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French far-right patriarch Le Pen leaves hospital

Paris - The elderly founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been discharged from hospital after a short stint for a heart problem, a source close to the former party leader said Sunday.

700 Liberian Ebola workers protest for hazard pay

Monrovia - Seven hundred Liberian Ebola workers took to the streets of the capital Monrovia for a second day on Saturday to demand promised hazard pay.

'Mysterious' disease kills 18 in Nigeria: official

Lagos - A "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the government said Saturday.

French far-right patriarch Le Pen hospitalised

Paris - The elderly founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was hospitalised on Thursday for what he said was a "small heart problem", just days after a bitter spat with his daughter."Everything is fine, I am in my bed.

Ebola virus found in semen six months after recovery: WHO

Ginebra - Traces of Ebola have been found in the semen of a man six months after his recovery, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, urging survivors to practice safe sex "until further notice".

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone goes back to school

Freetown - Sierra Leone's 1.8 million children began the gradual return to school on Tuesday, more than eight months after classes were shut to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

EU moves closer to counting calories in alcoholic drinks

Brussels - Health conscious tipplers may be closer to finding out just how many calories they are imbibing as consumer advocates push for EU nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks in the face of strong industry resistance.

German woman pregnant with quadruplets at 65: Report

Berlin - A 65-year-old Berlin woman who already has 13 children is pregnant again with quadruplets, Germany's RTL broadcaster reported Sunday.

New TB drug offers glimmer of hope in S.Africa

Johanesburg - Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a major health challenge across much of Africa, but a new medicine being pioneered in South Africa could be a breakthrough after decades of frustration.

Women not living as long as before

London - Statistics from the U.K. show a drop in life expectancy for elderly females. This could be connected to cutbacks in care and changes to the lifestyle habits of baby boomers.

Dutch wholesaler jailed for selling horsemeat as beef

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Tuesday jailed wholesaler Willy Selten for two-and-a-half years for selling horsemeat passed off as beef during Europe's massive 2013 meat scandal.

German pilots' doctors urge more tests in light of crash

Berlin - German aviation industry doctors said Tuesday that pilots should undergo more extensive medical checks in the wake of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps that killed 150 people.

German regulator says unaware of co-pilot's depression

Berlin - Germany's aviation regulator said Sunday it had no previous knowledge of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's struggle with severe depression before the disaster in the French Alps.

France's second artificial heart recipient says 'recovered'

Paris - A man who in August became the second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart said in his first interview Sunday he had "recovered", to the point of going on bike rides.

Pizza-loving Pope piles on the pounds

Rome - Pizza-loving Pope Francis has been told to cut down and exercise more, reports said Thursday as the pontiff made the latest in a string of allusions to feeling weary.

Alps crash pilot's hidden illness sparks privacy debate

Berlin - Findings that the co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane hid psychological problems from his employer prompted a charged debate in Germany on Monday on patients' right to privacy.

Suspect package prompts Madrid post office evacuation

Madrid - A package containing "a suspicious white substance" on Saturday prompted the evacuation of a Madrid post office, with 23 people undergoing decontamination as a safety precaution, the emergency services said.

Man who set out to disprove viral-measles link ordered pay up

Berlin-k - A scientist who offered a €100,000 reward to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus must pay up, according to a ruling from a German court. The issue centers on the measles vaccine debate.

Depression, suicide and the workplace — Q&A

Paris - Expert opinions on the potential link between depression and the suspected mass murder-suicide of a Germanwings co-pilot who flew an Airbus into the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board:Q: What is the link between depression and suicide...

Time to control online sales of breastmilk, say experts

London - Health watchdogs should regulate online sales of breast milk, so prone to contamination that babies may be placed at risk, the BMJ medical journal said in an editorial on Wednesday.

Dutch seek five-year jail term for horsemeat scandal trader

Den Bosch - Dutch prosecutors demanded Tuesday a five-year sentence for a local meat wholesaler suspected of being a key player in Europe's massive 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer fears

Washington - Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie announced Tuesday that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed over fears of a hereditary form of cancer, following her double mastectomy two years ago.

MSF and WHO trade blame over slow global Ebola response

Paris - A war of words broke out Monday between aid agency Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization over who was to blame for the slow response to the Ebola epidemic that broke out a year ago.

Australian icebreaker rescues ailing Antarctic base worker

Sydney - A seriously ill worker has been evacuated by helicopter from Australia's Antarctic station to an icebreaker ship in a dramatic round-the-clock rescue.

Singapore's founding leader Lee 'weakens further': govt

Singapore - The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on Sunday as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said.

Sierra Leone orders three-day lockdown against Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma ordered the country's entire population Saturday to stay in their homes for three days in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic.

Ebola-proof Android tablet helps aid workers in West Africa

Google has developed an Ebola-proof tablet for use by health workers in Sierra Leone. It can resist the storms and high humidity of West Africa and can be dipped into antibacterial chlorine after use.

Singapore on edge as Lee Kuan Yew's condition worsens

Singapore - The health of independent Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew has worsened, the government said Saturday as one of the foremost figures of 20th century Asia struggled with severe pneumonia.

Liberia reports first Ebola infection in a month

Monrovia - Liberia has confirmed its first new Ebola case in more than a month in a setback to hopes the country would soon be officially declared free of the deadly disease.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to lock down 2.5 million people

Freetown - Sierra Leone said Thursday it will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic.
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