Mandela 'fine' says ex-wife Winnie

A photo taken on August 25, 2010 and released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation shows former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela
A photo taken on August 25, 2010 and released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation shows former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela
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Ailing global peace icon Nelson Mandela, who is receiving treatment at home after spending nearly three months in hospital, is “fine,” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said on Sunday.

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High pollution levels hit Beijing at Golden Week's close

File photo of Beijing's famous Guotai Chambers in Jingshan Park covered in smog
File photo of Beijing's famous Guotai Chambers in Jingshan Park covered in smog
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A cloud of pollution descended over Beijing at the weekend, shrouding the city and its famous cultural landmarks in a thick haze amid a US warning against physical activity outdoors.

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Argentine president on 1-month rest after head trauma

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner, pictured August 27, has been ordered to rest for a month after doctors found a brain hemorrhage linked to an August incident
Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner, pictured August 27, has been ordered to rest for a month after doctors found a brain hemorrhage linked to an August incident
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Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has been ordered to rest for a month after doctors found a brain hemorrhage linked to an August incident, her spokesman said.

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Wenger warns Wilshere to stop smoking

Arsene Wenger (right) speaks to Jack Wilshere after a Premier League game against Swansea at the Emirates on December 1, 2012
Arsene Wenger (right) speaks to Jack Wilshere after a Premier League game against Swansea at the Emirates on December 1, 2012
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he “completely disagrees” with Jack Wilshere’s smoking and will speak to the England midfielder in a bid to get him to stop.

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Shutdown makes US 'less desirable' for science

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft with solar panels extended September 27, 2013 is checked by technicians in preparation for a November 18 launch to Mars at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft with solar panels extended September 27, 2013 is checked by technicians in preparation for a November 18 launch to Mars at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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The US government shutdown puts international science collaboration in peril and could have far-reaching impacts on innovation and research, a top science group said Wednesday.

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New insect repellent could mean bye-bye to DEET

Mosquitos are seen inside a trap on June 29, 2012 in Pleasant Hill, California
Mosquitos are seen inside a trap on June 29, 2012 in Pleasant Hill, California
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Researchers said Wednesday they had discovered four natural mosquito repellents to succeed DEET, a compound whose origins go back to World War II.

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Delivering the goods: Sweden's midwives stand test of time

Christina Singelman (R) is checked by midwife Sofie Laaftman at the Mama Mia clinic in Stockholm on September 3, 2013
Christina Singelman (R) is checked by midwife Sofie Laaftman at the Mama Mia clinic in Stockholm on September 3, 2013
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Only one ultrasound in nine months and no need to see the doctor or obstetrician: at first glance, Sweden’s pregnancy care appears rather simplistic.

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Regulatory cloud hangs over e-cigarette revolution

A man smokes a cigarette while reading a newspaper outside a tabacco shop in Shanghai on May 31, 2013
A man smokes a cigarette while reading a newspaper outside a tabacco shop in Shanghai on May 31, 2013
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The electronic cigarette is seducing Europe and America, luring millions away from traditional tar-depositing tobacco with a battery-powered alternative that claims to be satisfying and harmless.

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Nearly 9 in 10 kids in China know cigarette logos

The World Health Organization has a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that is signed by 168 countries and calls for limits on advertising and marketing to children
The World Health Organization has a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that is signed by 168 countries and calls for limits on advertising and marketing to children
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Nearly nine in 10 children in China can identify a cigarette logo, according to a US study out Monday that measured tobacco recognition among five- and six-year-olds in various countries.

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Myanmar's 'tallest man' undergoes successful surgery

Win Zaw Oo (C) arrives from Singapore, at Yangon airport on September 26, 2013
Win Zaw Oo (C) arrives from Singapore, at Yangon airport on September 26, 2013
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Myanmar’s tallest man — “Big Zaw” — has returned from Singapore where doctors said he underwent successful brain surgery to remove a tumour responsible for his excessive growth.

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