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据《新京报》报道，中国卫生部将在本月11至20日开展全国范围内的麻疹疫苗接种工 作，1亿名14岁以下儿童将免费接种。本次接种采用自愿原则，家长可以主动带孩子去定点医院接种。儿童在麻疹疫苗接种完成以后，必须要在现场留观半个小 时，防止过敏现象发生。我国计划在2012年完全消灭麻疹传染病。
据美联社报道，在中东新一轮暴力阴云的笼罩之下，美国总统奥巴马于周三召集以色列与 巴勒斯坦进行两年来的首次直接谈判。巴勒斯坦总统马哈茂德·阿巴斯和以色列总理本杰明·内塔尼亚胡定于周四在美国国务院开始进行面对面的谈判。谈判声称是 为了在保证以色列安全的同时，建立一个巴勒斯坦主权国家。内塔尼亚胡表示以方渴望的是长久和平，而非战争间的停火间隔。阿巴斯呼吁以方停止在巴勒斯坦未来 的国土上建设定居点，并停止对加沙地带的封锁。定居点问题乃是阻止巴以达成持久和平的核心障碍。
据美联社报道，瑞典高级检察官于周三重启对维基泄密创办人朱利安·阿桑奇的调查，阿 桑奇被控强奸。上周法院决定不受理此案，因为没有足够的证据证明阿桑奇强奸一瑞典女性。但此妇女的律师进行就此决定进行了上诉。检察官玛丽安·妮决定重启 此案，表示她于周二掌握了新信息。阿桑奇对指控予以否认，暗示这是维基泄密反对派的诬蔑伎俩。
据英国《每日电讯报》报道，专家表示，如果人们每天快走一会或做些强度较大的家务活 等锻炼，那么英国每年就可以减少癌症1万例。世界癌症研究基金会科学家表示，人们每天中等强度锻炼45分钟，仅仅英国每年就可以减少乳腺癌5500例。同 理，人们每天锻炼30分钟就可以使英国每年肠癌至少减少4600例。综合而言，每天锻炼30—45分钟，可以使乳腺癌和肠癌的危险降低12%。
据英国广播公司报道，警方已成功解救“探索频道”总部被劫持的3名人质，持枪劫持者 被警方击毙。劫持者名叫詹姆斯·李，是一家savetheplanetprotest.com网站的运营者。他在2008年时，就曾在探索频道楼外用数千 美金以“洒钱”的方式招募路人帮他一起抗议而被捕，原因是他认为探索频道的节目与拯救地球毫无关系。
Jinhao tea seed oil contaminated
Local health authorities Tuesday admitted they waited five months before announcing that secret recalls of camellia oil had been ordered by Jinhao, a well-known edible oil maker based in Hunan Province, after the oil was found to contain excessive amounts of a carcinogen known as Benzo(a)pyrene, Xinhua reported. The benzo(a)pyrene level in the recalled oil was five times the national limit, according to a report in The Century Weekly. Jinhao released the information about the recalls yesterday in an apology letter to customers.
Children get free measles vaccine
China's Ministry of Health is planning a nationwide measles vaccination campaign September 11-20. Vaccines will be free to around 100 million children under 14 years' old, the Beijing News reported. Immunization is optional and parents can take the children to an appointed hospital to get the injection. Children vaccinated will have to remain in the hospital for at least half an hour as a precaution against allergic reactions. China plans to eradicate measles by 2012.
Israeli-Palestinian talks begin
Under the shadow of fresh violence in the Mideast, U.S. President Barack Obama convened the first direct Israeli-Palestinian talks in two years on Wednesday, AP reported. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begin face-to-face talks on Thursday at the State Department. The declared aim of the talks is to create a sovereign Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. Netanyahu said Israel wants a lasting peace, not an interlude between wars. Abbas urged Israel to freeze settlement construction in areas the Palestinians want as part of their new state, and to end the blockade of Gaza. The settlements issue is the central obstacle to achieving a permanent peace.
Swedes reopen Assange rape case
A senior Swedish prosecutor reopened a rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday, AP reported. The charge was dropped last week for lack of evidence that Assange had raped a Swedish woman, but the woman's lawyer appealed the decision. Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny decided to reopen the case, saying new information had come in on Tuesday. Assange has denied the allegations and suggested they are part of a smear campaign by opponents of WikiLeaks.
A brisk walk can prevent cancer
More than 10,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year in Britain if people took more exercise, such as going for brisk walks or performing vigorous household chores, the Daily Telegraph reported. Scientists at the World Cancer Research Fund believe that just 45 minutes of moderate exercise a day could prevent 5,500 cases of breast cancer in Britain annually. Similarly, at least 4,600 cases of bowel cancer could be prevented if people exercised for 30 minutes daily. That would cut down cases of both types of cancer by 12 percent.
Apple's CEO presents new toys
Apple has launched Ping, a new social-networking service designed specifically for music fans, the Daily Telegraph reported. Ping is built in to Apple's iTunes software, a program used for downloading songs. "You can follow your favorite artists and friends and discover what music they like and are downloading," Apple's CEO Steve Jobs said.
Deadly landslide in Yunnan
Xinhua reported that a landslide occurred in a village near Baoshan City, Yunnan Province late on September 1. As of 6 a.m. today, 11 people had been rescued, 3 are confirmed dead and another 57 are missing. The disaster affected 71 people from 20 families.
Gunman shot dead at Discovery HQ
A gunman who took three hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in the US has been shot dead by police and his captives have been set free, the BBC reported. The gunman was James J Lee, the author of a website called savetheplanetprotest.com. Lee had previously been arrested outside Discovery's headquarters in 2008 after protesting that the channel's programming had little to do with saving the planet. On that occasion, he distributed thousands of dollars to passers-by in an attempt to recruit them to his protest.
China to probe BHP's bid for Potash
China may launch an antimonopoly probe into BHP Billiton's US$39 billion bid for Canada's Potash Corp, Reuters reported. China buys around 7 percent of the output of Potash Corp, which controls around one-fifth of world production of the key crop nutrient. Potash demand in China has been growing at around 5-8 percent a year, faster than other fertilizers.
Man survives 39-storey plunge
22-year-old Thomas Magill tried to commit suicide by jumping from the roof of a 39-storey apartment building in West 63rd Street in New York on Tuesday, AP reported. He landed in the back seat of a car after crashing through the windscreen. Magill suffered broken legs and police say he is in a critical condition.