The Daily Populous

Sunday October 10th, 2021 night edition

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China has pledged 'peaceful reunification' with Taiwan.

Taiwan president to say no backing down on sovereignty.

TAIPEI, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pledge to defend the island's sovereignty and democracy in a major speech on Sunday, saying it faces challenges more complex and severe than ever, at a time when tensions with China have risen.

Tsai will reiterate Taiwan's full determination to defend itself and maintain regional peace and stability, and also stress Taiwan will not "advance rashly".

1/2 Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a gala on the eve of Taiwan's National Day at Hsinchu Air Force Base in Hsinchu, Taiwan October 9, 2021.

Taiwan reacted angrily to the speech, saying only Taiwan's people have the right to decide their own future, and decrying China's coercive tactics.

Reporting by Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Ann Wang in Hsinchu, Taiwan; editing by Philippa Fletcher. »

Biden declares October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day and says restoring national monuments is the 'easiest thing I've ever done so far as President'

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Biden acknowledged in a Columbus Day proclamation that European explorers harmed Native Americans.

On Friday, the Biden administration restored protections for two national monuments in Utah.

"This may be the easiest thing I've ever done so far as President," Biden said Friday during a speech outside the White House. »

Anti-cancer drug derived from fungus shows promise in clinical trials

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Oxford University researchers have worked in collaboration with industry leaders NuCana to assess a novel chemotherapy drug derived from a fungus.

A study in Clinical Cancer Research has shown that the new drug NUC-7738, developed by NuCana, has a up to 40 times greater potency for killing cancer cells than its parent compound, with limited toxic side effects.

However, it breaks down quickly in the blood stream, so a minimal amount of cancer-destroying drug is delivered to the tumour. »