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North Korea ‘detains US citizen Kim Hak-song’

North Korea says it has detained a US citizen on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state. Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was held on 6 May, state-run news agency KCNA said. Three other US citizens are currently held in North Korea, including Kim Sang-duck, who had taught at PUST. The US has in the past accused North Korea of detaining its citizens to use them as pawns. KCNA said that “a relevant institution” was “conducting [a] detailed investigation” into Kim Hak-song’s…

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Health Weekly Roundup: Diwali air over north India world’s worst, air pollution behind 1 in 10 under-5 deaths, new breast cancer cases to rise to 3.2 mn a year by 2030

This week was filled with important medical discoveries, researches and health news. To ensure that you don’t miss any, we bring you a weekly roundup. Here is this week’s aggregation of the latest news stories on health, fitness and diet. Delhi chokes on worst Nov smog in many years The air quality index for 4 pm on November 2 was 432, in the “severe” category, while the index on October 31 (post Diwali) was 445. At 14 times the safe limit, Ggn breathes fire Concentration of PM 2.5 touched the…

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Diwali Air Over North India Was World’s Worst

Over the Diwali weekend of 2016, India’s air quality was among the world’s worst, between 40 per cent and 100 per cent worse in five north Indian cities than at the same time the preceding year, according to global air pollution data, and an IndiaSpend analysis of national data and its own #Breathe network of sensors. On October 30 and 31 this year, from 9 pm to the wee hours of the next morning, North India — especially parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — recorded PM 2.5 levels…

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