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Syria conflict: Bombs rain down as truce hopes rise Air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria reportedly killed at least 82 people hours after the US and Russia announced plans for a truce. An air strike on a market in Idlib killed at least 37 people while at least 45 died in strikes on Aleppo province, opposition activists say. A 10-day truce is meant to start on Monday, followed by co-ordinated air strikes against jihadist militants. Turkey and the EU welcomed the plan but warned that further action was needed. US election 2016: Presidential campaign alarms Europeans Image copyright AFP Europe has always taken a close interest in US presidential politics. Any reset of the transatlantic relationship matters. But this is a year unlike any other. Europeans have looked on with a mixture of fascination and horror as the election campaign has descended into the gutter. The rise of Donald Trump and his anti-establishment message has obvious parallels in many European countries.
Immunotherapy cancer drug hailed as 'game changer' Image copyright Science Photo Library An immunotherapy drug has been described as a potential "game-changer" in promising results presented at the European Cancer Congress. In a study of head and neck cancer, more patients taking nivolumab survived for longer compared with those who were treated with chemotherapy. In another study, combining nivolumab with another drug shrank tumours in advanced kidney cancer patients. Immunotherapy works by harnessing the immune system to destroy cancer cells.