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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
White House anti-assault campaign uses stars, sports to reach campuses
19 Sep 2014 at 10:17am
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, will get some help on Friday from some people who young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes. In its latest effort to help college campuses tackle the issue, the White House is relying on a combination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, social media and star power to spread its message aimed at preventing and coping with such assaults. ...
UN entrepreneur taps African oil for child health
19 Sep 2014 at 9:53am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues toward childhood nutrition, a victory for "innovative financing" to help the world's poorest, the scheme's creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview. The breakthrough may pave the way for similar financing schemes with other oil producers, first in Africa and then further afield, said Douste-Blazy, the U.N. under-secretary general for innovative finance for development. "It's a first. ...
Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown
19 Sep 2014 at 9:49am
Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone launched a nationwide three-day shutdown on Friday to contain the deadly spread of an Ebola epidemic described by the UN Security Council as a threat to world peace.
U.S. nutrition program for mothers, infants sees falling demand
19 Sep 2014 at 9:21am
By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A government nutrition program for pregnant mothers and small children has not kept pace with technology and U.S. poverty experts say its paper voucher system is driving low-income women away from the program when they need it most. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, has seen a sharp drop in participation since 2010, unlike food stamps and other anti-poverty programs that ballooned during the 2007-9 recession and the economic recovery that followed, government figures show. ...
Get Up, Stand Up: Stand Up for Your Life
19 Sep 2014 at 9:14am
Chairs are killing us.Prolonged sitting has been recognized as a major health hazard. A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine takes this connection to another level. Reductions in sitting time appeared to have greater impact than increases in physical activity.The researchers examined the effect of physical activity on telomeres,...
Lizard in food sends 300 school children in India to hospital
19 Sep 2014 at 9:09am
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - About 300 pupils at an Indian school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme. A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food containers provided under India's midday meal scheme at a government school in southern city of Bangalore, a teacher told Reuters. That led to a panic situation as food had already been served to several pupils. ...
Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO
19 Sep 2014 at 9:03am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. Eight bodies were found after an attack on a team visiting remote southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday, showing the dangers faced by health workers fighting the deadly virus that is surrounded by suspicion and stigma. ...
Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries
19 Sep 2014 at 8:55am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defense ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours. Germany's armed forces will send up to 100 soldiers to a joint base in Dakar and from there two German Transall military transport planes will fly supplies to affected countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the spokesman said. "That will enable more than 100 tonnes to be transported per week," he said, adding that France would also provide ...
US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight
19 Sep 2014 at 8:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The top U.S. Army officer says thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims.
Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt
19 Sep 2014 at 8:21am
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the emergency measures, and only vehicles driven by police and health workers took to the normally bustling roads of Freetown. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ...
India caps prices of 36 more drugs to improve access: government official
19 Sep 2014 at 7:00am
By Aditya Kalra and Zeba Siddiqui NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has capped the prices of 36 drugs, including those used to treat infections and diabetes, in its latest move to make essential medicines more affordable, a senior official of the country's drug pricing authority told Reuters on Friday. The medicines join a list of 348 drugs deemed essential and that are therefore subject to price caps, covering up to 30 percent of the total medication sold in a country where less than 20 percent of people are covered by health insurance. ...
Germany raises hurdles for asylum seekers from west Balkans
19 Sep 2014 at 6:45am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will be less likely to grant political asylum to people from the Western Balkans after its upper house of parliament on Friday agreed to upgrade Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia to "safe" countries where basic human rights are guaranteed. Arguing that 99 percent of requests from these countries are already rejected for lack of evidence of the risk of torture or inhumane treatment, Berlin has moved to tackle public concern at a rise in asylum applications which hit a 14-year high in 2013. ...
For followers of Nigeria's 'Prophet', building collapse was 'Satan's work'
19 Sep 2014 at 6:10am
By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - For supporters of "Prophet" TB Joshua, one of Africa's best-known Christian preachers, the death of at least 80 of his congregation under the rubble of a Lagos guesthouse that collapsed a week ago was no construction accident. "The church views this tragedy as part of an attack on The Synagogue Church Of All Nations," said a statement on his official Facebook page on Thursday. "In due course, God will reveal the perpetrators." Most of the deaths were South Africans, and Joshua said he was cooperating with the investigation. ...
Nigeria finmin confident 2014 GDP growth will exceed 6 pct
19 Sep 2014 at 6:06am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Nigeria's finance minister said on Friday she is confident that growth in 2014 will be around the government's latest forecast of 6.5 percent after discounting the economic impact of the insurgency waged by the Islamist group Boko Haram. "We are confident it will be better than 6 percent and about 6.5," Nigeria's finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, told Reuters. The government's latest forecast set in the past few days, puts 2014 growth at 6.5 percent, she said, adding that the forecast already discounted the impact from the Boko Haram insurgency. ...