20 Jul 2018

UN: $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated a global need of $24.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and protection for 128 million people. Key drivers of the increasing projections are the ongoing refugee crisis, with 22.5 million currently registered

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20 Jul 2018

Countries improving fight against antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance has been named one of the leading threat to global health in the 21st century, and countries are beginning to coordinate efforts to combat it. A recent survey reported that 105 countries currently have surveillance systems to identify and report on drug-resistent infections, with 68 also having systems

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18 Jul 2018

Congo Ebola Outbreak Expected to End Next Week

The WHO has set its projected termination date of the DRC’s ebola outbreak at July 24th, 42 days since the last patient infected with ebola was released from care. Since the start of the outbreak in April 4th, there were 38 confirmed cases and 29 deaths. This outbreak was the

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17 Jul 2018

Drought in Afghanistan aggrevates political tensions with Iran

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector has been hit by severe draughts, whose impact is made worse by its extremely limited water storage and irrigation capacity. These environmental and infrastructural problems damage not only the Afghan economy, but spill over into heightened tensions with neighboring Iran, which many in Afghanistan believe to be

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12 Jul 2018

Sri Lanka seeks to “replicate the success” of the ongoing drug war in the Philippines

4 local government officials have been killed in the Philippines in one week, raising the number of mayors and vice-mayors killed during Philippine’s war on drugs to 16. The death toll among citizens has surpassed 12,000 since the campaign began in mid-2016, according to Human Rights Watch. Recently, the Sri-Lanka

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11 Jul 2018

Radioactive material stolen from vehicle in Mexico City

A container of Iridium-192, a radioactive material used in construction and manufacturing, was stolen from a supplier’s vehicle in a borough outside of Mexico City. There have been a number of similar thefts in Mexico in the past few years and, while most of the materials have been recovered, they

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10 Jul 2018

UK police hunt nerve agent container after woman dies

“A woman who died after being poisoned with a nerve agent that also struck a former Russian spy in March must have handled a contaminated item, and tracking it down is key to police investigations, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said.” Source: UK police hunt nerve agent container after woman dies

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05 Jul 2018

Greenpeace crashes Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace activists flew a Superman-shaped drone into the no-fly zone around a French nuclear power plant and crashed it into the walls of a building that house its spent fuel pool, an action the group said served to highlight “the extreme vulnerability of this type of building, which contain the

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05 Jul 2018

UK points the finger at Russia after another military-grade nerve agent leaves couple critically ill

A UK couple were taken to the hospital where lab analysis confirmed their exposure to novichok, the military-grade nerve agent that was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Scribal and his daughter Yulia. The couple lives 8 miles away from the place where the original attack took place 4

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29 Jun 2018

China opens bids for first nuclear-powered icebreaker

Reflecting the arctic’s increased position as a strategic priority for China, the country recently opened bids for the production of its first nuclear-powered icebreaker. Russia currently dominates globally in terms of civilian-operated nuclear-powered icebreakers, maintaining a fleet of four with three more on the way. The Russian military fleet boasts

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