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Scientists To Resume MERS Research Previously Halted By NIH

NPR: NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned “Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October…” (Greenfieldboyce, 12/18).

U.N. Needs $8.4B For 2015 Humanitarian Efforts In Syria

UNHCR: U.N. and partners seek $8.4 billion for new Syria program in 2015 “As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting more than U.S.$8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across…

Saudi King Pledges $35M For Ebola Control Efforts, Treatment Centers

Associated Press: Saudi pledges $35 million for fight against Ebola “The Islamic Development Bank says the Saudi king has pledged $35 million to help fight Ebola in hard-hit West African countries. … The bank says the grant will be used to provide … thermal sensors and medical examination equipment designed…

WFP To Resume Food Aid To Syria After Success With Online Fundraising Campaign

New York Times: U.N. Food Agency to Resume Aid to Syrians After Donors Step Up “The United Nations said Tuesday that it would soon resume food aid to Syrian refugees after a successful emergency appeal through social media, which brought an outpouring of financial support from thousands of people and…

U.N. Issues Record $16.4B Aid Appeal To Address Global Crises In 2015

News outlets report on the release of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) 2015 Global Humanitarian Appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict. Associated Press: U.N.: $16.4 billion needed to aid most vulnerable “…More than 40 percent of the appeal — $7.2 billion — would go…

U.S., Britain Must Alleviate Syrian, Other Refugee Crises

The Guardian: Britain and the U.S. must help mend the Syrian refugee crisis they helped create Simon Jenkins, journalist and author “…Some four million people are living in camps reliant on the U.N.’s World Food Programme, not to mention other camps caused by wars in Sudan, Somalia, and the Central…

World Must Do More To Address Hunger

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Fighting Hunger Abroad William Lambers, author “The world needs to pay attention to the cries of hunger coming from Syria … Today, the public is a powerful force in raising money and awareness about the hunger facing Syria’s war victims. … [W]e are…