China has banned imports of pork products from Mexico and several US states as part of attempts to prevent a deadly flu virus entering the country.Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia announced plans to screen travellers for symptoms of swine flu. Asian governments are on high alert after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a possible pandemic. Asia has battled hard to st Read More »
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Adding bleach to the bath may be an effective treatment for chronic eczema, US researchers say.In a study of 31 children, there was significant improvement in eczema in those who had diluted bleach baths compared with normal baths. The Pediatrics study also showed improvements were only on parts of the body submerged in the bath. UK experts stressed the treatment could be extremely dangerous and Read More »
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The world is better prepared than ever for a possible flu pandemic, health chiefs say. Are you concerned? Read More »
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The UK's cities have changed dramatically in recent decades.Every year, billions of pounds are spent on urban improvements including eye-catching new buildings, cultural centres, roads and other infrastructure. But what is the lasting impact on our cityscapes Each day this week, BBC News is looking at five different cities and seeing how a project in each is playing its part in the transformation Read More »
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Plans to track all e-mails sent, all phone calls made and all internet pages visited in the UK are to be unveiled by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.Ministers say the move is needed so police and the security services can investigate crime and terrorism. The Interception Modernisation Programme may include a giant database to store billions of details. Civil liberty groups oppose the plans, saying th Read More »
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Before the days of linguistic inflation, 100% was considered enough. But no longer, says Chris Bowlby, in a personal reflection on how language has changed.How committed are you to finishing this article 110% Maybe 150% Or, if you're in the US, perhaps 1,000% is what you need to say to show you really care. But hang on a minute. Isn't 100% meant to be the limit, as far as you can go There once wa Read More »
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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to meet Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican later.Prince Charles and his second wife, Camilla, who flew to Rome on Sunday night, have been granted a private audience with the pontiff. It will be Charles's first audience at the Vatican since his divorce from the late Princess Diana. The royal couple will spend two days in Italy as part of an off Read More »
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The Taleban's talks with the government in north-west Pakistan have been suspended amid army operations against militants, a Taleban negotiator says.Pakistani troops and Taleban militants have clashed in Lower Dir in North West Frontier Province (NWFP), forcing hundreds of civilians to flee. NWFP officials had agreed a deal that would introduce Sharia law in return for an end to the Taleban insur Read More »
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