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The Mexican government has banned free baby formula at hospitals in an effort to encourage breastfeeding. Health authorities said baby formula would still be available for purchase in shops and could be supplied at a doctor's request. But they said the country needed to boost low breastfeeding rates. Mexico has one of the...

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The Panama Canal Authority says it will temporarily cut the size of ships allowed through because of drought caused by El Nino. From 8 September, the maximum draft of ships will be cut to 39ft (11.89m), which may affect up to 20% of traffic. A similar restriction was imposed for the same reason in 1998. The authorities say a...

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New rules have come into force in Brazil aimed at reducing the country's high number of caesarean births. Eighty-five per cent of all births in Brazilian private hospitals are caesareans and in public hospitals the figure is 45%. The new rules oblige doctors to inform women about the risks and ask them to sign a consent form...

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Brazilians, like the rest of us, are used to buying products made in China. But in Sao Paulo's Santa Ifigenia neighbourhood - the city's main market for electronic devices - consumers are not kind to Chinese brands. "The first thing that comes to my mind when you say Chinese is an inferior product, probably contraband. I would avoid them,"...

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