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Jan 22, 2015

Ebola ebbing in West Africa but vigilance needed: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Sierra Leone remains hardest-hit, accounting for 117 of the 145 new confirmed cases, against 184 there the previous week and 248 the week before that, the WHO said in its latest update.

Jan 19, 2015

Iran, powers make “limited” progress at nuclear talks, to meet in Feb

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers will meet again next month to try to narrow differences over Tehran’s nuclear programme after making limited progress on Sunday, as Washington lobbied to stave off fresh sanctions, diplomats said.

All sides agreed to step up efforts to reach a political understanding by the end of March with a view to clinching a full-blown deal by their self-imposed deadline of June 30.

Jan 18, 2015

Iran, world powers make “limited” progress at nuclear talks – diplomat

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers made “limited” progress on Sunday in narrowing differences over its nuclear programme, but agreed to step up efforts as the Obama administration lobbied to stave off fresh sanctions against the Islamic Republic, diplomats said.

The Geneva negotiations, held at the level of political directors, are the culmination of five days of diplomacy in the Swiss city and Paris, including lengthy meetings between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Jan 16, 2015

Health crisis worsens in eastern Ukraine, WHO warns

GENEVA (Reuters) – Health care is collapsing after nine months of conflict in eastern Ukraine, where a lack of medicines and vaccines puts people at growing risk from diseases such as polio, measles and tuberculosis, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Conditions are especially dire in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk where people are trapped with little food. The fighting makes it hard to get to hospitals, which are often cut off from water and electricity.

Jan 15, 2015

North Korea calls U.S.-South Korea exercises “open challenge”

GENEVA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Joint military exercises by South
Korea and the United States this week are “an open challenge” to
North Korea’s demand to ease tension on the divided peninsula, a
Pyongyang envoy said on Thursday.

So Se Pyong, ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations in Geneva, also warned
that a continued stand-off with the United States and South
Korea could lead to confrontation, a “second Korean war”.

Jan 14, 2015

Kerry and Zarif unexpectedly resume nuclear talks in Geneva

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif held intensive talks on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme on Wednesday, returning for an evening session, officials said.

Iran and six world powers have renewed their quest for an elusive nuclear deal — seen as crucial to reducing the risk of a wider Middle East war — after negotiators failed for the second time in November to meet a self-imposed deadline.

Jan 14, 2015

Iran’s Zarif suggests Charlie Hebdo makes dialogue harder

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister said on Wednesday serious dialogue with the West would be easier if it respected Muslim sensitivities, ruffled by the latest Charlie Hebdo cartoons, as he began nuclear talks with the chief U.S. diplomat.

Speaking to reporters before seeing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Mohammad Jawad Zarif said the meeting would help gauge whether both sides were ready to advance toward a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jan 8, 2015

Pivotal Ebola vaccine trials to start this month or next -WHO

GENEVA, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Final-stage trials of experimental
Ebola vaccines will begin in January or February in the
worst-hit West African countries as scientists and drugmakers
race to block the deadly disease, the World Health Organization
said on Thursday.

If effective, the shots will be available for deployment a
few months later.

Nearly 90 experts from vaccine manufacturers, regulatory
agencies and health ministries met at WHO headquarters to review
data from initial safety trials and finalise plans for pivotal
Phase III clinical trials in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Jan 7, 2015

Signs Ebola may be levelling off in Sierra Leone – WHO

GENEVA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – Sierra Leone, the country worst affected by Ebola, reported nearly 250 new confirmed cases in the past week but the spread of the virus there may be slowing, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

The epidemic has taken 8,235 lives out of 20,747 known cases worldwide over the past year, it said. Overall, 838 health workers have been infected, killing 495 of them.

Jan 7, 2015

Signs that Ebola ‘may be leveling off’ in Sierra Leone: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – Sierra Leone, the country worst affected by Ebola, reported nearly 250 new confirmed cases in the past week but the spread of the virus there may be slowing, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

The epidemic has taken 8,235 lives out of 20,747 known cases worldwide over the past year, it said.