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Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine?

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CHICAGO/LONDON When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease.

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Special Report - Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs 12 Dec 2017

PATTON VILLAGE, Texas When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house.

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Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop 11 Dec 2017

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO Chicago's iconic sandwiches - Italian beef heroes dripping with gravy, and hot dogs loaded with pickles and hot peppers - wouldn't be such culinary institutions without the bread. | Video

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Special Report - How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa 08 Dec 2017

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop. | Video

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Despite furore over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts 08 Dec 2017

BEIRUT/RIYADH/AMMAN Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Palestinian officials say Riyadh has also been working for weeks behind the scenes to press them to support a nascent U.S. peace plan.

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Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows 08 Dec 2017

WASHINGTON In late October, President Donald Trump lifted a temporary ban on most refugee admissions, a move that should have cleared the way for more people fleeing persecution and violence to come to the United States. | Video

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The last hours of Yemen's Saleh 08 Dec 2017

DUBAI A day before they killed Yemen's former president, gunmen from the Iran-aligned Houthi militia group overran one of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s fortified compounds in Sanaa.

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Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town 07 Dec 2017

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining. | Video

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E-sports to chocolates - Chinese cities rush into risky specialisation 08 Dec 2017

ZHONGXIAN/YIXING, China The first plan was for an "eco-city" that would help pull Zhongxian, a remote city on the hilly banks of the Yangtze River in southwest China, out of poverty. | Video

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Cambodia goes all-in on China in casino port city 07 Dec 2017

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia Between Sihanoukville's beaches and its multiplying casinos, "Lao Qi" and Bun Saroeun run restaurants barely a hundred dusty metres apart. But their fortunes could not be more different.

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May faces parliamentary showdown with Brexit rebels

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May's control of the Brexit process will undergo its stiffest parliamentary test yet on Wednesday, when she faces a showdown with rebels in her own party over the laws that will take Britain out of the European Union.