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S. Korea Expands Cull to Contain Bird Flu

South Korea on Tuesday said it was expanding a cull of chickens and ducks to try to contain a damaging bird flu outbreak.

The H5N6 virus was first confirmed on November 18 at a farm in central South Korea and has since spread to farms around the country, with the total number of cases now standing at 28.

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Dutch Alcoholic Chose Euthanasia to End 'Unbearable' Life

A Dutch long-term alcoholic chose to end his life this year by lethal injection saying he could no longer go on, his brother has revealed in a moving tribute.

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Japan Culling 230,000 more Birds over Avian Flu

Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.

The highly virulent H5 strain was found in chickens at a farm in Joetsu city in Niigata prefecture, the local government said in a statement late Wednesday.

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S. Africa Launches Major New Trial of AIDS Vaccine

South Africa on Wednesday launched a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the "final nail in the coffin" for the disease.

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Pope Urges 'Responsible Behaviour' to Stop AIDS Spread

Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a call for "responsible behavior" to prevent the spread of AIDS without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

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One in Seven with HIV in Europe Unaware of Infection

One in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organization reported Tuesday as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region.

"HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious problem in Europe... The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's (ECDC) estimate that one in seven people living with HIV are unaware of their status is particularly worrying," EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in the report released ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday.

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Kids' Hospital Fulfills Mandela Dream 3 Years after Death

Brightly-painted wards and colorful furnishings are matched by state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering operating theaters at a new children's hospital in Johannesburg honoring Nelson Mandela.

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Death Toll Rises in Australia 'Thunderstorm Asthma'

The death toll from Australia's "thunderstorm asthma" episode has risen to six and three others are in critical condition, authorities said Sunday, as they assessed the fallout from the unprecedented event.

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China to Control Public Smoking Nationwide by Year-End

China, the world’s biggest cigarette producer and consumer, aims to impose national smoking-control regulations by the end of this year, authorities said Tuesday.

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HIV Treatment Soars, but Young African Women Suffer

The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the U.N. said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women.

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