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Measles outbreak declared in Philippines

Measles outbreak declared in Philippines

Authorities in the Philippines have declared an outbreak of the highly contagious measles virus in several areas including the capital, Manila.As of 26 January there have been 1,813 measles cases and 26 deaths, according to the Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau. That is a 74% increase from 2018.Measles can be very dangerous for small children and babies.There is now increasing concern for the 2.4 million unvaccinated children.Parents have been reluctant to have their children immunised at government health centres, after complications related to a dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.Dr Gundo...

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February 8, 2019
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Measles cases triple in Europe

Measles cases triple in Europe

Measles cases in Europe tripled between 2017 and 2018 to 82,596 - the highest number recorded this decade, shows.While vaccination rates are improving, the WHO says coverage is not high enough to prevent circulation of the virus in many countries.Ukraine reported the highest number of measles cases last year - more than 10 times that of the next highest, Serbia.Over 90% of cases were in 10 countries, including France, Italy and Greece.Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs and brain.There were...

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February 8, 2019
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Instagram to remove graphic self-harm images

Instagram to remove graphic self-harm images

All graphic images of self-harm will be removed from Instagram, the head of the social media platform has told the BBC.The move comes after the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017, Molly's family found she had been viewing graphic images of self-harm on the site prior to her death.Adam Mosseri said Instagram was trying to balance "the need to act now and the need to act responsibly".He added the site was "not where we need to be on the issues of self-harm and suicide".When asked by the BBC's Angus Crawford when the images would be removed, Mr Mosseri replied:...

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February 8, 2019
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Plane body identified as footballer Sala

Plane body identified as footballer Sala

The body recovered from the wreckage of a crashed plane is that of Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala, Dorset Police have said. Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a plane piloted by David Ibbotson, which went missing over the English Channel on 21 January. The body was recovered late on Wednesday after the wreckage was found on Sunday morning.Dorset Police confirmed the identification on Thursday night. In a statement, the force said: "The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional...

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February 8, 2019
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US nurse pleads not guilty to patient rape

US nurse pleads not guilty to patient rape

A nurse has pleaded not guilty to charges of raping an incapacitated woman who unexpectedly gave birth at a clinic where she was in his care. Nathan Sutherland, 36, is accused of sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult. The 29-year-old victim has been a patient at Hacienda HealthCare facility in Arizona for about two decades. She gave birth to a baby boy in December. Mr Sutherland was arrested after his DNA matched a sample from the newborn.Dave Gregan, Mr Sutherland's lawyer, told reporters outside the court that his client "is entitled to due process of the law".He added that Mr...

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February 8, 2019
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Lovers jailed for ex-partner's murder

Lovers jailed for ex-partner's murder

An "evil monster" who stabbed his ex-partner to death in the street has been jailed for life with a minimum of 29 years.Torbjorn Kettlewell, 30, stabbed Kelly Franklin, 29, more than 30 times in Hartlepool after she ended their abusive 12-year relationship.His lover Julie Wass, 48, was jailed for eight years for manslaughter.Both were found guilty of the 3 August killing by jurors at Teesside Crown Court.Ms Franklin's family said Kettlewell was an "evil, vicious monster" who had "plagued" her life in a "controlling and abusive relationship".In a statement read to the court, Ms Franklin's...

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February 8, 2019
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Tesla investors spooked by revelations in emotional interview

Tesla investors spooked by revelations in emotional interview

Tesla shares have plunged after founder Elon Musk revealed to the New York Times he works "120 hour weeks" and takes sedatives.In the interview, Mr Musk also said he was not "on weed" when he controversially tweeted about taking the company private. After the comments from Mr Musk, shares were down 8.8%.The share drop was encouraged by a UBS note predicting Tesla's Model 3 will lose $6,000 per vehicle, as costs soar.The ramping up of production of the electric car company's mass-market Model 3 was one of the reasons why Mr Musk admitted to being overworked and using the sedative Ambien to...

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'Space snowman' appears squashed

'Space snowman' appears squashed

It seems the "space snowman" is more like a "gingerbread man".Scientists studying the distant object known as Ultima Thule are revising ideas about its shape after examining the latest images downlinked to Earth.The pictures, taken by the probe on 1 January, show the apparently bulbous body to be quite flat.This interpretation is evident from the data acquired by the Nasa spacecraft when it looked back at icy Ultima Thule as it zoomed past at 50,000km/h.‼️BREAKING‼️2014 MU69 (nicknamed ), is not, as it turns out, quite so round as initially anticipated. Images from confirm the highly...

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February 11, 2019
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Manhole cover leads to US 'shooting range'

Manhole cover leads to US 'shooting range'

Police in California have shared details and images of an underground shooting range they discovered at the home of a known gang member.The City of Fontana Police Department said they found several weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition inside the area.A manhole cover served as entrance to the cave.Police said they arrested suspects at the scene, but did not say who they were. by the department on Facebook."Friendly message to anyone who wants to engage in illegal activity and be a member of a gang: We will never give up on keeping our community safe and free of violence," they said...

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February 11, 2019
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Best-selling author lied about cancer

Best-selling author lied about cancer

Dan Mallory, author of the best-selling The Woman in the Window, has admitted to lying about having brain cancer.Mallory, who wrote the thriller under the pseudonym AJ Finn, said he claimed to have had cancer as a way to disguise his struggles with bipolar disorder.His admission comes after accused him of a history of lies about his personal life.The US author told the magazine it was "never the goal" to "take advantage of anyone else's goodwill".Mallory was a book editor before The Woman in the Window, his debut novel, was published in January 2018. It debuted at number one on the New York...

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February 8, 2019
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