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Aetna, Humana to consider all options after court blocks merger

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The deal would "substantially lessen competition" in the sale of Medicare Advantage plans in 364 counties in 21 U.S. states and on the Obamacare exchange in three Florida counties, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday. "We continue to believe a...(more) 



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Fire-prone Indonesian province declares early emergency to combat "haze"

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Indonesia's fire-prone Riau province declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, the disaster mitigation agency said, after President Joko Widodo urged regional authorities to avoid a repeat of fires that smothered Southeast Asia in smog in 2015. Indonesia faces global pressure to put an end to...(more) 



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Bomb classes and gun counts: trauma of Mosul children under Islamic State

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By Girish Gupta MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Schools in the east of the Iraqi city of Mosul are seeking to return to a semblance of normality after two years under Islamic State rule when they were either shuttered or forced to teach a martial curriculum that...(more) 



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U.N. to need $8 billion this year to help Syrians at home and abroad

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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it will need a total of $8 billion this year to provide life-saving assistance to millions of Syrians inside their shattered homeland and to refugees and their host communities in neighboring countries. The first...(more) 



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Hungarian scrapped from list of candidates for WHO top job

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Former Hungarian health minister Miklos Szocska has been cut from a list of candidates to head the World Health Organization, leaving just five in the running, the UN agency said Tuesday. Experts see the campaign to replace Margaret Chan as WHO chief as a crucial moment...(more) 



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Britain can discuss but not seal trade deals while still in EU: executive

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Britain can discuss but not seal bilateral trade deals while it remains a member of the European Union, the deputy head of the bloc's executive, which will lead the technical negotiations on Brexit, said on Tuesday. Frans Timmermans' words raised the prospect of obstacles and delays...(more) 



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New bird flu virus type confirmed on German turkey farm

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A bird flu outbreak in north Germany this week was of a new subtype called H5N5, the first time the strain has been confirmed on a German farm, the country's national animal disease center said on Tuesday. The H5N5 strain was found on a turkey farm...(more) 



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China jails key suspects in vaccine scandal

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China sentenced two key suspects in an out-of-date immunisations scandal, a local court said Tuesday, in a case which fuelled public concern about vaccine safety and sparked outrage about official delays in revealing details. The scandal, which came to light in March last year, involved the...(more) 



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Minnesota governor collapses while addressing legislators

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(Reuters) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapsed on Monday while delivering his state-of-the-state address to legislators in St. Paul, but aides said afterward that Dayton quickly recovered from what they described as a fainting spell and returned home. Gasps rose from the assembly hall and someone...(more) 



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Roche says FDA grants priority review for Actemra

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ZURICH (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted priority review designation of Roche's rheumatoid arthritis medication Actemra for giant cell arteritis (GCA), the Swiss drugmaker said on Tuesday. "We will continue to work closely with the FDA to bring this investigational medicine...(more) 



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U.S. fund managers betting Trump fails to rewrite Obamacare

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By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some prominent U.S. fund managers are betting that former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law will not undergo the widespread changes that President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail. Portfolio managers from Fidelity, Gamco, Thornburg and other large...(more) 



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Stopping smoking may ease symptoms of depression​

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A new study funded by Cancer Research UK has found that stopping smoking could help improve the symptoms of depression. In addition, successful quitters also showed a large improvement in their depression, with two-thirds (66.3 percent) of those who had moderate or severe depression when smoking...(more) 



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