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Bird flu infects 23 more in China, says World Health Organisation

Kate Kelland Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, adding to at least 24 new cases last week and...

Lethal bacteria is new strain, says World Health Organisation

Spanish cucumbers have been excluded as the cause.

LONDON: The World Health Organisation has said that the E. coli bacteria responsible for an outbreak that has left 17 dead and sickened hundreds across Europe is a new strain.

Vietnam measles outbreak kills more than 100 people, mostly children

Boy suffering from measles being held by his grandmother at a state-run hospital in Hanoi.

Vietnam is scrambling to contain a deadly outbreak of measles that has killed more than 100 people, mostly young children, and infected thousands more this year, the government says.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

President Yahya Jammeh has ordered the cancellation of all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials say.

WHO moves to control Ebola virus in Guinea

The World Health Organisation has launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital, Conakry, to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people...

Ebola outbreak triggers emergency measures

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a centre for victims of the Ebola virus in Guinea.

Emergency measures across west Africa are underway in a bid to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Ebola death toll in Guinea rises to 70 as Senegal closes border

The Donka hospital in Conakry, Guinea which is battling to contain an Ebola epidemic.

Ougna Camara and Sadibou Marone The deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus in seven years in Guinea has caused neighbouring Senegal to close its border.

Liberia confirms Ebola cases as deadly virus spreads

Alphonso Toweh The west African country has verified two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 70 people in Guinea.

Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster zone

Mari Saito For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 kilometres from the wrecked plant will be allowed to return home.

First ladies Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan to meet as the world watches

Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, shows U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

Krissah Thompson In China this week, Michelle Obama may finally meet her match.

What kills more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries?

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012, more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries combined.

Paris makes public transport free to cut pollution

A demonstration against pollution in front of the city hall building in Paris.

Henry Samuel All public transport in Paris and several other French cities will be free this weekend in an attempt to reduce the number of cars on the road and improve what has been described as "dangerously"...

Ebola the source of Guinea epidemic

File of health workers during 2005 Ebola outbreak in Angola

Guinea has identified the Ebola virus as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests, as the death toll rose to 34.


Public concern forces Beijing to act on environment

Big issue: A man exercises in the morning as he faces chimneys emitting smoke across the Songhua river in Jilin, northern China.

Philip Wen Beijing: Li Keqiang's declaration of war against pollution underlines the urgent political dimension China’s environmental problems have taken on due to rising public concern.

Chinese officials reportedly shut some businesses as pollution soars

Four days of heavy smog:  Chinese authorities raised the air pollution alert system to

China's capital region remained swathed Monday in a cloud of choking smog, prompting a rise in hospital visits and sales of indoor air purifiers and reports of rare industry shutdowns.

China's leaders hope to create a new atmosphere

Philip Wen Beijing is an exercise in control in early March each year. Tiananmen Square is closed to the public, security in the city centre is tightened, vagrants and illegal street vendors are cleared from...

Living under a cloud in Beijing

Cars travel on an overpass amid thick haze

Philip Wen Taxi drivers in Beijing are generally of the irritable, on-edge variety, borne from hours upon hours of passive-aggressive weaving and dodging on the city's congested roads. 

Gunmen kidnap medical team in north-west Pakistan

An Afghan resident carries a child to be vaccinated against polio in Kabul.

Masked gunmen have kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team - a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and three guards - in north-west Pakistan, an official said.

Shanghai doctor dies of bird flu

The H7N9 virus.

Shanghai health officials say that a doctor has died of H7N9 bird flu, adding to concerns about a recent upturn in the disease's spread in China.

Fukushima wash-up to hit US coast this year

Specimens at the Marine Ecology Research Institute's central laboratory in Onjuku, Chiba Prefecture, Japan in 2013.

Jacob Adelman Seaborne radiation from Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant will wash up on the west coast of the US this year.