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Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt.
In the Media by AFP

See the video North Korea wants removed from the Internet

Kim Jong-un is shown in this parody of world leaders dancing and goofing off during a digital altered video. While North America and Russia say nothing of their leaders being mocked, North Korea wants the video removed.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 1 comment

GOP candidate wants to drill in already shaky Yellowstone park

Dr. Taylor Haynes is a Republican candidate for the Governor of Wyoming. He is also selling the idea of opening Yellowstone Park for drilling. Recent seismic activity and melting roads raises concerns of a Super Volcano Eruption.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 1 comment

AIDS could be wiped out by 2030: UN

Geneva - Global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, raising hopes of beating the killer disease by 2030, the United Nations said Wednesday.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Heroic pets — Swoosh, therapy dog for children with cancer

Nashville - Part of a new clinical trial in pediatric oncology, a little Pomeranian named Swoosh is being tested along with cancer-stricken children, in order to determine how animals can help in the management of ill patients.
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 2 comments

Google 'Smart Lenses' can detect biometric data from your eyes

Google will be partnering with Swiss drug and medical technology company Novartis to license "smart lens" technology. This technology will theoretically allow doctors and possibly even companies to know about your body through your tears.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

West Africa Ebola toll hits 603

Geneva - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO)) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

World Council of Churches says 'No' to fossil fuel investments

Geneva - The World Council of Churches, representing over half a billion Christians worldwide, announced Thursday their decision to pull all investments from fossil fuel companies. The move is being hailed as a major victory for the earth by climate groups.
In the Media by Karen Graham

WHO urges gay men to consider preventive drugs for HIV

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Friday urged men who have gay sex to consider taking antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP)

New way to protect maize from pathogens

Berna - Many modern crops have lost their ability to produce certain defence chemicals, making them vulnerable to attack by pathogens. Scientists are exploring ways to help protect maize by re-arming it with its ancestral chemical weapons.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

ILO probes Bolivia law allowing children to work from age 10

Geneva - The International Labour Organization said Thursday it was investigating a new law in Bolivia that allows children as young as 10 to work, amid fears it breached global rules.
In the Media by AFP

Syrian stillborn child sparks Swiss border control investigation

An investigation has been launched in Switzerland into the case of a 22-year-old Syrian migrant who gave birth to a stillborn baby after being ignored by Swiss border authorities when she told them she was heavily bleeding and needed medical attention.
In the Media by Madeleine French - 1 comment

Swiss helicopter firm denies involvement in Schumacher theft

Geneva - A Swiss helicopter company on Tuesday denied that any of its staff had been involved in leaking a medical file on injured Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and filed a lawsuit over the theft.
In the Media by AFP

Death toll in W. African Ebola outbreak rises to 518

Geneva - The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Mosquitoes attracted by odor

Mice infected with a malaria-causing parasite emit odors that are more attractive to malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, according to new research.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

World's most dominant athlete thanks chiropractor for 51st ST win

Valerie Kasanita Adams, a shot putter from New Zealand, a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and Commonwealth champion, thanked her chiropractor In a tweet for her 51st straight win.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Rescue drone can plow through forests and wreckage with shield

A new drone uses a cage-like device as a shield to smash through intervening trees and disaster area wreckage in order to rescue victims. This new "dronernaut" (Juggerdrone?) may be our next real-life action hero.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Food rations slashed for 800,000 African refugees: UN

Geneva - Nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed due to a lack of global aid funding, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation, the UN warned on Tuesday.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP)

Op-Ed: War against poverty — $20,000 guaranteed income for Canadians?

Montreal - Poverty is humanity’s worst, most destructive, enemy. It deprives people of life, a future, and happiness. Humanity’s occasional, sometimes accidental victories over poverty are few and far between. Now there’s a new vision, and it’ll work.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 21 comments

Risk of Ebola spread in west Africa, WHO warns

Geneva - The World Health Organization has warned that Ebola could spread beyond hard-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to neighbouring nations, but insisted that travel bans were not the answer.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)
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