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40 Million Children Face Growing Threat of Measles, WHO Warns

More than 40 million children missed getting vaccinated against measles last year, prompting a significant setback in global efforts to eradicate the highly contagious disease worldwide, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint report Wednesday. Vaccination campaigns were disrupted in several countries because of COVID-19 […]

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Witchcraft is powerless against Ebola, Ugandan Health minister warns

KAMPALA— Witchcraft and witch doctors are ineffective against Ebola, the minister of Health of Uganda, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, said.   She added that ignorance and carelessness are responsible for the spread of the disease in this East African country, where 55 people have died since the outbreak of the disease in September.   Fifty […]

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Bacterial Infections ‘Second Leading Cause of Death Worldwide’

Bacterial infections are the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for one in eight of all deaths in 2019, the first global study of their lethality revealed on Tuesday. The massive new study, published in The Lancet journal, looked at deaths from 33 common bacterial pathogens and 11 types of infection across 204 countries and territories. […]

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Deadly floods, landslides in eastern DR Congo

GOMA (DR Congo)— Two days of flooding and landslides in eastern DR Congo have claimed more than 20 lives, officials and police said.   At least 13 people were killed Friday at an illegal gold mine at Rubaya, in the North Kivu province territory of Masisi.   “The victims were ‘diggers’ who were in wells […]

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WFP first aid convoy since Ethiopia peace deal ‘enters Tigray’

ADDIS ABABA— The World Food Programme (WFP) said its first aid convoy since the signing of a landmark peace deal between Ethiopia’s government and Tigrayan rebels had arrived in the war-torn Tigray region on Wednesday.   Restoring aid deliveries to Tigray was a key part of the agreement signed in South Africa on Nov 2 […]

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Activists Continue Fight Against Amazon’s Africa HQ on Historic Cultural Land

Activists fighting construction of the African headquarters of online retail giant Amazon will meet with lawyers Tuesday to plan their next move, after a court lifted an injunction that had temporarily blocked further work on the complex. The activists say the building site in South Africa has historic significance to local tribes. Supporters of the […]