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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.

Jan 7, 2015

Syrians largest refugee group after Palestinians: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrians have overtaken Afghans as the largest refugee population aside from Palestinians, fleeing to more than 100 countries to escape war in their homeland, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

At more than 3 million as of mid-2014, Syrians accounted for nearly one in four of the 13 million refugees worldwide being assisted by the U.N. refugee agency, the highest figure since 1996, it said in a report. Some 5 million Palestinians refugees are cared for by a separate agency, UNRWA.

Dec 26, 2014

Corrected – Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens – U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – (In Dec 23 story, removes reference in paragraph 5 to ambulance after official UN correction)

Hundreds of civilians in Libya have been killed in fighting since late August, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning commanders of armed groups that they could face prosecution for possible war crimes including executions and torture.

Dec 26, 2014

(OFFICIAL)-Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens – UN

GENEVA, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Hundreds of civilians in Libya
have been killed in fighting since late August, the United
Nations said on Tuesday, warning commanders of armed groups that
they could face prosecution for possible war crimes including
executions and torture.

The North African country is struggling with fighting on
several fronts as brigades of former rebels who battled side by
side to oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 now clash for political
power and a share of oil revenues.

Dec 23, 2014

Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Hundreds of civilians in Libya have been killed in fighting since late August, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning commanders of armed groups that they could face prosecution for possible war crimes including executions and torture.

The North African country is struggling with fighting on several fronts as brigades of former rebels who battled side by side to oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 now clash for political power and a share of oil revenues.

Dec 18, 2014

Iraq wins one-year reprieve on Gulf War reparations due to crisis

GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations body agreed on Thursday to let Iraq postpone its final payment of reparations to Kuwait for the 1990-91 Gulf War, in an effort to help ease Baghdad’s cash-strapped budget.

The consensus decision, reached by major powers at the U.N. Compensation Commission (UNCC), means Iraq will have until Jan. 2016 to begin paying its oil-rich neighbour $4.6 billion (2.93 billion pounds) for oil fields destroyed during its invasion and seven-month occupation.

Dec 18, 2014

U.N. defers Iraq’s $4.6 billion Gulf War reparations to Kuwait

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations Gulf War compensation fund agreed on Thursday to defer Iraq’s requirement to deposit five percent of its oil revenues for a year due to its budgetary difficulties, a senior U.N. official said.

Major powers on the fund’s ruling body took the decision by consensus as Iraq’s economy is being battered by both low oil prices and war with Islamic State militants.

Dec 17, 2014

Iraq seeks one-year deferral on Gulf War reparations

GENEVA, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Iraq has requested a one-year
deferral of a $4.6 billion reparations payment for destroying
Kuwait’s oil facilities during its 1990-91 occupation, a U.N.
official said on Wednesday.

The request comes as Iraq’s economy is being battered by
both low oil prices and war with Islamic State militants.