination rate.

So, Senator Wilson’s view of vaccines aren’t just emblematic of the crisis — they could also have an impact on upcoming legislation. A proposed bill would eliminate one of Washington’s non-medical vaccine exemptions, the philosophical exemption, and Senator Wilson has already said she plans to vote to keep the exemption. “I don’t believe that everyone should be having to do them,” she said, in reference to vaccines.

Despite having vaccinated her own children when they were younger, Wilson doesn’t think parents should be required to do so with their own kids — at least not American parents. “The cases are coming from out of the country,” she said. “So, you know, maybe what we should do is start thinking about requiring vaccinations if you’re coming into our country. Maybe they should be vaccinated instead of requiring all of our people to be vaccinated.”

The CDC says that the current measles outbreaks are linked to travelers. But there’s little evidence to suggest that vaccinating visitors to the United States would be at all effective. That’s because the measles vaccine, called MMR, is only 93 percent protective after a single dose, so people who aren’t vaccinated can still get sick. That’s why scientists say it’s important for communities to reach a certain vaccination rate — a concept called “herd immunity.” When a high number of individuals in a community are vaccinated, that limits the spread of disease and prevents those who, for medical reasons, cannot be vaccinated from becoming sick.

“Measles continues to exist in other countries and within the United States,” a spokesperson for Clark County Public Health told VICE News. “As long as measles is present elsewhere, it’s only a plane, car, train or boat ride away from our community and will continue to be a risk for our community or any community with large unvaccinated populations.”

Senator Wilson says the current outbreak is under control. Moreover, she says the people who were infected will benefit from the disease. “We didn’t have any deaths, and we didn’t have any hospital stays. So I don’t know that it’s unacceptable,” she said. “I mean, now these people have full immunity for the rest of their lives.”

VICE News went to Washington state to see how the measles outbreak is impacting a parent, a pediatrician, and a legislator.

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Solskjaer takes home sixth straight United victory

In a match at Wembley that pitted two of the bookmakers’ favourites to permanently replace Jose Mourinho against one another, it was the interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who came out on top against Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.

Man United midfielder refuses to wear poppy: ‘Disgrace’ or private matter?

Nemanja Matic has defended his decision not to wear a poppy on his jersey during the Manchester derby on Remembrance Sunday this weekend, saying that it serves as a reminder of attacks he experienced growing up in war-torn Serbia.



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Santa Fe Students Return Amid Support, Anxiety

Classes resumed at Santa Fe High School, less than two weeks after a student shot and killed 10 people there. Returning students were greeted by supporters holding signs saying “Santa Fe Strong” and “United We Stand.” (May 29)

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