17 Apr 2015

Hundreds of British soldiers sent to Afghanistan given anti-malaria drug known to be dangerous for mental health

“Hundreds of British soldiers in Afghanistan were given a controversial anti-malaria drug even though experts do not recommend its use in the country, it can be revealed. Lariam, also known as mefloquine, is associated with a range of mental health problems ranging from psychosis and depression to hallucinations and suicidal

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17 Apr 2015

Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program

“More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.” Source: Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M

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15 Apr 2015

Wisconsin records first outbreak of dangerous bird flu strain

“A dangerous bird-flu strain that has already hit numerous turkey farms in the Midwest has been identified in a Wisconsin chicken flock, marking the first case of the virus in a commercial chicken farm in the U.S. and its first appearance in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.”

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14 Apr 2015

800,000 kids forced from homes in Boko Haram violence

“The children’s drawings show men with guns, a coffin, a car exploding. One picture has stick-like figures of eight siblings missed by their teenage sister. The disturbing images come from some of an estimated 800,000 children forced from the homes by Boko Haram extremists, according to a UNICEF report published

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10 Apr 2015

U.N. seeks $174 million to support refugees fleeing Boko Haram

“The United Nations launched an appeal on Thursday to raise slightly over $174 million to support refugees who have fled to Chad, Niger and Cameroon to escape northern Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.” Source: U.N. seeks $174 million to support refugees fleeing Boko Haram | Reuters

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10 Apr 2015

Authorities Close 12 Medical Businesses in Mexican Border City

“Health officials closed a dozen plastic surgery clinics in Tijuana, a border city in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, the Federal Commission for Health Risks Oversight, or Cofepris, said.” Source: Latin American Herald Tribune – Authorities Close 12 Medical Businesses in Mexican Border City

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08 Apr 2015

MIT Scientists Design Bulletproof Armor Modeled on Fish Scales

“The MIT team’s hope is to 3D print body armor that can move with the body where needed. Their inspiration was the scales that cover most fish, which range in size depending on what part of the fish they cover. The armor could be more rigid at vital points like

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07 Apr 2015

UN demands access to Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus

“The UN Security Council has demanded humanitarian access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. One UN official described the situation for the 18,000 refugees there as ‘beyond inhumane’.” Source: UN demands access to Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus – BBC News

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06 Apr 2015

Ebola death reported in Sierra Leone region where epidemic originated

“Ebola has struck again in the district where the epidemic originated in Sierra Leone, dashing hopes of a recovery after more than three months during which no cases had been reported. The ministry of health and sanitation confirmed a case of the virus on Saturday in the eastern Kailahun district

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06 Apr 2015

China paraxylene chemical plant hit by explosion

“An explosion has ripped through a chemical plant in south-eastern China’s Fujian province, sparking a major fire. The blast occurred on Monday evening at the plant in Zhangzhou. State news agency Xinhua reported one injury. The plant produces paraxylene (PX), a flammable chemical used in polyester and plastics manufacturing. “

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