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GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

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LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa.

U.N. rights body criticizes Ireland on abortion, church homes

DUBLIN - A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and that allegations of abuse of women and children at Catholic-run homes must be better investigated.

Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates

NAIROBI - Nigeria could cut the number of polio cases to zero next year and be declared free of the disease in 2018 even though a national eradication campaign has had to contend with an insurgency in the north, Bill Gates told Reuters.

3:47am EDT

EU finds 'morning after pills' work, regardless of a woman's weight

LONDON - Emergency contraceptives, known as the "morning after pill", remain suitable for all women who need them, regardless of a woman’s weight, European regulators said on Thursday.

8:21am EDT

Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis

INN DIN Myanmar - Visitors to the medical facility in one of Myanmar's poorest and most remote regions are greeted by a padlocked gate and a sign reading: "Clinic closed until further notice."

World, United Nations, Myanmar, 10:15am EDT

South Africa plans plain cigarette packaging by 2015: minister

CAPE TOWN - South Africa aims to force cigarette companies to sell products in plain packets by next year, despite an ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) investigation into Australia's ban on tobacco branding, the health minister said on Thursday.

9:29am EDT

Lithuania to slaughter 20,000 pigs as swine fever spreads

VILNIUS - Lithuanian authorities on Thursday ordered the slaughter of 19,400 pigs at one of the country's largest farms as an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the region spread.

7:38am EDT

U.S. paves way for Novartis to copy Amgen biotech drug

- U.S. regulators have accepted an application by Sandoz - the generics arm of Novartis - seeking approval for a copycat version of Amgen's drug Neupogen, or filgrastim, for patients with low white blood cell counts.

6:26am EDT

U.S. health insurers to pay $330 million in premium rebates

- U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday.

U.S., 12:03am EDT

China probes food businesses; Hong Kong bans imports in meat safety scare

SHANGHAI - China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.

6:42am EDT