• Taylor Swift December 17, 2021 8:34 am

    Taylor Swift Album Party Becomes Superspreader Event After Nearly 100 Test Positive for Covid

    Attendees of the Dec. 10 event in Sydney, Australia, have been told to get tested and isolate as officials say some cases may have been omicron variant.

  • head September 1, 2019 5:37 pm

    Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill at Least 100 in Rebel-Run Prison

    The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen staged multiple airstrikes on a detention center operated by the Houthi rebels in the southwestern province of Dhamar, killing at least 100 people and wounding dozens more Sunday, officials and the rebels’ health ministry said. Franz Rauchenstein, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, suggested that the death toll could be higher...

  • NBC News August 20, 2019 6:59 am

    Death Toll From Tainted Liquor in Costa Rica Rises to 25

    Twenty-five people have died and dozens more have been hospitalized after drinking tainted liquor in Costa Rica, NBC News reported, citing health officials. The announcement Monday came nearly a month after the country’s health ministry first put the alcohol-related death toll at 19 and attributed the deaths to methanol poisoning. Liquor producers sometimes use the potentially toxic liquid to increase...

  • San Jose July 22, 2019 8:59 am

    Contaminated Alcohol in Costa Rica Kills 19; Warning Issued

    Costa Rica issued a nationwide warning after at least 19 deaths were attributed to methanol poisoning from contaminated alcohol consumption.

  • Europe July 3, 2019 6:57 am

    Airstrike Hits Libyan Detention Center, Killing 44 Migrants

    An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 130, the U.N. mission to the war-torn country said. The airstrike raises further concerns about the European Union’s policy of partnering with Libyan militias to prevent migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, which often leaves them at the...

  • Ethiopia June 9, 2019 4:19 pm

    General Strike Launched in Sudan After Security Crackdown

    Shops were closed and streets were empty across Sudan on Sunday, the first day of a general strike called for the start of the workweek by protest leaders demanding the resignation of the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association urged people to stay home to protest the deadly crackdown last week when security forces violently dispersed the group’s main...

  • Health Ministry May 11, 2019 4:49 pm

    Houthi Rebels Begin Withdrawal From Key Ports in Yemen

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saturday began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December cease-fire aimed at alleviating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said the pullout from Hodeida, as well as the two...

  • Israel May 4, 2019 9:27 pm

    Under Heavy Rocket Fire, Israeli Reprisals Kill 6

    Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 250 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of heavy fighting that broke a month-long lull between the enemies. Six Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby, were killed, while four Israelis were wounded, including an elderly man who was in a critical...

  • Health Ministry April 18, 2019 12:13 am

    Ex-Peru President Kills Himself as Police Try to Arrest Him

    Former President Alan Garcia mortally wounded himself with a gunshot to his head Wednesday as officers waited to arrest him in a big graft probe that has put Peru’s most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning over corruption. Authorities broke through a door at Garcia’s mansion in a leafy, upscale neighborhood of the Peruvian capital after hearing gunfire....

  • The Associated Press April 8, 2019 10:57 am

    Vaccines Were Blocked as Yemenis Died in Cholera Outbreak

    In July 2017, a plane chartered by the United Nations idled on the tarmac at an airport in the Horn of Africa as officials waited for clearance to deliver half a million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen. Amid the country’s ruinous war, the disease was spiraling out of control, with thousands of new cases reported each day. The green...

  • head April 8, 2019 4:24 am

    US Pulls Forces From Libya as Fighting Approaches Capital

    The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander’s forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years, helping local forces combat Islamic State...

  • Israel February 26, 2019 11:09 am

    Opioid Crisis Engulfs Blockaded Gaza Strip

    An opioid crisis has quietly spread in the Gaza Strip, trapping thousands in the hell of addiction and adding another layer of misery to the blockaded and impoverished coastal territory. The scourge can be traced to the mass import of cheap opioid-based Tramadol pain pills through smuggling tunnels under Gaza’s border more than a decade ago. A more addictive black-market...

  • Israel October 12, 2018 4:56 pm

    Israeli Gunfire Kills 6 Palestinians at Gaza Protest

    Israeli forces shot dead six Palestinians Friday, four of them in a single incident, in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza’s Health Ministry said. The ministry said four were killed in one location, where the Israeli military said it opened fire on a crowed of Palestinians who...

  • author August 9, 2018 12:18 pm

    Argentine Senate Rejects Legalizing Elective Abortion

    Argentina’s Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope Francis. Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours and voted 38-31 against the measure that would have legalized abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy....

  • Congress June 15, 2018 10:45 am

    Argentine Congress OKs Elective Abortion, Heads to Senate

    The lower house of Argentina’s congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it’s approved. The measure has roused fierce passions in the homeland of Pope Francis, and the vote was tight: 129...

  • Congress June 15, 2018 1:45 pm

    Argentine Congress OKs Elective Abortion, Heads to Senate

    The lower house of Argentina’s congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it’s approved. The measure has roused fierce passions in the homeland of Pope Francis, and the vote was tight: 129...

  • Health Ministry June 6, 2018 8:44 am

    Some Brazil ‘Zika Kids' Try School, Others Fight to Survive

    On Tuesdays, 18-month-old Joaquim Santos spends an hour sitting by himself in a corner of a special needs classroom in this small city in northeast Brazil, one of the country’s poorest regions and one hit hard by the Zika virus. Two harried teachers look on as other toddlers play around Joaquim, who has severe developmental delays after being born with...

  • Israel April 1, 2018 5:30 pm

    Israel Rejects Calls for Inquiry Into Gaza Violence

    Israel’s defense minister on Sunday rejected international calls for an investigation into deadly violence along Gaza’s border with Israel, saying troops acted appropriately and fired only at Palestinian protesters who posed a threat. Fifteen Palestinians were killed and over 700 wounded in Friday’s violence near the Israeli border, according to Palestinian health officials. It was the area’s deadliest violence since...

  • Brazil March 7, 2018 8:33 pm

    Brazil Yellow Fever Outbreak Largest in Decades; 846 Cases

    Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak has now infected more people than the previous one, which had been the largest in decades. The Health Ministry said Wednesday that officials have confirmed 846 cases of the mosquito-borne disease. Of those, 260 have died. In the 2016-2017 outbreak, Latin America’s largest nation saw 777 cases and 261 deaths.

  • Middle East December 4, 2017 6:51 am

    UN Voices Alarm About Spread of HIV in Egypt

    The U.N. is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma and a lack of funding to address the crisis. The virus that causes AIDS, U.N. officials say, is infecting more young...

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