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A vaccinator inoculates a child against polio in Pakistan

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Bill Gates tonight used the annual Richard Dimbleby Lecture to make the claim that polio could be eradicated throughout the world by 2018.

Pakistani policeman protecting polio workers shot dead

Gunmen on motorbikes killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in a north-western village.

Gunmen kill policeman escorting polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen on a motorcycle have shot dead a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in Pakistan.

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The flu season has begun, parents have been warned, after an increase in the number of children aged five to 14 falling ill.

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Fresh wave of militant attacks sees UN suspend its polio programme

New killings follow the murder of six female vaccinators in the country on Tuesday

Rukhsana Bibi grieves over her daughter, a health worker, yesterday

Killed as they tried to save lives: Pakistan polio workers targeted

Vaccination programme suspended after five women are shot dead

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Farmers are facing an anxious season for new lambs and calves, as most of the sheep flocks and cattle herds in England and Wales are now thought to be infected with Schmallenberg virus, an emerging livestock disease which can cause birth deformities in newborn animals, Government scientists have warned.

Pakistan: Car bomb kills 17 in crowded market

The bomb went off next to the women's waiting area of a bus stop

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Three babies die from whooping cough in biggest outbreak for 20 years

The total number of cases is tenfold higher than during the last peak in 2008

Whooping cough epidemic

More than 50 cases of whooping cough are being reported each day and 13 infants have died in the worst UK outbreak for more than 20 years.

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