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Oct 2, 2014

Exclusive: North Korea envoy says door is open on nuclear issues, rights, abductees

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.

Oct 1, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline, NewLink working to bring Ebola vaccines online: WHO

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.

Oct 1, 2014

GSK, NewLink working to bring Ebola vaccines online – WHO

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.

Sep 30, 2014

Thousands of children orphaned, rejected as Ebola wrecks families

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.

Sep 29, 2014

Record number of migrant deaths at sea, in deserts this year: IOM

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.

Sep 26, 2014

U.S.-led strikes in Iraq, Syria compound humanitarian plight: ICRC

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.

Sep 26, 2014

WHO sees small-scale use of experimental Ebola vaccines in January

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.

Sep 26, 2014

Syrian, Iraqi and other asylum seekers on rise in West: UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) – Wars in Syria and Iraq, and instability in other hotspots are driving ever more people to seek asylum in wealthy nations, with requests on track to hit a 20-year high in 2014, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.

Some 330,700 people sought refugee status in 44 industrialized countries in the first half of the year, an almost 24 per cent rise on the same period in 2013, it said.

Sep 23, 2014

Red Cross says U.S. coalition must uphold rules of war in Syria strikes

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States and its allies must comply with the rules of war in carrying out air strikes on Islamist targets in Iraq and Syria, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.

The humanitarian agency is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions that lay down the rules of war, primarily aimed at protecting civilians caught up in armed conflicts.

Sep 23, 2014

Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help against Ebola: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of foreign health care workers despite repeated pleas for help, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.

Efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, now six months old, have been too slow to stop the disease infecting more people than ever before and spreading from its origins in Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal, killing over 2,800.