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Slovakia - in sixth vote - backs abortion rights

LONDON, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Slovakia narrowly defeated a bill on Thursday that would have forced women seeking an abortion to see images of their unborn child - and hear its heartbeat - in the country's sixth vote on reproductive rights this year.

12:13am IST

UPDATE 1-U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 48, cases of illness to 2,291

Dec 5 U.S. health officials on Thursday reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping over a two-week period, taking the total death toll to 48.

12:01am IST

Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman to step down after 5 years

Dec 5 The multi-billion dollar philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Thursday that its chief executive officer, Sue Desmond-Hellman, is to step down after more than five years, to be replaced by Mark Suzman.

12:00am IST

U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 48, cases of illness to 2,291

Dec 5 U.S. health officials on Thursday reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 48.

05 Dec 2019

WHO decries "collective failure" as measles kills 140,000

* Children make up most deaths from the highly contagious disease

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RBI pauses with dramatic effect, markets wobble

MUMBAI The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept its key lending rate on hold in a shock decision that spooked markets on Thursday, even as it slashed its growth forecast for the economy to its lowest level in over a decade.