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Haiti Launches New AIDS Testing, Information Campaign

Haiti's Ministry of Health and the United Nations launched a new anti-HIV/AIDS campaign Friday, providing information and rapid testing to help thwart the spread of the epidemic.

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Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone Gets Mecca All Clear

Saudi Arabia's government has allocated 800 places to Sierra Leone for hajj pilgrims, lifting a two-year ban imposed due to the Ebola crisis, officials said Friday.

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Ethiopia to Throw Away 69 Million 'Poor Quality' Condoms

Ethiopia needs to toss out 69 million condoms that were paid for by international donors to fight the spread of AIDS because of their poor quality, local media reported Thursday.

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Dutch Activists Seek to Stub Out Smokers' Corner in Cafes

Dutch anti-cigarette campaigners Thursday launched a lawsuit against the government calling for an end to spaces reserved for smokers in cafes and bars.

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Huge Opium Production Fall Won't Stop Heroin Glut

Global opium production plunged almost 40 percent last year but the world remains awash with heroin, the narcotic that still kills the most people worldwide, the United Nations said Thursday.

"Heroin continues to be the drug that kills the most people and this resurgence must be addressed urgently," said Yury Fedotov, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in a new report.

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Can Google Glass Help Autistic Children Read Faces?

Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder.

Now the 10-year-old San Jose boy is getting help from "autism glass" — an experimental device that records and analyzes faces in real time and alerts him to the emotions they're expressing.

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Millions Stretch and Bend for International Yoga Day

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called yoga a "people's mass movement" as he took to the mat Tuesday along with millions of others worldwide to celebrate the ancient practice.

Across India, sailors, soldiers, school children and bureaucrats bent and twisted their bodies from early morning at mass outdoor sessions to mark the second International Yoga Day.

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DR Congo Declares Yellow Fever Epidemic

DR Congo on Monday declared a yellow fever outbreak in the capital Kinshasa, home to more than ten million people, and in two other western provinces.

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U.N. Fears Polio Surge in Children from Iraq's Fallujah

The U.N. on Friday said it fears a surge in polio cases among children who have escaped from the jihadist bastion of Fallujah, and has launched a "massive" vaccination campaign.

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Zika Linked to Birth Defects in Six U.S. Cases

The Zika virus has been linked to birth defects in the fetuses and babies of six women in the United States who were infected while pregnant, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Three of the women gave birth to infants with congenital defects such as microcephaly -- an abnormally small head -- and brain damage that are linked to Zika, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, citing figures as of June 9.

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