LONDON - Britain's GlaxoSmithKline has asked its shareholders to vote at a meeting on Dec. 18 on its proposed major deal with Switzerland's Novartis , which will see the two pharmaceutical group trade more than $20 billion of assets.
ROME - An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being flown to Italy, the Health Ministry in Rome said on Monday.
ZURICH - The European Commission has approved Novartis' drug Signifor to treat a rare hormonal disorder, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.
BAMAKO - Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday.
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CAIRO - An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
GENEVA - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
WASHINGTON - International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. | Video
AMSTERDAM - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter.
BERLIN - German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.