12 Aug 2014

Venezuela ‘anti-smuggling’ troops deployed near Colombia

Venezuela says it has deployed 17,000 troops along its border with Colombia, which was closed on Monday for the first time as part of an anti-smuggling operation. Up to 40% of goods Venezuela subsidises for its domestic market are smuggled to Colombia, where they are sold at much higher prices,

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12 Aug 2014

Colombia drought triggers clashes in La Guajira province

Nine people have been injured in clashes between police and residents of Colombia’s northern La Guajira province demanding more government support for the impoverished region. La Guajira is currently suffering from a drought and locals say the authorities have not done enough to mitigate its effects on the population. via

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12 Aug 2014

Liberia to give two doctors trial drug, Ebola toll at 1,013

Liberia said on Tuesday it would treat two infected doctors with the scarce experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, the first Africans to receive the treatment, while authorities in Spain said a 75-year-old priest had died of the disease. The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of the highly contagious disease

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12 Aug 2014

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organization panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but cautioned supplies will be limited. The panel said any provision of experimental Ebola medicines would require

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12 Aug 2014

Russia sends big aid convoy to Ukraine, West sounds warnings

A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory. Kiev and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn

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12 Aug 2014

U.S. directly arming Kurds in Iraq

The Obama administration has shipped weapons directly to Kurdish forces battling ISIS militants in northern Iraq and is considering ways to expand the transfer of arms, U.S. officials told CNN. Shipments have so far come from the CIA, two U.S. officials said. But discussions are underway inside the administration about

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12 Aug 2014

Iraqi President nominates new Prime Minister

Iraqi President Fuad Masum nominated a new Prime Minister on Monday, further complicating the country’s intense power struggle amid a dire humanitarian crisis and a militant threat strong enough to draw U.S. air power back to the fray. via Iraqi President nominates new Prime Minister – CNN.com.

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11 Aug 2014

Clinical trial to start soon on GSK Ebola vaccine

A clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is set to start shortly, according to British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which is co-developing the product with U.S. scientists. via Clinical trial to start soon on GSK Ebola vaccine | Reuters.

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11 Aug 2014

Erdogan’s presidential win starts race for new Turkish government

Turkey’s ruling party begins deliberations on the shape of the next government on Monday after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history by winning the nation’s first direct presidential election. via Erdogan’s presidential win starts race for new Turkish government | Reuters.

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11 Aug 2014

Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

osovo police arrested 40 men on Monday on suspicion of having fought with Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq, a crackdown aimed at deterring recruitment of volunteer fighters, authorities in the small Balkan state said. via Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria | Reuters.

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