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First confirmed Ebola cases in DR Congo's South Kivu province

Bukavu - The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu has recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality, the provincial government said Friday.

UN appoints new HIV/AIDS chief after controversy

New York - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new HIV/AIDS chief on Wednesday after the previous incumbent left accused of serious mismanagement.

Israeli dies after contracting measles on flight from New York

Jerusalem - An Israeli flight attendant has died months after contracting measles on a flight from New York to Tel Aviv, Israel's health ministry and local media said Wednesday.

Notre-Dame cathedral 'still at risk of collapse' after fire

Paris - Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is still at risk of collapse after being gutted by a fire in April, with more stonework falling during the recent heatwave in the French capital, the government said on Wednesday.

'Toxic' Italian steel plant clean-up is a towering task

Taranto - Rock climbers scale a giant canopy in Taranto to build the world's biggest iron-ore park cover as steel giant ArcelorMittal strives to clean up and turn around Italy's most polluting plant.

Separated Bangladeshi twins stable: doctors

Dhaka - Conjoined Bangladeshi twins who were separated last week are in a stable condition, the team of Hungarian and Bangladeshi doctors who carried out the marathon operation said Saturday.

Restart of Notre-Dame restoration pushed back to August 19

Paris - Renovation work at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris could resume on August 19, a government official said Friday, after the clean-up was halted last month over fears that workers could be exposed to lead poisoning.

'It's humanitarian': the medics helping Hong Kong's protesters

Fpo - In the early days of Hong Kong's protests, Jonathan put out a call on a messaging app seeking fellow medics to aid demonstrators -- within a day, 4,000 people had volunteered.

Philippines rejects dengue vaccine as outbreak leaves hundreds dead

Manila - The Philippines stood firm Tuesday on its ban on the world's first dengue vaccine while declaring a nationwide epidemic from the mosquito-borne disease that it said has killed hundreds this year.

1,800 dead as malaria 'epidemic' rages in Burundi: UN

Nairobi - Malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year, the UN's humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Uganda begins trial of Ebola vaccine: health officials

Kanpala - Uganda said Monday it had started a trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine that may be used in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people.

Hungarian doctors separate Bangladeshi twins joined at head

Dhaka - Bangladeshi twins who were joined at the head were recovering Friday after Hungarian surgeons performed a marathon 30-hour operation to separate their skulls and brains.

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

Goma - An Ebola epidemic in eastern DR Congo sharply widened Wednesday, the eve of the first anniversary of the outbreak, with one death and another diagnosis reported and the quarantining of 15 people in a previously unaffected province.

Humans are resilient, but how much heat can the body stand?

A research paper on the potential for a catastrophic cyclone-heatwave combo in the global south has prompted a discussion by various media outlets over the unfolding heatwaves in Europe and North America and climate change.

French NGO files suit over Notre-Dame lead risks

Paris - Pressure rose on French authorities Monday after an environmental group said it had filed a lawsuit accusing officials of failing to quickly contain the risks of lead poisoning after the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris last April.

French NGO files lawsuit over lead risks from Notre-Dame blaze

Paris - A French environmental group said Monday that it had filed a lawsuit accusing officials of failing to move quickly to contain the risks of lead contamination after the fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris last April.

Notre-Dame cathedral site, schools shut over lead fears

Paris - Work to shore up the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris was halted Thursday to stop workers being exposed to hazardous levels of lead hours after two nearby schools were also closed because of contamination fears.

Paris closes two schools over Notre-Dame lead fears

Paris - Paris authorities closed two schools Thursday amid fears over high levels of lead detected after the devastating fire that ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in April.

Scans on US diplomats in Cuba show 'something happened to the brains'

Washington - Brain scans of about 40 US diplomats injured in mysterious circumstances in Cuba reveal visible differences compared to those in a control group, researchers who analyzed them said Tuesday.

Smoking giant China planning e-cigarette regulation

Bejing - China is planning to regulate e-cigarettes in an attempt to stave off a new gateway addiction in what is already the world's largest smoking population.

As AIDS conference opens in Mexico, migrants are a focus

Mexico - The spread of HIV as a serious aspect of Latin America's migration crisis -- whether through Venezuelans forced to emigrate to obtain medicine or Central American migrants unaware they carry the virus -- will be a focus of the world AIDS conference ope...

Costa Rica on alert after 19 die from tainted alcohol

San Jos - Alcohol tainted with potentially toxic levels of methanol has killed 19 people in Costa Rica, where authorities issued an alert against drinking some half-dozen brands.

EPA refuses to ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage

The Environmental Protection Agency, citing a lack of scientific evidence, has decided against a ban of the widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos, which critics say is associated with neurological problems in children.

In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction

Butembo - The UN is about to pound the drum for millions of dollars to stiffen the fight against Ebola in DR Congo, but at the heart of the epidemic, a money influx may worsen grassroots problems.

'No risk' of lead poisoning from Notre-Dame, assures Paris

Paris - Local authorities in Paris stressed Thursday that lead contamination from the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral posed no danger to the public after claims in a media report that pollution in local schools had been covered up.

Russia raids rehab centre where addicts 'handcuffed to beds'

Moscow - Russian investigators on Thursday opened a criminal probe into a rehabilitation centre in Siberia where alcoholics and drug addicts were handcuffed to beds, charging the facility's management with unlawful imprisonment.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern: WHO

Apo - The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'health emergency' of international concern: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

Louvre museum removes Sackler name amid opioid controversy

Paris - The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from one of its wings, amid a controversy that has seen the billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

San Francisco - Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.
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