14 Dec 2017

Pakistan: Government shuts down 20 foreign aid groups

“The Government of Pakistan has ordered a host of international aid groups to wrap up their operations in 60 days, a global NGO said Wednesday, as officials tighten controls on foreign charities in the country.” Source: Government shuts down 20 foreign aid groups

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12 Dec 2017

China May Be Preparing Refugee Sites in Case of a Korean War

“The Chinese government may be preparing for an influx of refugees from North Korea — if, say, war breaks out on the Peninsula, according to a document obtained by Radio Free Asia.” Source: China May Be Preparing Refugee Sites in Case of a Korean War – Defense One

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11 Dec 2017

Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

“Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea’s nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country’s massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.” Source: Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

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11 Dec 2017

UN: New Rohingya arrivals from Myanmar now 646,000

“The number of Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25 has now risen to 646,000, a big jump from the estimated number of 626,000 last week, says the United Nations.” Source: UN: New Rohingya arrivals from Myanmar now 646,000 | Dhaka Tribune

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08 Dec 2017

MIT Researchers Are Making Computers Out of Live Bacteria

“In the future, you could be eating cancer-detecting robots in much the same way you take your morning vitamins. Researchers at MIT have created a new responsive material that can change along with its environment, using living cells that act like basic computers. The technique uses genetically engineered bacteria—fine-tuned to respond to

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07 Dec 2017

Chinese state media gives advice on surviving nuclear attack to citizens near North Korea border

“Chinese state media has issued advice to citizens on how to survive a nuclear attack or explosion.” Source: Chinese state media gives advice on surviving nuclear attack to citizens near North Korea border | The Independent

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06 Dec 2017

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

“Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing ‘a mega-crisis’, aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world, the agencies add.” Source: DR Congo displacement crisis

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06 Dec 2017

UN report cites environmental threat of antimicrobial resistance

“A report today from the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) highlights the environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance.” Source: UN report cites environmental threat of antimicrobial resistance | CIDRAP

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05 Dec 2017

How Yemen became the most wretched place on earth

“Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East even before the outbreak of war in 2014 between Houthi rebels and government forces. The conflict has heaped devastation upon poverty. Since fighting began Yemen has suffered the biggest cholera outbreak in modern history and is on the brink of the

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04 Dec 2017

North Korean defectors say nuclear tests have ravaged their health

“Defectors who lived near North Korea’s nuclear testing site say they believe they are suffering from exposure to radiation and fear for the health of family members still living there.” Source: North Korean defectors say nuclear tests have ravaged their health – NBC News

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