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Global eradication of polio ‘tantalisingly close’ with UK urged to keep up funding

After no reported cases of wild polio for 19 weeks, vaccination efforts boosted at last endemic spots in Pakistan and AfghanistanThe world is “tantalisingly close” to eradicating polio – with no confirmed cases of wild polio anywhere so far this year. …

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China fuels global surge in mpox cases as LGBTQ+ stigma hampers response

WHO says China facing ‘sustained community transmission’ of virus first detected as imported case last yearChina is fuelling a global surge in mpox cases, accounting for the majority of new cases reported in September, according to the World Health Or…

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‘We lay like corpses. Then the raping began’: 52 years on, Bangladesh’s rape camp survivors speak out

In 1971, the Pakistan army began a brutal crackdown against Bengalis in which hundreds of thousands of women were detained and repeatedly brutalised. Only now are their stories beginning to be told• Warning: graphic information in this report may upse…

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WHO says avian flu cases in humans ‘worrying’ after girl’s death in Cambodia

Child died and father tested positive for H5N1, prompting fears of possible person-to-person transmissionThe discovery of two cases of bird flu within the same family in Cambodia has highlighted the concern over potential human-to-human spread of the v…

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US to require arrivals from China to provide negative Covid test

Other countries including Italy have taken similar steps after Beijing’s rollback of ‘zero-Covid’ policies led to surge in casesThe US has announced all travellers from China must provide a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country, joining other nat…

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