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01:35, 23 November 2014 Sunday
Health & Environment

13:16, 21 November 2014 Friday
Saudi Arabia tackles MERS virus still hunting source

The World Health Organization and leading global health specialists have criticised Saudi Arabia for failing to properly investigate the causes of MERS.

11:58, 21 November 2014 Friday
Liberia's Ebola orphans fight for survival

UNICEF predicts that the number of children orphaned by Ebola – which currently stands at nearly 200 – will reach as many as 2,000

16:41, 20 November 2014 Thursday
Canada is test case of UN law on oil drilling

UN Article 82 could mean millions in additional costs for drilling companies.

09:15, 20 November 2014 Thursday
Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises

The figures, through Nov. 16, represent a jump of 243 deaths and 732 cases since those issued last Friday, and cases continue to be under-reported, the WHO said in its latest update.

17:24, 19 November 2014 Wednesday
Ethiopia to vaccinate over 13mn children against polio

The infectious disease causes total paralysis in a matter of hours. It affects mainly children under five years of age.

12:09, 19 November 2014 Wednesday
Egyptian woman dies of bird flu second death in two

The 30-year-old woman was from the province of Minya, south of Cairo. She died in a hospital in the southern city of Assiut

09:04, 19 November 2014 Wednesday
UN says fast-track plan can end global AIDS threat by

UNAIDS estimated that by June 2014 some 13.6 million people globally had access to antiretroviral medicines - a dramatic improvement on the 5 million who were getting treatment in 2010.

16:11, 18 November 2014 Tuesday
Bird flu spread likely human cases unlikely but possible -WHO

The H5N8 form of the virus has hit a Dutch chicken farm and a German turkey farm and is suspected - but not yet confirmed - as the strain that infected ducks on a British farm.

11:34, 18 November 2014 Tuesday
Drowning is one of the biggest child killer WHO

'Hidden childhood killer' drowning is among the ten leading causes of child and youth deaths, according to WHO's first global report on drowning.

11:16, 18 November 2014 Tuesday
Virus implicated in massive die-off of North American starfish

More than 20 species of starfish, also called sea stars, from southern Alaska to Baja California are dying from a wasting disease

10:53, 18 November 2014 Tuesday
Japan plans new Antarctic whale hunt

Japan has long maintained that most whale species are not endangered and that eating whale is a cherished part of its food culture

17:59, 17 November 2014 Monday
Egypt confirms 2nd bird flu death in 2014

The new fatality brings to two the confirmed number of bird flu deaths so far this year

12:57, 17 November 2014 Monday
Last-line drug resistance poses quot alarming quot European health threat

Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive and develop new ways of beating the drugs.

11:54, 17 November 2014 Monday
Liberians support house-to-house Ebola searches

The country has seen a reduction in the number of new Ebola cases since the beginning of October

11:29, 16 November 2014 Sunday
MSF should have called for Ebola vaccine earlier says veteran

MSF, known also as Doctors Without Borders, is the only organisation to have worked extensively with Ebola in the last 20 years

12:50, 15 November 2014 Saturday
G20 statement on Ebola stops short of financial commitments

The World Bank, which has suggested the cost of the outbreak could rise as high as $30 billion, has proposed setting up a global pandemic emergency facility.

11:58, 15 November 2014 Saturday
Climate change infiltrates G20 summit in Australia

While Australia did not include climate change into the G20 summit agenda, U.S. President Barack Obama makes a point of addressing the issue

10:59, 15 November 2014 Saturday
Rat poison chemical found in pills linked to India sterilisation

Authorities tested the tablets after being informed that zinc phosphide was found at the nearby factory of Mahawar Pharmaceuticals, the firm at the centre of investigations

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