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Study Shows Smoking to Cause up to 40 Million TB Deaths by 2050

Lung damage caused by smoking could cause an additional 18 million cases of tuberculosis and 40 million extra deaths from TB by 2050, according to a study published on Tuesday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The estimates derive from a mathematic model of smoking trends and smoking's impact on TB risk.

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Royal Wedding Dress Delivers Bumper Year for Palace

The dress worn by the former Kate Middleton when she married Prince William fueled a surge in regal tourism with 600,000 flocking to see the gown on display at Buckingham Palace, it emerged Tuesday.

Hordes of enthusiasts queued for hours to see the Alexander McQueen ivory and white satin-gazar dress, designed by Sarah Burton, swelling palace visitor numbers by 50 percent.

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Brazil Approves Obesity Drug Banned in U.S., Europe

Brazil on Tuesday approved the use of an anti-obesity medication, sibutramine, which has been banned in Europe and the United States, officials said.

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) said it would halt sales of weight-loss medications which are based on amphetamines, but allow sibutramine under heightened surveillance.

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Edgy and Sensual at Alexander McQueen

Sumptuous and feminine with intricate lace and pleat work, Alexander McQueen's new look unveiled on Tuesday was also edgy and unsettling, as models stepped out with hoods or masked faces.

Sarah Burton, chosen to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress, was showcasing her third collection since the death of the label's founder.

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Infected Cantaloupes Kill 18 in U.S.

Eighteen people have died and 100 people have fallen ill since late July in the United States from eating cantaloupes infected with listeria, health authorities said Tuesday.

Illnesses have been reported in 20 states due to the cantaloupes which came from the Colorado-based Jensen Farms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its latest update.

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India to Launch $45 Tablet Computer

India is set Wednesday to launch its long-awaited low-cost computer, a $45 tablet device designed to bring the information technology revolution to tens of millions of students.

The touchscreen computer has a seven-inch (18-centimeter) screen, Wi-Fi Internet access, a media player and 180 minutes of battery power, according to official specifications.

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Apple Unveils Updated iPhone, Stock Slips

Apple shares slipped on Wall Street on Tuesday as the California gadget-maker unveiled an updated version of the iPhone but not a transformative new model many had been expecting.

Apple's new chief executive Tim Cook, who replaced ailing founder Steve Jobs in August, presided over the launch of the iPhone 4S at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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U.S. Singer Apologizes for Obama-Hitler Analogy

Hank Williams Jnr, whose song was pulled as the opening of ESPN's U.S. Monday Night Football telecast, apologized on Tuesday for an analogy about Adolf Hitler in talking about U.S. President Barack Obama.

Williams, the son of a 1940s and 1950s U.S. country music legend, spoke Monday on the Fox News show "Fox & Friends" about Obama's recent golf outing with a political rival, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

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FA Chairman: Capello Won't Stay on after Euros

Fabio Capello is certain to leave his role as England coach after Euro 2012, Football Association chairman David Bernstein confirmed on Wednesday.

Capello has revealed his intention to step down following the conclusion of England's Euro 2012 campaign, but recent reports suggested some key figures in the FA are keen for him to remain in charge.

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UNESCO Executive Committee Backs Palestinian Bid

The executive committee of the United Nations cultural organization UNESCO on Wednesday recommended that the world body accept Palestine as a full member with the rights of a state.

The committee's member states voted by 40 votes in favor to four against -- with 14 abstentions -- to approve the Palestinian bid, which will now be submitted to the UNESCO general assembly at the end of the month for approval.

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