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Poisoning appears cause of mystery Liberia illness – WHO

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The World Health Organization says as of Wednesday the number of patients has risen to 28, with the sickness still unexplained although Ebola and Lassa fever have been ruled out

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 5, 2017) — Evidence suggests a mysterious illness that has killed 12 people in Liberia is linked to food or drink poisoning and is not a viral infection, the UN said on Friday, May 5, confirming 3 new cases. Continue reading Poisoning appears cause of mystery Liberia illness – WHO

UN wants new drugs against 12 supergerms

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The building hosting the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters is pictured on April 28, 2009 in Geneva. The World Health Organisation earlier raised its flu pandemic alert level from three to four, signalling a “significant increase in risk of a pandemic” under its criteria. Health experts on an emergency pandemic panel met on Monday to recommend whether the WHO should raise the alert level as the likely death toll from the swine flu virus rose to 149 in Mexico. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of bacteria threatening to turn once easily-treatable infections into serial killers

PARIS, France (Feb. 28, 2017) — The UN’s health agency urged governments, scientists and pharma companies Monday, February 27, to create new drugs to tackle 12 antibiotics-resistant supergerms threatening an explosion of incurable disease. Continue reading UN wants new drugs against 12 supergerms

One Of The Last Remaining Routes To Europe For Refugees Is Also One Of The Deadliest

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Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Thousands of migrants and refugees were rescued Monday morning from more than 20 boats by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO before transferring them to the Italian cost guards and others NGO vessels operating at the zone.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Rescuers are feeling powerless in the face of mounting challenges

October 27, 2016 — The stretch of the Mediterranean Sea separating Libya from southern Italy has become a death trap for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.  Continue reading One Of The Last Remaining Routes To Europe For Refugees Is Also One Of The Deadliest

25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

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The find adds to the grim evidence of the hazards of crossing the Mediterranean – a journey that the UN said Wednesday has claimed more than 3,800 lives so far this year, a record

ROME, Italy (Oct. 27, 2016) — The French aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday, October 26, it had found a pile of 25 migrants who died in apocalyptic conditions, perishing in a pool of fuel and seawater aboard a crowded dinghy off Libya.  Continue reading 25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

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‘The convoy was travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed assistance when it was ambushed,’ UNICEF says

LAGOS, Nigeria (July 30, 2016) — A United Nations humanitarian convoy was ambushed by Boko Haram jihadists Thursday, July 28, in Nigeria’s restive northeast, leaving several people wounded, the UN children’s agency and the Nigerian army said.  Continue reading UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

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MOVING OUT. A refugee family sits in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality centers, during a police operation in a camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece on May 24, 2016. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Thousands of refugees and migrants are being moved to reception centers around the country

IDOMENI, Greece (May 24, 2016) — Hundreds of Greek police on Tuesday, May 24, began clearing the overcrowded Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonia border where thousands have been living in squalid conditions for more than 3 months. Continue reading Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

Refugees at Greek border ahead of EU-Turkey migration summit

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AT THE BORDER. A woman peers out from her tent staged on the railway tracks at the overcrowded makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 5, 2016, where thousands of refugees and migrants wait to cross the border into Macedonia. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
‘Hope is all we have left. It will be disastrous if no solution is found,’ says one refugee

IDOMENI, Greece (Mar. 5, 2016) — Some 13,000 refugees are crammed in unhygienic conditions on Greece’s border with Macedonia, officials said on Saturday, March 5, with all eyes on a key Continue reading Refugees at Greek border ahead of EU-Turkey migration summit

Syria ceasefire brings respite to overworked medics

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BREATHER. Syrian emergency personnel rest at their center on February 29, 2016 in the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of Syria’s second city Aleppo on the second day of a landmark truce across parts of the country. Karam al-Masri/AFP
When a ceasefire came into effect across large parts of Syria early on Saturday, February 27, many doctors and emergency workers breathed a sigh of relief

ALEPPO, Syria (Feb. 29, 2016) — In Syria’s second city Aleppo, rescue workers have been taking advantage of the quiet to play football outside. For the first time in years, they have no one to save.

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Fighting At UN Compound Sheltering Refugees In South Sudan Leaves 18 Dead

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Gunmen opened fire on the UN base in Malakai where civilians had been sheltering. JUSTIN LYNCH VIA GETTY IMAGES
Two workers from Doctors Without Borders are among the dead.

JUBA (Feb. 20, 2016) — Fighting at a United Nations compound sheltering people fleeing conflict in South Sudan has killed 18 people, including two Medicins Sans Frontieres workers, the international medical aid group said.

Continue reading Fighting At UN Compound Sheltering Refugees In South Sudan Leaves 18 Dead

Migrants And Refugees Stuck In Greece Face Uncertain Future

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Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have made harrowing journeys to Europe, but Macedonia closed its border to asylum-seekers not from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. BORIS GRDANOSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Those who aren’t from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq are no longer allowed through to Macedonia.

ATHENS (Feb. 20, 2016) — Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries have arrived on the shores of Greece’s picturesque islands in the past year. They Continue reading Migrants And Refugees Stuck In Greece Face Uncertain Future