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Nigeria braces as coronavirus arrives in megacity Lagos

Lagos - Residents of Nigeria's economic hub Lagos scrambled for hygiene products Friday, after the chaotic megacity of 20 million announced the first confirmed case of new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

'Emotional epidemic': Coronavirus fear takes mental toll in Italy

Milan - The sweeping measures taken in northern Italy to try to contain Europe's worst outbreak of the novel coronavirus are starting to take more than just a physical toll, with mental health professionals reporting some residents falling victim to anxiety.

Macabre Venice parade marks plague in coronavirus shadow

Venice - Cloaked in black with their faces hidden by bone-white masks of plague doctors or the dead, Venetians marked a historical scourge in an annual procession held under the shadow of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Cancer drug shortages leave Mexican kids fighting for life

Mexico - Five-year-old Dhana Rivas is fighting for her life on two fronts, fending off the acute lymphoblastic leukemia eating away at her frail body while her family simultaneously battles the shortage of cancer drugs plaguing Mexico.

Wuhan evacuees seek semblance of normality in French quarantine

Carry-le-rouet - A barber offers expert haircuts, a teacher gives lessons in French as a foreign language and participants practise the Chinese art of Tai chi.

How to survive coronavirus quarantine, French style

Carry-le-rouet - Twice a day they will have their temperature taken and nurses will check them for coronavirus symptoms: other than that, their main concern will be how to keep their phone charged and get their laundry done.

Experts say China virus outbreak will last months at least

Washington - The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people and will last at least several months, researchers estimate based on the first available data.

French carmaker to evacuate expats from virus-hit Chinese city

Paris - French carmaker PSA on Saturday said it would repatriate expat staff from Wuhan as fears grew that more cases of coronavirus would be found in France.

The Red Cross is teaching Fortnite players to save, not take, lives

New York - Teaching online video game players to save lives, not take them -- that is the aim of a new product developed in an unusual collaboration between the creators of the wildly popular Fortnite games and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

'Help! What is this?' Net users take to Reddit for STD diagnosis

Washington - "How did I get chlamydia?" "Is this herpes? People are increasingly turning to strangers on social network Reddit to diagnose their sexually transmitted diseases.

At Paris' Orly airport, a daily duel between customs and Guiana drug mules

Orly - Every day they come. Drug mules from French Guiana in South America, carrying cocaine in their luggage or their stomachs, playing a cat-and-mouse game with customs officials at Paris' Orly airport.Some get caught. Some do not.

US court blocks strict Georgia abortion law

Washington - A US federal court on Tuesday blocked the state of Georgia from implementing a restrictive abortion law whose passage earlier this year sparked an outcry, particularly from Hollywood.

French minister blasts unauthorised neurological tests as 'scandal'

Paris - Unauthorised trials, partly conducted in a French abbey, of hormone-steeped skin patches on hundreds of sufferers of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases, were on Friday condemned as "a scandal" by the country's health minister who ...

Pope decries euthanasia as Italy court considers assisted suicide

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday again spoke out against assisted suicide and euthanasia, days before a top Italian court is to examine the thorny question in the largely Roman Catholic country.

French boy, 10, dies 8 years after supermarket burger poisoning

Lille - A French boy aged 10, who fell gravely ill in 2011 after consuming a beef burger from supermarket discounter Lidl that was infected with E.coli bacteria, has died of complications stemming from his poisoning, the family's lawyer said.

Most kidneys discarded by US would be used in France: analysis

Washington - Every year, the US rejects thousands of kidneys from deceased older donors, the majority of which would have been used in France, according to a study published Monday that described the organs as a wasted resource that could save lives.

Gabon's Bongo attends independence parade in rare public appearance

Libreville - Gabon's President Ali Bongo on Saturday made a rare public appearance to attend the country's independence day celebrations, nearly 10 months after suffering a stroke that fuelled speculation about his ability to rule.

Searing heat across Europe sparks scramble for shade

Paris - Fans flew off store shelves and water fountains offered relief from the heat as temperatures soared in Europe on Monday, with officials urging vigilance ahead of even hotter conditions forecast later in the week.

French economists make case for legal marijuana

Paris - A group of French economists on Thursday recommended legalising marijuana, arguing it would add billions to state coffers, but President Emmanuel Macron's government again ruled out letting recreational users get legally high.

For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope

Dijon - "Classic chemotherapywas awful... but with this treatment, I feel hope," says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

In Niger, mass distribution of antibiotics proves effective: study

Washington - The mass administration of antibiotics to villages in Niger led to a reduction of a childhood mortality, without apparently creating resistance to antibiotics so feared by public health experts, according to a study published Wednesday.

Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo

Apo - Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment centre, according to an official report seen Monday by AFP.

UN committee weighs in on French right-to-die case

Lille - A UN committee has asked France to suspend any decision to withdraw life support for a man kept alive in a vegetative state for a decade, weighing in on a bitterly-disputed legal case which has torn his family apart.

UN committee weighs in on French right-to-die case

Lille - A UN committee has asked France to suspend any decision to withdraw life support for a man kept alive in a vegetative state for a decade, weighing in on a bitterly-disputed legal case which has torn his family apart.

Measles-plagued Scientology ship leaves St Lucia

Castries - A cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology that was quarantined in St Lucia for two days because of a measles case has left the Caribbean island and was headed toward Curacao on Friday, maritime tracking services said.

War of words over May Day break-in at Paris hospital

Paris - The French government on Thursday accused radicals of storming a famed Paris hospital during a violent May Day showdown, while protesters insisted they were only seeking refuge from a police crackdown.

Spike in US teen suicides after Netflix '13 Reasons Why' release: study

Los Angeles - The suicide rate among US teenagers spiked in the months after the release of the controversial Netflix drama "13 Reasons Why", which follows the story of a high school girl who kills herself, a new study has found.

Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water

Geneina - "I've already earmarked a customer for this drum -- I need to get a move on!"Ali Ahmat,12, flicks his whip to persuade a hard-driven horse to press on with his cart, laden with 200 litres (44 imperial gallons) of freshly-fetched water.

Five dead after suspected food poisoning at French retirement home

Toulouse - Five residents at a retirement home in southern France have died and around a dozen others are in a serious condition after a suspected case of mass food poisoning, officials said Monday.

Four dead after suspected food poisoning at French retirement home

Toulouse - Four residents at a retirement home in southern France have died and over a dozen others were sickened in a suspected case of food poisoning, officials said Monday.
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