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12:15, 23 April 2014 Wednesday
Health & Environment

10:01, 22 April 2014 Tuesday
New Zambian law to allow police to prosecute smokers

In 2008, the Zambian government banned smoking in public places, relying on state police to enforce the prohibition.

23:31, 21 April 2014 Monday
S Arabia replaces health minister amid MERS virus fears

Saudi Arabia has reported 244 cases of MERS since the disease was identified in 2012, of which 79 have been fatal.

14:39, 21 April 2014 Monday
China to steer towards green energy

China is aiming to make energy production and consumption more ecological to fight smog, siad the Chinese Premier.

13:37, 20 April 2014 Sunday
S Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS

MERS has no vaccine or anti-viral treatment, but international and Saudi health authorities say the disease, which originated in camels, does not transmit easily between people and may simply die out

13:42, 19 April 2014 Saturday
One fifth of Chinese soil contaminated

Blamed on the uncontrolled and overuse of farm chemicals, the level of contamination has raised a number of health concerns, with certain villages already showing higher rates of cancer than the national average.

11:45, 18 April 2014 Friday
S Sudan confirms possible famine

The deputy minister called on South Sudanese farmers in states that have not been hit by famine to cultivate their farmlands to avoid exacerbating the crisis in the country.

09:30, 18 April 2014 Friday
Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of disease - study

Researchers determined that while the Guinean form of the Ebola virus (EBOV) showed a 97 percent similarity to the Zaire strain, the disease was not introduced from Central Africa.

15:12, 17 April 2014 Thursday
Pakistan's army enlisted in fight against polio

Pakistan's army will join campaign to eradicate polio.

10:38, 17 April 2014 Thursday
New kind of trial aims to speed cancer drug development

Instead of testing one drug at a time, a novel lung cancer study announced will allow British researchers to test up to 14 drugs from AstraZeneca and Pfizer at the same time within one trial

10:05, 17 April 2014 Thursday
Dengue outbreak at Australian detention centre

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's office said that medical officers at the centre had confirmed three cases of the potentially fatal tropical disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes

09:38, 17 April 2014 Thursday
Japan considers curtailing whale hunt further

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) last month ordered a halt to its annual hunts in the Southern Ocean, prompting Japan to cancel its 2014-2015 Antarctic hunt, the programme's mainstay, as it pledged to abide by the ruling

23:34, 16 April 2014 Wednesday
Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up

Researchers said they have identified a protein on the egg cell's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of a sperm cell, allowing the two cells to join

16:46, 16 April 2014 Wednesday
Turkish man dies of deadly CCHF virus in Istanbul

The Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus was found in the person's blood who died on Sunday in Istanbul.

13:05, 16 April 2014 Wednesday
China blames France's Veolia for tap water pollution

Authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said

11:08, 16 April 2014 Wednesday
No Ebola outbreak in Mali claims Minister

Ebola is a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure.

10:45, 16 April 2014 Wednesday
One third of Beijing's pollution comes from outside the city

The central government has identified the heavily industrialised Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin region as one of the main fronts in its war against pollution

14:39, 15 April 2014 Tuesday
Increased CO2 levels make fish unafraid of predators

The findings of the study and the likely changes to the food chain will be of concern to millions in the tropics who depend on coral reefs for food security and livelihoods.

21:39, 14 April 2014 Monday
City growth by almost 2 Manhattans a day said key

More compact city designs that cut commutes, insulation to save energy, better public transport, cycle lanes and pedestrian areas can all cut emissions, mainly from fossil fuels.

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