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Sep 17, 2014

Funding woes force U.N. to slash rations for Syrians: official

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations will have to slash food rations to four million Syrians by 40 percent in October due to a shortage of funds, despite better access to areas in need, a senior U.N. aid official said on Wednesday.

John Ging, director of operations at the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said in an interview that the “break in the pipeline” means greater hunger as a fourth winter of the Syrian civil war sets in.

Sep 16, 2014

U.N. experts caution powers they must heed ‘laws of war’ in fighting IS

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations war crimes investigators for Syria cautioned world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that the ‘laws of war’ would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilian populations.

They said ISIS, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria, had committed massacres of religious and ethnic groups and abused women. The government of President Bashar al-Assad, however, remained responsible for the majority of civilian casualties.

Sep 15, 2014

As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.

In the worst incident, as many as 500 migrants are believed to have died after traffickers rammed their ship off Malta’s coast last week, an event that only came to light this weekend in testimony from two of nine survivors.

Sep 9, 2014

Motor racing: Former F1 champion Schumacher leaves hospital for home

GENEVA (Reuters) – Michael Schumacher has left hospital to continue his recovery at home but the former Formula One champion faces “a long and difficult road ahead” after his skiing accident last year, a statement said on Tuesday.

“Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months,” said the brief statement issued by manager Sabine Kehm.

Sep 9, 2014

Former F1 champion Schumacher leaves hospital for home

GENEVA (Reuters) – Michael Schumacher has left hospital to continue his recovery at home but the former Formula One champion faces “a long and difficult road ahead” after his skiing accident last year, a statement said on Tuesday.

“Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months,” said the brief statement issued by manager Sabine Kehm.

Sep 8, 2014

Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon-WHO

GENEVA/FREETOWN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Liberia, the country
worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, should see thousands
of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially,
the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.

The epidemic, the worst since the disease was discovered in
1976, has killed some 2,100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone,
Liberia and Nigeria and has also spread to Senegal.

Sep 8, 2014

New U.N. rights boss urges world to protect women in Iraq, Syria

GENEVA (Reuters) – The new U.N. human rights chief called on Monday for the world to protect women and minorities targeted by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria which he said were “increasingly conjoined conflicts”.

Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, Jordan’s former U.N. ambassador, in a hard-hitting maiden speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, said any country run by Islamic State “would be a harsh, mean-spirited, house of blood”.

Sep 5, 2014

WHO urges use of survivors’ serum against Ebola, backs vaccine trials

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday blood-derived products and serum from survivors may be used to treat Ebola virus immediately and two vaccines could be available for health workers by year-end.

Existing supplies of all experimental medicines are limited and will not be sufficient for months to come, while the outlook for vaccine supplies looks “slightly better”, the WHO said in a statement after two-day talks attended by nearly 200 experts.

Sep 5, 2014

World Health Organization urges use of blood-derived drugs against Ebola, backs vaccine trials

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday experts had agreed that blood-derived drug therapies and serum from survivors may be used for treatment of Ebola virus, and called for investment in the experimental drugs.

“There is a real opportunity that blood-derived products can be used now. This can be very effective in terms of treating patients,” WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny told a news conference.

Sep 5, 2014

WHO urges use of blood-derived drugs against Ebola, backs vaccine trials

GENEVA, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation
(WHO) said on Friday experts had agreed that blood-derived drug
therapies and serum from survivors may be used for treatment of
Ebola virus, and called for investment in the experimental
drugs.

“There is a real opportunity that blood-derived products can
be used now. This can be very effective in terms of treating
patients,” WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny told
a news conference.