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Death Toll From SARS-Like Virus Rises To 7

“Another person suffering from a SARS-like virus has died in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said Thursday, bringing the worldwide number of fatalities from the mystery illness to seven,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The Saudi health ministry had informed the U.N.’s health body that the patient had been hospitalized on January 29…

U.S. Announces Non-Lethal Aid To Syrian Opposition, Including Food, Medical Supplies

“The U.S. unveiled a package of non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition, as the U.K. was expected to provide combat gear, in a new Western effort to support the fight against President Bashar al-Assad that Syrian rebels immediately blasted as insufficient,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Solomon/Malas, 2/28). “U.S. Secretary of…

UNICEF Report Warns Syrian Conflict Creating ‘Lost Generation’ Of Children

“The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a ‘lost generation’ of millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report [.pdf] released Tuesday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper, the report states, “In Syria, children have been exposed to grave human rights violations, including killing and…

Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops 1M; U.N. Says More Assistance Needed

“The relentless exodus of Syrians fleeing two years of increasingly violent conflict pushed the number of refugees in neighboring countries past the million mark on Wednesday, the United Nations Refugee Agency said, warning that resources for helping them are dangerously thin,” the New York Times reports (Cumming-Bruce, 3/6). “We are doing everything…

Taliban Alleged To Have Stopped Annual Polio Vaccination Program In Rural Afghanistan

“The Taliban have halted an annual polio vaccination campaign in a remote part of Afghanistan, according to a senior official, raising concerns that opposition to the critical immunization drive could be spilling across from insurgent groups in neighboring Pakistan,” the Guardian reports. Tamim Nuristani, governor of the remote Nuristan province, said…

WHO Reports 9th Death From New SARS-Like Virus

“A Saudi man infected with a deadly new virus from the same family as SARS has died, becoming the ninth patient in the world to be killed by the disease which has so far infected 15, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “The 39-year-old developed symptoms of the novel…

International Community Urged To Disburse Pledged Funds To Help Yemen

“The international community has been urged to follow Saudi Arabia’s example by releasing funds pledged to help Yemen address its growing humanitarian crisis and economic, social and security challenges,” the Guardian reports. “Donors pledged more than $7.5 billion to Yemen last year, with Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion commitment the largest by a distance,” the…

Saudi Arabia, WHO Report 3 Additional MERS Cases

“Saudi Arabia and the [WHO] reported three new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases in that country today, all of them in women, two of whom are health care workers,” CIDRAP News reports. “One of the patients is a 67-year-old Saudi citizen in Riyadh who has various chronic diseases…