GENEVA (Reuters) – The new United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday at his first media briefing in the job that he wanted to visit Tibet and was talking to Chinese authorities about a trip there.
More than 120 Tibetans, including many monks, have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest against Beijing’s rule, which activists say tramples on religious freedom and culture.
DAKAR/GENEVA (Reuters) – In the first days of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as aid workers and health authorities battled to contain the deadly virus, Mariano Lugli asked himself a simple question: where was the World Health Organization?
Lugli, an Italian nurse, was among the first responders from medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to reach the remote forests of Guinea in March where the hemorrhagic fever – one of the most lethal diseases known to man – was detected.
Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used child soldiers in what may amount to systematic war crimes that demand prosecution, the United Nations said on Thursday.
GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea is ready to resume six-party talks on its nuclear program but must maintain its readiness in the face of joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, a senior envoy in Geneva said on Thursday.
So Se Pyong, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told Reuters that his country was not planning a nuclear or missile test.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Both GlaxoSmithKline and NewLink Genetics are working to boost their capacity to make Ebola vaccines, with a goal of a “very significant increase in scale during the first half of 2015″, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
Even under the best conditions, if the experimental vaccines are proven to be safe and confer protection in clinical trials, a significant number of doses will not be available until late in the first quarter of 2015, the WHO said.
GENEVA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Both GlaxoSmithKline and
NewLink Genetics are working to boost their capacity to
make Ebola vaccines, with a goal of a “very significant increase
in scale during the first half of 2015″, the World Health
Organization said on Wednesday.
Even under the best conditions, if the experimental vaccines
are proven to be safe and confer protection in clinical trials,
a significant number of doses will not be available until late
in the first quarter of 2015, the WHO said.
DAKAR/GENEVA (Reuters) – Two days after his mother died of Ebola at a clinic in the Liberian capital Monrovia last month, four-year-old John was put into foster care so he could be monitored for the disease.
John’s new guardian, an Ebola survivor, was immune to the deadly virus and happy to look after him. But when neighbors heard of the plan, they refused to allow them home fearing the boy might infect them too.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A record 4,077 migrants have died already this year crossing deserts and seas worldwide, three-quarters of them in perilous journeys across the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, an aid agency said on Monday.
They include an estimated 500 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East feared drowned in a shipwreck off Malta in mid-September after smugglers deliberately rammed their boat, the International Organization for Migration said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday that U.S.-led air strikes on Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria had worsened a dire humanitarian crisis on the ground.
All warring parties in the widening conflicts in the two countries should spare civilians and allow delivery of aid, the Geneva-based ICRC said in a statement.
GENEVA, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation
(WHO) said on Friday it expected to begin small-scale use of two
experimental Ebola vaccines in West Africa early next year and
in the meantime, transfusions of survivors’ blood may offer the
best hope of treatment.
WHO is working with pharmaceutical companies and regulators
to accelerate the use of a range of potential treatments to
fight the disease that has no cure and which has killed 2,917
out of 6,263 people infected in West Africa since an outbreak
began in March, a senior WHO official said.