02 Jul 2015

UN Declares Highest-Level Emergency in Yemen

“The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance. U.N. officials have said the Middle East’s most impoverished country is a step away from famine.” Source: UN Declares Highest-Level Emergency in Yemen | Al Jazeera America

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02 Jul 2015

Mass evacuation in Tennessee after train with toxic substance derails

“More than 5,000 residents of the US state of Tennessee have been evacuated after a freight train carrying toxic chemicals derailed and caught fire. The train was carrying a flammable, toxic substance called acrylonitrile when it came off the rails near Maryville, just outside Knoxville. Firefighters evacuated people within a

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30 Jun 2015

New Ebola case marks disease’s return to Liberia

“The body of a dead Liberian man has tested positive for Ebola – the country’s first reported case since it was declared free of the disease.” Source: New Ebola case marks disease’s return to Liberia – BBC News

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25 Jun 2015

IRIN Africa | Bush meat trade roaring again despite Ebola ban

“Liberia doesn’t have Ebola any more so we should be allowed to eat bush meat again.’ ‘We’ve been eating it without any problem for generations.’ These are common refrains in Liberian markets, where the trade in bush meat, a known source of the Ebola virus, has picked up once again.

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25 Jun 2015

Yemen Crisis: 21 Million People Now in Urgent Need of Food, Humanitarian Aid

“A Saudi-led blockade on maritime traffic has limited commercial goods from entering Yemen, forcing prices of food and fuel to skyrocket The U.N. envoy to Yemen said Wednesday that the conflict-torn nation was ‘one step away from famine,’ with nearly 80% of its population — 21 million people — in

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24 Jun 2015

Ebola may have spiked Guinea’s malaria deaths

“The Ebola outbreak in Guinea may have led to 74,000 new cases of malaria going untreated, causing a spike in malaria deaths likely to be much higher than the Ebola toll, researchers said on Wednesday. During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, visits to health centers in Guinea fell by 42

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23 Jun 2015

Korea MERS update: 172 cases, 27 deaths

“The Korean Centers for Disease Control updated the case tally today (computer translated) and reported three additional cases and two fatalities due to infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This brings the total to 172 cases and 27 deaths.” Source: Korea MERS update: 172 cases, 27 deaths

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22 Jun 2015

In China, Illegal Drugs Are Sold Online in an Unbridled Market

“Ordering illegal drugs from China is as easy as typing on a keyboard. On guidechem.com, more than 150 Chinese companies sell alpha-PVP, also known as flakka, a dangerous stimulant that is illegal in the United States but not in China, and was blamed for 18 recent deaths in one Florida

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21 Jun 2015

Toxic Liquor in India Kills at Least 84

“At least 84 people have died after drinking toxic liquor in a Mumbai-area slum, the police said Saturday, as the toll continued to rise in the worst episode of its kind in more than a decade. At least 36 people were hospitalized, said a senior Mumbai police official, Atulchandra Kulkarni,

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11 Jun 2015

Ebola Cases Rise Again in West Africa

“A steady decline in Ebola cases has stopped and the numbers are ticking up again in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday. “ Source: Ebola Cases Rise Again in West Africa – NBC News

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