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S. Korea Passes New Law to Curb MERS Outbreak

South Korea has introduced a new law designed to curb a MERS outbreak, tightening quarantine restrictions and imposing jail sentences on those who defy anti-infection measures in a crisis that has now left 31 dead.

Under the new law, passed in parliament late Thursday, people infected with the virus who lie to state investigators about how they came into contact with the disease will face a fine or a prison sentence. 

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Polish Parliament Passes Law Regulating IVF

Poland's parliament adopted a law Thursday on in vitro fertilisation (IVF), which was previously allowed in the mostly Catholic country but remained unregulated because of opposition from the right and the Church.

Lawmakers voted 261 in favour and 176 against with six abstentions for the law, tabled by the centre-right government of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. 

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Violent Female Deaths 'Epidemic' in Honduras

The number of women killed in violent incidents has surged in Honduras, already the world's deadliest country, and has hit epidemic levels, a rights group said Wednesday.

Incidents of violent female deaths skyrocketed 263 percent between 2005 and 2013 in the South American nation, a study from the Women's Rights Center showed. 

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Google Joins Effort to Boost Genomics Research

Google announced Wednesday it was teaming up with university scientists to use its computing platform to accelerate efforts in genomics research.

The U.S. tech giant said it was joining with the Broad Institute of biomedical and genomic research, a project of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Experts: Five-Year Window for Preventing AIDS Rebound

High rates of HIV infection combined with rapid population growth mean the next half-decade will be critical for rolling back AIDS, specialists warned on Thursday.

"The next five years provide a fragile window of opportunity to fast-track the response and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030," said Michel Sidibe, head of the U.N. agency UNAIDS.

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Medical Marijuana May Help Some Symptoms, but Not All

Medical marijuana shows some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain but there is less evidence of its success in warding off nausea or helping ill patients gain weight, researchers said Tuesday.

The issue of whether or not medical marijuana works remains a matter of debate, even as 23 U.S. states and the U.S. capital, Washington, have laws that allow medical use of cannabis, as do a number of countries around the world.

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Report: Decades-Old Frozen Meat Seized in China Food Scandal

Almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat -- some of it rotting and more than 40 years old -- has been seized in China, reports said Wednesday.

More than 100,000 tonnes of chicken wings, beef and pork worth up to three billion yuan ($483 million) were seized in the nationwide crackdown, the state-run China Daily newspaper said.

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S. Korean Hospitals Suspend Services as MERS Outbreak Spreads

Two major hospitals in South Korea's capital suspended services to patients on Wednesday in a bid to stop the spread of MERS after four new cases of the deadly virus were reported.

The new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome included two who were in the same hospital ward as other patients with the potentially deadly virus, Seoul's health ministry said.

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WHO: More than 3,000 Dengue Cases in Yemen Since March

More than 3,000 dengue cases in Yemen since March: WHOMore than 3,000 dengue cases have been reported in conflict-ravaged Yemen since March, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the actual figure could be far higher.

The Saudi-led air strikes launched in late March have crippled an already weak health infrastructure, and lack of water and sanitation facilities are exacerbating the situation, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters.

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Health Ministry: Cholera Outbreak Kills at Least 18 in South Sudan

At least 18 people have died of cholera in war-torn South Sudan, the health ministry said Tuesday, as it declared an outbreak of the highly contagious infection.

Minister of Health Riek Gai Kok told reporters that 171 cholera cases have been confirmed in the outbreak, which began in crowded United Nations bases in the capital Juba and spread elsewhere in the city.

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