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Syria's ailing water network could spark epidemics - Red Cross| Reuters

Sep 03, 2015

Syria's ailing water network could spark epidemics - Red Cross| Reuters

GENEVA Syria's water network, heavily damaged by bombs and shelling, is at risk of collapse as its civil war drags on, increasing the threat of deadly typhoid or cholera outbreaks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. Millions of people in Aleppo and Damascus are cut off from water supplies for days at a time, a tactic used by all warring sides to exert control in divided cities, the ICRC said. #Syria #Middle East #opinion #Business #India
Sierra Leone to vaccinate 200 people connected to Ebola victim| Reuters

Sep 03, 2015

Sierra Leone to vaccinate 200 people connected to Ebola victim| Reuters

FREETOWN Sierra Leone is to vaccinate around 200 people who came into direct or indirect contact with a woman who died of Ebola on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the U.N. World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. The death of the woman, a trader from Kambia District near the border with Guinea, sets back efforts to end an 18-month epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and killed more than a third of them. The 67-year-old woman died five days after Sierra Leone started a 42-day countdown to being declared free of Ebola #Technology #Middle East #Argentina #Nigeria #Latin America #Entertainment #Business
China to put on huge show of force for World War Two anniversary| Reuters

Sep 03, 2015

China to put on huge show of force for World War Two anniversary| Reuters

BEIJING China will put on a huge show of force on Thursday with goose-stepping troops and nuclear-capable missiles parading through Beijing, marking 70 years since the end of World War Two and the country's growing military might and confidence. More than 12,000 soldiers, most Chinese but with contingents from Russia and elsewhere, will march past Tiananmen Square overseen by President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of several other friendly nations, including Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. Many Western leaders will be conspicuous by their absence, nervous about appearing on the same stage as people like Putin and about the message China is sending to a region already worried by Beijing's growing military assertiveness, especially in the South China Sea. #France #Russia #Africa #Taiwan #opinion #Business #India
Congo bans documentary about renowned rape trauma surgeon| Reuters

Sep 03, 2015

Congo bans documentary about renowned rape trauma surgeon| Reuters

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday banned a documentary film about a doctor who treats war rape victims, leading the film makers to say the government was trying to silence debate about sexual violence. Media Minister Lambert Mende gave no reason for the decision to ban "The Man who Mends Women (L'Homme Qui Repare Les Femmes)", which is about Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, the founder of Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu. Sexual violence by militias and the army is a defining atrocity of a conflict in eastern Congo that has lasted two decades, and the hospital has treated thousands of rape victims. #Technology #markets #Africa #Belgium #opinion #Business
Malaysia's anti-corruption efforts undermined by questions about scandal - corruption fighter| Reuters

Sep 03, 2015

Malaysia's anti-corruption efforts undermined by questions about scandal - corruption fighter| Reuters

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malaysia's commitment to fighting corruption cannot be taken seriously as long as it does not explain how millions of dollars ended up in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank account, the head of the world's largest anti-graft organisation said on Wednesday. Jose Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, said Malaysia had taken many measures and initiatives to tackle corruption but that none of its claims to tackle corruption would be credible until it provided answers to the finance scandal. #United States #Technology #science #markets #opinion #Business #India
Islamic State claims bomb attack on Yemeni mosque, 28 reported dead | Reuters

Sep 03, 2015

Islamic State claims bomb attack on Yemeni mosque, 28 reported dead | Reuters

SANAA Islamic State's Yemen branch claimed responsibility for two bombings at a mosque in a northern district of the capital Sanaa that media run by the Houthi militia said killed at least 28 people and wounded 75 on Wednesday. The al-Mo'ayyad mosque, run by the Houthis in the al-Jarraf neighbourhood of Sanaa, has previously been targeted by the ultra-radical Islamic State, who regard the Iran-allied Houthis as heretics. The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency said in a text message that the first explosion was caused by a suicide bomber in the al-Mo'ayyad mosque, followed by a car bomb blast that targeted medics outside the building. #Middle East #Health #Argentina #Business #Economy
Earth has 3 trillion trees but they're falling at alarming rate| Reuters

Sep 02, 2015

Earth has 3 trillion trees but they're falling at alarming rate| Reuters

WASHINGTON Earth is home to just over 3 trillion trees - the redwoods of California, the olive trees of Tunisia, the cherry trees of Japan, the eucalyptus of Australia and so many more - but they are being lost at an alarming rate because of human activities. Those are the findings of researchers who on Wednesday unveiled the most comprehensive assessment of global tree populations ever conducted, using data including satellite imagery and ground-based tree density estimates from more than 400,000 locations worldwide. The estimate of 3.04 trillion trees - an estimated 422 for every person - is about eight times higher than a previous estimate of 400 billion trees that was based on satellite imagery but less data from the ground. #United States #Environment #markets #Argentina #Business
National emissions plans too weak to limit climate change - study| Reuters

Sep 02, 2015

National emissions plans too weak to limit climate change - study| Reuters

BONN, Germany National plans for limiting greenhouse gas emissions fall short of tough action needed to slow climate change under a United Nations agreement due in Paris in December, European researchers said on Wednesday. The plans submitted so far to the U.N. #Technology #France #Europe #United Kingdom #opinion #Business #India
Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK; dead wash up on Turkish beach| Reuters

Sep 02, 2015

Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK; dead wash up on Turkish beach| Reuters

CALAIS, France/BUDAPEST Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains. Thousands of miles away, the bodies of other migrants washed up on a Turkish beach. #United States #Technology #Europe #markets #Latin America #Hungary #Business
Car bomb kills 10 in coastal stronghold of Syria's Assad| Reuters

Sep 02, 2015

Car bomb kills 10 in coastal stronghold of Syria's Assad| Reuters

AMMAN At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Latakia on Wednesday, state television said, in a rare attack in a coastal stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad. Latakia has so far been largely spared the violence that has ravaged Syria during more than four years of civil war in which about a quarter of a million people have been killed #Technology #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #Business