11 Jan 2017

Madagascar plague outbreak: 26 deaths reported

“In early December 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Madagascar alerted WHO of a suspected plague outbreak in Befotaka district, Atsimo Atsinanana region in the south-eastern part of the country. The district is outside the area known to be endemic area in Madagascar. No plague cases have been reported in

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10 Jan 2017

Cold Weather Kills Dozens in Central Europe, Smog Forces Production Cuts

“Severe frosts and snow storms killed at least 25 people in central Europe over the weekend, mainly in Poland, as temperatures in the region dropped below -30 degrees Celsius in some places.” Source: Cold Weather Kills Dozens in Central Europe, Smog Forces Production Cuts

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09 Jan 2017

Choked by Smog, Beijing Creates New Environmental Police

“Officials in Beijing have announced a new environmental police squad to root out illegal burning in the city, the latest government response to the widespread public anger over China’s persistent problems with smog.” Source: Choked by Smog, Beijing Creates New Environmental Police

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28 Dec 2016

Venezuela Military Trafficking Food as Country Goes Hungry

“When hunger drew tens of thousands of Venezuelans to the streets last summer in protest, President Nicolas Maduro turned to the military to manage the country’s diminished food supply, putting generals in charge of everything from butter to rice.” Source: News from The Associated Press

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24 Dec 2016

Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use

“A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protection. The vaccine is

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23 Dec 2016

We finally have an effective Ebola vaccine. The war on the disease is about to change

“It took a major Ebola epidemic that led to more than 11,000 deaths, but we now finally have a successful Ebola vaccine candidate in development. If approved, the vaccine would vastly reduce the likelihood of ever seeing another major Ebola outbreak. More than a year ago, researchers published striking preliminary

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21 Dec 2016

29 Dead in Mexican Fireworks Market Explosion

“Twenty-nine people were killed and more than 70 people injured after an explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico today, according to the governor of the state of Mexico.” Source: 29 Dead in Mexican Fireworks Market Explosion: Official – ABC News

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21 Dec 2016

Chinese cities choked by dangerous smog for fifth day; factories, schools closed

“Northern China was shrouded in almost record pollution for a fifth day on Wednesday, disrupting flights, traffic and shipping, and closing factories and schools, with some residents complaining emergency anti-smog measures were not operating.” Source: Chinese cities choked by dangerous smog for fifth day; factories, schools closed – Channel NewsAsia

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19 Dec 2016

Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times

“Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline by 100 times on Monday as north China battled with poor air quality for the third straight day.” Source: Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times – Channel

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14 Dec 2016

UNICEF: 80,000 children will starve to death in Nigeria

“Nearly a half million children will face starvation in northeastern Nigeria next year and 80,000 will die if they don’t get treatment in the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising, the U.N. Children’s Agency warned Tuesday.” Source: UNICEF: 80,000 children will starve to death in Nigeria

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