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US President Barack Obama on Friday rolled out plans to cut inappropriate antibiotic use by half, in an effort to tackle drug resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-resistant bacteria, also known as "superbugs," kill 23,000 people a year in the United States. "Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today," Obama told Internet health portal WebMD. To reduce the toll, the new plan aims to cut inappropriate antibiotic use by 50 percent for outpatients, and 20 percent for inpatients.
Marathon Iran nuclear talks headed Friday towards a critical weekend as Britain said its foreign minister would join his US, Iranian and French counterparts in racing the clock to pin down a deal. They've been difficult since the beginning and they still are," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told AFP on Friday after meeting in Switzerland with top US diplomat John Kerry for about 90 minutes. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made an extraordinary appeal to world leaders on Thursday writing a letter to US President Barack Obama, even though their countries do not have diplomatic ties, and in a blitz phoning his counterparts in Britain, China, France and Russia.