28 Jul 2015

USDA Teams Up with Microsoft on Food Data Challenge

“The Agriculture Department wants the country’s food supply prepared for any curves climate change might throw its way, so it has reached out to the public for ideas as part of a $60,000 ‘innovation challenge.’ Launched Friday, the competition is meant to spur the creation of tech tools for analyzing

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24 Jul 2015

Nigeria marks one year without recorded polio case

“Nigeria has made a vital step towards being declared polio free, after marking a year without a recorded case. It can now be taken off the list of countries where the disease is endemic, if the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the results. Nigeria had struggled to contain polio since

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21 Jul 2015

Taiwan reports 38 ‘locally acquired’ dengue cases in past week, health officials mobilize to support elimination of mosquito breeding sites

“After reporting 44 additional dengue fever cases, including 38 locally acquired cases during the past week, Taiwan health officials report mobilizing staff members to support the inspection activities on the management and patrolling of houses, building and lands managed by central government agencies to eliminate possible vector breeding sources and

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13 Jul 2015

Africa’s Ebola outbreak not yet run its course

“Africa’s Ebola outbreak has not run its course and around 30 people are still getting infected each week, the United Nations’ special envoy for the deadly disease, David Nabarro, said on Monday. Under normal circumstances, such an infection rate would be considered ‘a major, major outbreak,’ he said.” Source: Africa’s

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13 Jul 2015

Russian barracks collapse kills 23 soldiers near Omsk

“A section of a Russian military barracks has collapsed, killing 23 soldiers near the Siberian city of Omsk, officials say. A further 19 servicemen have been pulled alive from the rubble. Five others are missing.” Source: Russian barracks collapse kills 23 soldiers near Omsk – BBC News

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11 Jul 2015

At least 20 dead in Bangladesh stampede

“A rush to receive donated clothes resulted in a stampede in central Bangladesh that killed at least 20 people Friday, police said. The stampede, which took place in Mymensingh district, injured dozens more, District Police Chief Moinul Haque told reporters. Authorities fear the death toll may rise.” Source: At least

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10 Jul 2015

Liberia Confirms 2 More Ebola Cases, Bringing New Outbreak to 5

“Liberian health authorities confirmed two more people have been infected with Ebola, bringing to five the number of cases in a new bout since the country was declared free of the virus two months ago.” Source: Liberia Confirms 2 More Ebola Cases, Bringing New Outbreak to 5 – Bloomberg Business

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09 Jul 2015

Syria conflict: Number of refugees passes four million

“More than four million Syrians – a sixth of the population – have fled abroad to escape the conflict in their country, the United Nations has said. A surge in the number of people crossing into Turkey has increased the total by one million in just 10 months.” Source: Syria

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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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