Killer 1918 Flu Recreated

  • Scientists in the United States say they have re-created the lethal influenza virus that killed 50 million people in 1918 and 1919. And they have concluded that the bug probably originated as an avian bug and then spread to people. CBC News

  • The U.S. Supreme Court is considering arguments over the validity of a state law that allows doctor-assisted suicide. Oregon is the only state in America that allows dying patients to obtain lethal doses of medication from their doctors. CTV News

  • Iraq's Parliament voted Wednesday to reverse last-minute changes to rules governing next week's referendum on a new constitution, prompting Sunni Arabs to drop their threat to boycott the crucial vote. The altered rules would have made it effectively impossible for Sunni opponents of the draft constitution to reject the text at the Oct. 15 referendum. CTV News

  • Jordan's King Abdullah said Palestinian and Israeli leaders will meet next Tuesday to revive Mideast peacemaking. A statement issued by Abdullah's press office late Wednesday said the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas "is in response to the king's efforts to push forward the peace process." CTV News

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