25 Oct 2016

As South Sudan Fights, Refugees Flow Into Uganda

“One way to measure the growing turmoil in South Sudan is by the rapidly expanding refugee influx in neighboring Uganda. A crowd of refugees press into a food distribution area at Pagirinya Refugee Settlement, one of the newest camps built to accommodate the latest arrivals in northern Uganda, just across

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20 Oct 2016

Deep Freeze mission to Antarctica begins

“The first of roughly 500 airmen have begun flying in ski-equipped planes to Antarctica to begin the Air Force’s annual Operation Deep Freeze mission. Each year, the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing flies hundreds of missions providing airlift within Antarctica as part of Deep Freeze. The operation

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20 Oct 2016

Russia extends ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo attack

“Russia announced that it will broadcast live images of the evacuation of civilians and wounded people from besieged eastern Aleppo during a ‘humanitarian pause’ it has scheduled for Thursday.” Source: Russia extends ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo attack – News from Al Jazeera

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17 Oct 2016

Cholera outbreak tops 22,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo

“The number of cholera cases and deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to date in 2016 is significantly higher the same period in 2015, according to UNICEF data published today.” Source: Cholera outbreak tops 22,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo | Outbreak News Today

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15 Oct 2016

Stampede kills 19 pilgrims in ancient Indian city

“At least 19 people died in a stampede in the ancient northern Indian city of Varanasi on Saturday, officials said.” Source: Stampede kills 19 pilgrims in ancient Indian city | Reuters

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14 Oct 2016

Flesh-eating screwworms return to U.S.

“‘The screwworm is a potentially devastating animal disease that sends shivers down every ranchers spine,’ Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said. ‘It’s been more than five decades since the screwworm infested Florida, and I’ve grown up hearing the horror stories from the last occurrence.’ New World screwworms are the

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13 Oct 2016

UNICEF gears up to vaccinate 41 million children after polio outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria

“More than 41 million children are expected to get vaccinations against polio as part of a major new health campaign by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Lake Chad basin, aimed at the recent outbreak of polio in north-east Nigeria.” Source: United Nations News Centre – UNICEF gears

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04 Oct 2016

Battle for Islamic State stronghold could trigger a new crisis: A million displaced Iraqis

“The battle for the northern city of Mosul could force a million people to flee their homes. But even before it begins, aid agencies are struggling to shelter families displaced by the conflict against the Islamic State.” Source: Battle for Islamic State stronghold could trigger a new crisis: A million

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03 Oct 2016

Climate Change Is Increasing the Risk of War in Africa: Study

“United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon once described the war in Darfur, Sudan as the world’s first climate change conflict, caused in part by the fighting over scarce water resources. Now, researchers believe climate change may be raising the risk of war across the continent. In a study published in Science this week, researchers Tamma Carleton

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30 Sep 2016

Zika in Asia: CDC says pregnant women should postpone travel to 11 countries

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted today Zika virus-related special travel considerations for 11 Southeastern Asian countries. CDC now recommends that pregnant women should consider postponing nonessential travel to these countries because of the uncertain risk of Zika virus infection. CDC is issuing these special travel considerations so

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