Reuters: MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn “Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air…” (Kelland, 7/22).
Reuters: U.N. aid agencies step up emergency aid to Gaza “The United Nations said on Friday it was stepping up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel’s military offensive has made water shortages worse and stoked fears of more sewage contamination and water-borne diseases…” (Nebehay, 7/18).
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child marriage on the rise among Syrian refugees in Jordan — UNICEF “Nearly one in three marriages among Syrian refugees in Jordan involves a child under 18 and the proportion is rising for a second consecutive year, according to a report released on Wednesday…” (Mis, 7/16).
U.N. News Centre: New U.N. survey shows 10 million Yemenis still struggle for food “A new United Nations survey has found that over 10 million Yemenis — more than 40 percent of the population — do not know where their next meal will come from…” (7/15).
News outlets report on the U.N. Security Council’s decision to back aid delivery in all parts of Syria despite objections from the government. New York Times: U.N. Council, in Unanimous Vote, Backs Aid Delivery to Syrians in Rebel Areas “Despite objections by Syria’s government, the United Nations Security Council voted…
News outlets report on the ongoing crisis in Syria, where aid delivery is hampered by fighting. New York Times: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash “The United Nations Security Council was potentially headed for a showdown on Monday over getting food and medicine…
Agence France-Presse: MERS unlikely to spread in Asia: WHO expert “Asian countries should keep their guard against the deadly Middle East respiratory virus, although it is unlikely to spread to the region, a World Health Organization expert said Thursday…” (7/10).
Associated Press: WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread “A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome…” (7/10).
News outlets discuss a new report released on Tuesday by the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) that says more than 145,000 Syrian families are headed by single women. Al Jazeera: Syria’s war widows fight for survival “…A report released by the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday, says that one in…
Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).