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Ebola crisis: Outbreak death toll rises to 4,447 says WHO

The death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak has risen to 4,447, with the large majority of victims in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO assistant director-general Bruce Aylward also said there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week within two months if efforts were not stepped up, But the rate of new infections in some areas has slowed down, he added. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guin ...

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Ebola death toll crosses 4,000 mark

More than 4,000 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in West Africa at the start of the year, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organisation. The WHO said on Friday that as of October 8, 4,033 people have died of Ebola out of a total of 8,399 registered cases in seven countries. The last toll put the figures at 3,865 dead from 8,033 cases. The seven affected count ...

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First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials have announced. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to keep doctors, staff and ...

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UN raises alert over neglected Ebola orphans

The number of orphans who have lost at least one parent to an Ebola virus is expected to double in West Africa, the UN children's fund has said, intensifying a childcare problem as extended family members shun offsprings of Ebola victims. Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 3,000 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, leaving at least 3,700 children in the hands of relatives who are too frightened to t ...

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Stop Blocking Polio Teams, HRW Asks Taliban

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday asked the Taliban to stop preventing mobile polio vaccination teams from operating in southern Helmand province. The militants have prohibited the Public Health Ministry from deploying mobile vaccination teams in the province since February, increasing the vulnerability of children to infection, death or long-term disability. On July 7, the Taliban accused the mobile ...

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Two More Polio Cases In Pakistan Push 2014 Tally To 104

CHARSADDA: Two more polio cases have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, raising the total number of country-wide polio patients to 104 so far in the current year. According to polio monitoring cell, one-year old Salma from Charsadda district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was found to be the patient of the crippling disease. Hafsa, an eight-month infant from Tehsil Bara in Federally Administered ...

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Transasia Airways Plane Crashes On Landing In Taiwan, Killing 40

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off tyhoon-hit Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 40 people, China's Xinhua news agency said. Taiwan media said a domestic flight had crashed, killing or injuring more than 40 people. "It's chaotic on the scene," Jean Shen, director of the civil aviation authorities, told Reuters. "The fire department was putting out the flames. They will give us the numbe ...

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Investigating the Detailed Structure of Large Biomolecules with a Non-Damaging X-Ray Technique

Biological molecules such as proteins can contain hundreds of thousands of atoms, which makes it very difficult to understand their function in detail. Identifying the exact atomic structure of these complex molecules is essential for biological studies and drug discovery, but the high-intensity x-ray beams needed to study them inevitably cause significant radiation damage to the molecules being investigate ...

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MSF Treats War-Wounded In Lashkargah

(MSF) said on Monday its teams had treated 68 people injured during recent clashes in southern Helmand province. The individuals were provided medical care at Boost Hospital from June 21 to July 5. Most of the injured were treated at the Emergency Hospital, which became overwhelmed from June 22 as fighting increased and, for the first time in five years, it was forced to refer war-wounded patients to Boost ...

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Struggling To Keep Afghan Girl Safe After Mullah Is Accused Of Rape

It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an honor killing in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instea ...

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Gaza Under Intense Fire As Death Toll Mounts

At least 34 people have been killed in Gaza after Israeli army bombardment intensifies on the second day of a ground offensive it says is aimed at destroying Hamas' cross-border tunnels. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaza, spoke of of "relentless and constant thuds" of tank fire across the eastern border of Gaza on Saturday, "with only around 10 seconds between each". She said the tanks were ...

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3 Children Killed, 60 Homes Destroyed In Floods

KHOST CITY: Three children died and two others sustained injuries as a result of flash floods that swept through the capital of southeastern Khost province following heavy rains, an official said. The governor’s spokesman, Mubariz Zadran, told Pajhwok Afghan News the floods emerged on Tuesday night in Khost City, destroying more than 60 houses. He said the flooding damaged crops in Ismail Khail and Mohmand ...

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Deadly Attacks And Shelling Hit Iraq

At least 33 people have been killed in a new wave of violence across Iraq, including shelling of a market in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, medical sources said. The worst of Tuesday's bloodshed was concentrated in Fallujah, which has been under the control of anti-government fighters since the beginning of the year. Shelling in the city killed 18 people and wounded 43 others, according to Ahmed Shami, a docto ...

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4 Dead, 10 Hurt As Pakistani Copters Pound Kunar

ASADABAD: Four civilians were killed and ten others were injured after Pakistani gunship helicopters pounded civilian homes in the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province on Saturday, an official said. The attack involving two choppers began around 8am on Saturday and was still ongoing, Governor Shujaul Mulk Jalala told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said the dead and wounded included women and children, saying ...

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The Wrong Afghan Friends

  By ANAND GOPAL At a checkpoint on a dirt road in southeasternAfghanistan in 2012, Rahim Sarobi, a farmer, braked to a stop behind a knot of idling cars. Up ahead, Afghan gunmen were piled into the back of a Toyota Hilux. On the ground, tied to the rear fender by their wrists, lay two bloodied men, laboring to breathe. Everyone was ordered out of their vehicles. The burly checkpoint commander, known simply ...

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5 Afghan footballers, 3 officials injured in Maldives road accident

At least five Afghan football players were injured along with three officials of Afghanistan football federation (AFF) following a road accident in Maldives. The incident took place after the Afghan team left the stadium and their bus collided with other vehicles, officials in Afghanistan football federation (AFF) said. The officials further added that the football players and officials have suffered minor ...

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Chinese, Iranians to Help Retrieve Corpses

Chinese and Iranian experts have promised to help retrieve corpses buried under a deep layer of mud as a result of the May 2 landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a minister said on Saturday. About 2,500 people were buried under the rubble of 300 homes after the tragedy hit Argo district. But the district chief, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and a number of other sources put the d ...

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Obama offers assistance for landslide victims

    US President Barack Obama on Sunday called his Afghan counterpart to express condolences over loss of life in the May 2 landslide in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, the White House said.   “Karzai expressed appreciation for international assistance and described to the president the ongoing Afghan government response, to include visits to the region by Afghan vice-presidents,” th ...

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Ghor floods kill 3, wash away houses

  Triggered by torrential rain, floods killed three people and washed away 150 houses in western Ghor province, an official said on Monday. The overnight flood killed three people in the Tasraqi and Cheri areas of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, and damages crops on hundreds of acres of farmland in Daulaina and Shahrak districts, said Hamidullah Dadfar, the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Aut ...

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Over 240 more election complaints discussed

  KABUL: In the run-up to the final outcome, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday evaluated more than 240 complaints. Representatives of civil society, candidates and media outlets attended the third public hearing into complaints from Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Ghor and Nimroz provinces. Most of the complaints were recorded in Kandahar and Her ...

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