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Forced sobriety: ISIS harms Baghdad with alcohol price surge
Enjoying a pint of beer or a glass of whiskey now comes at a dear price in Iraq’s capital Baghdad due to the Islamic State offensive. Forced to go around jihadist-occupied areas, importers must bribe Shiite militia, making retail prices unbearable.

21.09.2014 01:35

Over 700 infants potentially exposed to TB at Texas hospital
At least 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis in the nursery area of a Texas hospital. The babies were put at risk of catching the contagious disease by a member of staff who was infected, health officials said.

20.09.2014 18:39

500,000 people ill with mosquito-borne virus in Dominican Republic
The mosquito virus chikungunya has left almost 500,000 people ill, and 109 of them are newborn babies, according to an official in the Dominican Republic hit by the disease.

20.09.2014 14:51

Emergency lockdown in Sierra Leone: 6mn confined to homes in bid to contain Ebola
All Sierra Leone’s six-million population have been confined to their homes. The three-day shutdown is a desperate bid to fight the outbreak, as US health officials warn the disease could spread to over half a million people.

20.09.2014 09:24

Ebola worst-case scenario: Over half a million people infected
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing a worst-case-scenario report on the West African Ebola outbreak. The disease could spread to over half a million people if no additional action is taken to contain it, early estimates predict.

19.09.2014 20:55

California hit with first 2014 wave of enterovirus D68
The most populated US state confirmed its first batch of cases of the disease that has been spreading across the country, causing severe respiratory problems in infants and young children, according to the state’s chief health official.

19.09.2014 10:03

​Global population may reach 11 billion by 2100
The world’s population may reach 11 billion by 2100 - 2 billion more than previously anticipated - largely due to high birth rates on the African continent, according to a UN-led study. Can natural resources keep pace?

19.09.2014 09:41

Throats slit: Ebola health team, journalists brutally killed in Guinea
The bodies of eight people – including three journalists – were found in Guinea after an Ebola health team came under attack two days ago, officials said. Meanwhile, the UN plans to deploy a special mission to fight the virus in the worst-hit countries.

19.09.2014 03:12

Happiest country in the world? Global index may surprise you
When you think of how happy people in a whole country are, what do you take into account? True, country well-being and perception of own happiness depend greatly on the economic situation. But it’s Panama that tops Gallup’s Global Well-being Index.

18.09.2014 08:31

Ebola epidemic spawns black market in survivors’ blood
As the deadly Ebola virus continues to ravage a wide swath of Western Africa, some of the infected are turning to an illicit trade in survivors’ blood, despite warnings from the World Health Organization.

18.09.2014 07:10

Texas executes second woman this year
The State of Texas executed its second female convict for the year on Wednesday after the Supreme Court declined to grant a last-minute request to halt the procedure.

18.09.2014 04:58

15 Syrian children dead following UN measles vaccination campaign
The UN has halted a measles vaccination campaign in northern Syria after at least 15 children died after receiving shots, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed in a joint statement.

18.09.2014 00:02

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