LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 9 (Reuters) – Brazil has presented an “encouraging report” about preparations for the 2016 Rio Games but vigilance is needed to ensure venues are ready, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.
IOC President Thomas Bach, who was heading to Rio for the World Cup final and talks with officials including President Dilma Rousseff, also said the IOC would review its ticketing procedures in the light of an unfolding FIFA scandal.
GENEVA, July 8 (Reuters) – Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25
deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea
since July 3, as the deadly virus continues to spread in
families, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the United Nations agency said that the
latest figures from health ministries in the three countries
showed a total of 844 cases including 518 deaths in the epidemic
that began in February.
MONTREUX Switzerland (Reuters) – Pharrell Williams gave a slick concert for a pumped-up crowd at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Monday night, but some fans were less than happy when he left the famed stage after just an hour.
The American R&B singer and producer, accompanied by his band, two vocalists and six female dancers, played tracks from his second album “GIRL”, including “Marilyn Monroe” and “Come Get it Bae”, before closing with his global viral hit “Happy.”
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday launched an ambitious plan for rich countries to sharply reduce tuberculosis infections and serve as a model for harder-hit countries of Africa and Asia, where the disease still thrives.
Although the 33 targeted countries, 21 of them in Europe, have relatively low rates of infection, the disease still kills 10,000 people a year there – predominantly homeless people, migrants, prisoners, drug users, heavy drinkers or people with HIV/AIDS – the WHO said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – African refugees who have fled wars or persecution face cuts in their daily rations because of a $225 million shortfall for vital food programs, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Many of the 800,000 refugees are already getting less food than they need because of low funding, insecurity and logistical problems. They are showing show “unacceptable levels of malnutrition”, leading to stunting and anemia in children, the World Food Programme and the U.N. refugee agency said.
GENEVA, June 27 (Reuters) – West African nations
neighbouring those hit by the Ebola epidemic – Mali, Ivory
Coast, Senegal and Guinea Bissau – should prepare for the
possible arrival of travellers carrying the deadly virus, the
World Health Organization said on Friday.
The outbreak persists especially in forested areas of
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and its spread is being fueled
by unsafe burial practices that infect relatives handling
bodies, the U.N. agency said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights chief appealed to Iran on Thursday not to execute a woman convicted of murdering her husband at age 17.
Razieh Ebrahimi, imprisoned in Ahwaz, is among some 160 people thought to be on death row in Iran for crimes committed before they turned 18, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.
GENEVA, June 24 (Reuters) – About 50,000 Pakistanis have
crossed into eastern Afghanistan to escape air strikes over the
past 10 days and 435,000 have fled within their homeland, which
could fuel the spread of polio as many are not vaccinated, U.N.
agencies said on Tuesday.
Pakistan’s military gave residents of North Waziristan until
the end of Monday to leave the remote mountainous region ahead
of a widely anticipated major ground offensive by the army
against Islamist militants.
GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 1,000 people, mainly civilians, have been killed and roughly the same number injured in fighting and other violence in Iraq in June as Sunni militants swept through the north, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Victims include a number of confirmed summary executions committed by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and prisoners killed by retreating Iraqi forces.
GENEVA, June 23 (Reuters) – The polio virus has been found in sewage samples near Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the venues for the current World Cup soccer tournament, but no human case of the disease has been reported so far, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The virus discovered in Sao Paulo sewage collected in March at Viracopos International Airport, and reported by Brazilian health authorities last week, is a close match with a recent strain isolated in a case in Equatorial Guinea, the WHO said.