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Jul 9, 2014

IOC says Rio report encouraging but vigilance needed

LAUSANNE Switzerland (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.

Jul 9, 2014

Olympics-IOC has to explain merits of Games better, says Bach

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 9 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must do a better job of explaining the merits of hosting the Games to cities considering an application, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Only three cities – Oslo, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Beijing – were confirmed as official candidates to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Monday. Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv in Ukraine had also submitted bids but later withdrew.

Jul 9, 2014

Olympics-IOC says Rio report encouraging but vigilance needed

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.

Jul 8, 2014

Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa – WHO

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.

Jul 8, 2014

Pharrell leaves Montreux festival fans wanting more

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.”

Jul 3, 2014

Target tuberculosis in rich world as model for poor: WHO

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.

Jul 1, 2014

African refugees face cuts in rations as funding runs low: U.N.

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.

Jun 27, 2014

West African nations should be prepared for Ebola – WHO expert

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.

Jun 26, 2014

U.N. appeals to Iran not to execute woman for crime as a teenager

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.

Jun 24, 2014

Polio spread feared as nearly 500,000 Pakistanis uprooted – UN

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.