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Our coverage of key stories over the last fortnight, including Bezos’ plans for space rides, Trump/Pfizer and Russia doping…

Jul 20, 2018

Jeff Bezos plans to charge at least $200,000 for space rides Reuters was first with the news that Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin planned to charge $200,000-$300,000 for its first trips into space next year. Potential customers and the aerospace industry have been eager to learn the cost of a ticket on Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle, to find out if it is affordable and whether the company can generate enough demand to make a profit on space tourism.

Trump told Pfizer CEO price hikes hurt his drug plan

Reuters was first to report that U.S. President Donald Trump told Pfizer CEO Ian Read that the company’s July 1 price hikes complicated the administration’s plans to rein in drug prices, prompting the drugmaker to delay its planned increases. Pfizer said it would defer price increases that went into effect on July 1 until the end of the year or until the president’s drug pricing blueprint goes into effect – whichever is sooner – giving Trump, who made lowering prescription drug prices a top 2016 presidential campaign issue, a short-term victory he can point to in the run-up to the midterm elections.

Russia tells its officials: don’t tip off athletes about dope tests

Reuters exclusively revealed that Russia’s sports ministry has sent an internal memo instructing staff of national training centers not to tip off athletes about doping tests, a rare Russian acknowledgement of methods used in the past to hide drug-taking. A commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found in 2015 that athletes were given advance notice of out-of-competition testing, which helped drug cheats evade detection. Russia dismissed the WADA report as baseless, and it still rejects allegations it has covered up its athletes’ positive tests, though it has acknowledged shortcomings in its anti-doping set-up.

One day at a time: Brexit the Theresa May way

To detractors, she is a “sphinx without a riddle.” To supporters, she is resilient and determined. One thing is uncontested: as top ministers resign from her government and Brexit looms closer, Theresa May has one of the hardest jobs in Europe. In a Special Report, Reuters reveals how her calm reserve helps her keep going.

Torn apart by violence, Rohingya families connect through letters

Scraps of paper carried between prisons in Myanmar and Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh by the International Committee of the Red Cross are a rare source of hope for families torn apart by the largest and fastest refugee influx in the region in the past twenty years, Reuters reported exclusively. With entire villages razed and thousands believed dead in Rohingya-majority areas in Myanmar, Red Cross workers say many of those stuck in prisons in the country have been desperate to know if their families made it to the safety of refugee camps in Bangladesh. More than 1,600 notes have been gathered from the Bangladeshi camps since August, the Red Cross says. About 160 have been delivered to jails in Rakhine and the replies sent back to Bangladesh.