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GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

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LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa.

U.N. rights body criticizes Ireland on abortion, church homes

DUBLIN - A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and that allegations of abuse of women and children at Catholic-run homes must be better investigated.

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Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates

NAIROBI - Nigeria could cut the number of polio cases to zero next year and be declared free of the disease in 2018 even though a national eradication campaign has had to contend with an insurgency in the north, Bill Gates told Reuters.

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EU finds 'morning after pills' work, regardless of a woman's weight

LONDON - Emergency contraceptives, known as the "morning after pill", remain suitable for all women who need them, regardless of a woman’s weight, European regulators said on Thursday.

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Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis

INN DIN Myanmar - Visitors to the medical facility in one of Myanmar's poorest and most remote regions are greeted by a padlocked gate and a sign reading: "Clinic closed until further notice."

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Liberian man in Nigeria's Lagos being tested for Ebola

LAGOS - A Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

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South Africa plans plain cigarette packaging by 2015: minister

CAPE TOWN - South Africa aims to force cigarette companies to sell products in plain packets by next year, despite an ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) investigation into Australia's ban on tobacco branding, the health minister said on Thursday.

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Lithuania to slaughter 20,000 pigs as swine fever spreads

VILNIUS - Lithuanian authorities on Thursday ordered the slaughter of 19,400 pigs at one of the country's largest farms as an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the region spread.

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U.S. paves way for Novartis to copy Amgen biotech drug

- U.S. regulators have accepted an application by Sandoz - the generics arm of Novartis - seeking approval for a copycat version of Amgen's drug Neupogen, or filgrastim, for patients with low white blood cell counts.

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U.S. health insurers to pay $330 million in premium rebates

- U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s pursuit of cricketing excellence

It's too early to say that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has turned the corner, but it's fascinating to watch the honest effort and commitment he has brought into his game. It's an elusive state of being -- being a complete athlete -- and yet every professional athlete seeks it in his own sport. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's quest is infectious.

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