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Turkey Death Toll from Bootleg Booze Hits 23

The death toll in Turkey from drinking bootleg liquor has risen to 23 after 11 more people died in hospital over the past two days, local media said Sunday.

The victims had all consumed raki, a strong aniseed-flavored liquor which is Turkey's national drink, which health authorities believe had been infused with lethal quantities of methyl alcohol.

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Nestle Restarts Maggi Noodle Production in India

Nestle said Tuesday it had restarted production of Maggi noodles in India after a government ban was overturned, in a major step towards getting the hugely popular brand back on shelves.

"We have resumed manufacturing of Maggi Noodles at three of our plants, at Nanjangud (Karnataka), Moga (Punjab) and Bicholim (Goa)," the Swiss food giant said in a statement.

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Australia Says Linking Sausages to Tobacco Risk 'a Farce'

One of the world's top meat exporters Australia Tuesday ridiculed a landmark UN report linking sausages and ham to cancer, saying it was "a farce" to suggest they could be as lethal as cigarettes.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) analyzed 800 studies from around the world and found that processed meats such as sausages, ham, and hot dogs cause bowel cancer, and red meat "probably" does too.

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Brazilians Have a Beef with U.N. Meat Warning

At Rio de Janeiro's famed Churrascaria Palace restaurant, the sizzling of steaks, the swish of carving knives and sighs of satisfied diners drowned out a U.N. warning Monday that meat can cause cancer.

Finishing an all-you-can-eat lunch, Gilson Gregoris, 59, said not even the United Nations could change his favorite menu.

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Britain to Lobby EU to End 'Vagina Added Tax'

Britain will lobby the European Union and its member states to stop taxing tampons and women's sanitary products as luxury items, rather than necessities, a junior finance minister promised on Monday.

The vow came after a petition called "Stop taxing periods. Period." reached 252,000 signatures and a parliamentary debate revealed wide political support for making sanitary products exempt from value added tax (VAT), called a sales tax in some countries.

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U.N. Agency: Sausages, Ham are Cancer-Causing, Red Meat 'Probably' too

Eating sausages, ham and other processed meats causes colon cancer, and red meat "probably" does too, an arm of the World Health Organization said Monday.

The findings support "recommendations to limit intake of meat," said the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which compiled a review of more than 800 studies on the link between a meat diet and cancer.

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Clinic Offers Rare Hope for Sudan Breast Cancer Patients

Local doctors told Aida Abdulla her chest pain was an infection, arthritis or muscle strain. But when she travelled to a hospital in Khartoum months later she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

It had also spread to her liver.

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Struggling at Maths, Spanish Schools Turn to Chess

Eleven-year-old Alvaro Pineda has played chess at home since he was five. Now he plays it in the classroom too.

In an effort to boost their pupils' low maths and reading marks, more and more Spanish schools are holding chess clubs -- and some could even make it a compulsory class.

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Malawi Receives $300 Million Grant to Fight AIDS

Malawi President Peter Mutharika said Thursday the country had received a grant of $332 million (292 million euros) to fight AIDS and other diseases, bringing much-needed support to a nation wrestling with public health problems.

Malawi has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, straining the impoverished country's healthcare system and economy.

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Saudi Minister Says Obesity, Diabetes Threaten Economic Health

Obesity and diabetes threaten Gulf states' economic health as well as human wellbeing, Saudi Arabia's health minister has said, as the region struggles with the growing cost of the conditions.

The Gulf has a mounting problem with obesity, which is associated with diabetes.

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