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LONDON (AP) — The most advanced vaccine for dengue only offers modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as "breakbone fever," according to a large trial.
British construction output fell in May as new work on private-sector housing dried up, suggesting the sector as a whole has lost momentum in the second quarter of the year. The figures add to tentative evidence that Britain's rapid economic growth over the past year - which was initially driven by housing and consumer-facing sectors - may be losing some pace. Construction output dropped by 1.1 percent in May after rising by 1.2 percent in April, causing the annual rate of growth to slow to a six-month low of 3.5 percent, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday. On a three-monthly basis - which smooths out volatility in the data - construction output showed its biggest fall since the three months to October 2012, dropping by 0.8 percent.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians before dawn on Friday, raising the death toll from the four day offensive to at least 85, while a Palestinian rocket hit a fuel tanker at an Israeli petrol station causing a huge blaze. Israeli leaders, determined to end Palestinian rocket attacks deep into the Jewish state, have hinted that they could order the first ground invasion of the coastal strip in five years. The Israeli military said it launched fresh naval and air strikes early on Friday, giving no further details. An air strike on a house in Gaza City killed a man described by Palestinian officials as a doctor and pharmacist.