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Halle Berry drinks half a pint of whiskey at Comic-Con panel

Actress Halle Berry surprised film fans by appearing to drink half a pint of whiskey in one go on stage. The Oscar winner was promoting her latest film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which features a fictional bourbon that serves as a business front for US secret agents. When it was produced at the Comic-Con event, Berry was poured a large glass which she initially ignored. But when a fan asked her a difficult question, she chose to drink it. What was the tough question? She was asked whether her action…

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For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday. AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based on estimates and not actual counts from countries. Experts applauded the progress, but questioned if the billions spent in the past…

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Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'

Half of pupils expelled from England’s schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider population who have a mental health condition. The government said it would be publishing plans to improve mental health services later in the year. ‘Thrown out’ The research comes as the number of fixed term and permanent exclusions is rising….

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Gaming 

Oculus Working With Qualcomm on Wireless Rift, Slashes Price in Half

A new report claims that Oculus is working with Qualcomm to design a headset that won’t require tethering to a PC or phone, and will sell for as little as $ 200. This standalone headset would be a huge step forward for the industry, and it couldn’t come at a better time for Oculus. Oculus may have first demonstrated the VR’s ability to generate community excitement, thanks to its fabulous Kickstarter debut. But the company has struggled over the last 12 months. Hardware shipments were delayed due to component shortages….

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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton hails series-levelling win over All Blacks but warns: 'It is only half the job done'

Captain Sam Warburton says the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand in Wellington will count for nothing unless they win the Test series decider next week.  Owen Farrell’s 78th-minute penalty proved decisive as the Lions took advantage of Sonny Bill Williams’ first-half red card – the first All Black to be sent off since 1967 – to claim a 24-21 victory in the second Test. The tourists condemned New Zealand to their first home defeat since 2009, but Warburton downplayed their victory and immediately turned attention to the…

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Health 

NHS misplaced half a million patient documents

Thousands of NHS patients may have come to harm because of an administrative mix-up, says NHS England. Some 500,000 documents containing medical information, including cancer test results, were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to the GP or filed in the patients’ records. An investigation is under way, focusing on the estimated 2,500 patients who may have been adversely affected and need further medical checks. So far, no harm has been reported. The error occurred when a mail redirection company hired by the NHS failed to pass on…

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