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(MENAFN - AFP) A major conference in Moscow aimed at cutting global smoking rates this week found itself grappling with another issue: how to stop the powerful tobacco lobby from butting in on the debate.

While delegates at the World Health Organization gathering were discussing ways to stop people lighting up, those representing the interests of the tobacco industry were ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Tanzania on Saturday launched its biggest ever campaign against measles and rubella aimed at protecting 21 million children from the potentially fatal diseases.

The public health drive is being backed by the World Health Organization, the UN children's agency UNICEF and the Geneva-based private-public vaccine alliance GAVI.

Children aged between nine ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", the aid agency Oxfam warned on Saturday, as it issued a call for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to west Africa.

The appeal was targeted at EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, and came as British Prime Minister David Cameron urged fellow European ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A soldier with a fever and a bad cough walked into a Canadian hospital and was swiftly quarantined, while his blood was tested for Ebola at one of the world's few "level four" labs.

Days earlier, he had travelled to Sierra Leone as a member of an aircrew that delivered 128,000 face shields to doctors and nurses fighting an outbreak that has claimed more than ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US President Barack Obama urged against "hysteria or fear" Saturday in the face of a growing Ebola crisis, as the United Nations spoke of an "encouraging" response to its funding appeal.

The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has so far killed more than 4,500 people, mainly in three West African nations at the epicenter of the outbreak: Guinea, Liberia ...

(MENAFN - AFP) An Ebola vaccine by British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016 and should therefore not be seen as the "primary answer" to the current outbreak, a company researcher said.

"We have to be able to manufacture the vaccine at doses that would be consistent with general use and that's going to take well into ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Tens of thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday to protest against falling real wages and public spending cuts introduced to tame Britain's deficit.

Organisers the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a federation of the country's main trade unions, estimated that around 80,000 supporters had gathered on the banks of the River Thames.

Led ...

(MENAFN - AFP) India's biggest property developer DLF, barred for three years from raising money on financial markets over allegations it sought to defraud investors, said on Saturday it was appealing the ruling.

DLF said it had filed an appeal challenging the order by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), one of the toughest ever handed down by Indian regulators.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Medical charity Medecins sans frontiers on Saturday accused the United States of ratcheting up pressure on India's new government to water down strict patent rules that have turned the country into the "world's pharmacy".

India's vast generics drug industry is a major supplier of cheap copycat, lifesaving medicines to treat diabetes, cancer and other diseases ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Tens of thousands of people were set to descend on London on Saturday to march against falling real wages, which organisers claim have slumped by £50 a week since 2008.

Metropolitan Police are expecting protesters from across Britain to congregate at Victoria Embankment at 11:00 am local time before marching through central London to Hyde Park.

The event ...

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