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Inmate coughs, heaves during Alabama execution raising ire over drug

Dec 9 A man executed by Alabama on Thursday night heaved and coughed for 13 minutes before dying, and critics of capital punishment said his reaction was caused by a drug that should be banned because it does not render a prisoner sufficiently unconscious.

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UPDATE 1-FDA warns four companies for labeling flavored cigarettes as cigars

Dec 9 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers for selling flavored cigarettes labeled as cigars.

UPDATE 1-French presidential frontrunner Fillon under pressure over healthcare

PARIS, Dec 9 French Socialist would-be presidential candidate Manuel Valls on Friday criticised conservative rival Francois Fillon's proposals to slash public payroll and health spending, saying they threatened the foundations of a welfare state dear to voters.

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TIMELINE-Zika's origin and global spread

(Updates with latest microcephaly cases in Brazil) The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda's Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952: First human cases detected in Uganda and Tanzania 1960s-80s: Zika detected in mosquitoes and monkeys across equatorial Africa 1960s-80

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UPDATE 1-Microcephaly quadrupled in Colombia this year due to Zika -report

* Experts say women may have delayed pregnancies (Adds details on cases, CDC statement)

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