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U.N. Nuclear Agency To Help West Africans Diagnose Ebola With Nuclear Technologies

Reuters: U.N. nuclear agency to help West Africa fight Ebola “The United Nations atomic agency plans to help West African countries fight the Ebola epidemic with nuclear-related technology that can quickly diagnose a disease which has killed more than 4,400 people…” (Dahl, 10/14).

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WHO Approves Measure Urging Nations To Raise Tobacco Taxes

Washington Times: U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session “The U.N.’s World Health Organization on Tuesday approved a measure [urging] countries around the world to sharply raise excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, a key step to what critics warn will be a push for a…

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U.N. Considering New Entity To Tackle Global Nutrition Challenges, Devex Reports

Devex: A new U.N. body to combat global malnutrition? “The United Nations is considering setting up a new body to address global malnutrition as early as next month, Devex has learned. Tentatively called ‘U.N. Nutrition,’ the new entity will be headed by UNICEF and the World Food Programme, according to…

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WFP Cuts Food Rations For Up To 1M Afghans Due To Lack Of Funding

Reuters: U.N. agency to cut food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding “Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Programme to cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan, a WFP official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds…

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Ebola Threatens International Peace, Security, WHO, U.S. Officials Warn

News outlets highlight comments by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and U.S. officials warning the Ebola epidemic threatens international security. Associated Press: WHO: Ebola is modern era’s worst health emergency “The World Health Organization called the Ebola outbreak ‘the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times’ on Monday but…

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Ebola Death Rate Increases To 70% In West Africa; Region Could See 10K Cases Per Week, WHO Says

Associated Press: WHO: 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen “West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent….” (10/14).

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U.N. Officials Discuss Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on U.N. officials’ statements on responses to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Ebola work progressing but key goals may not be met: U.N. envoy “Progress is being made to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the head of the United Nations mission said…

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Obama Reviews Domestic, International Ebola Efforts In Discussions With Administration Officials, World Leaders

News outlets report on a meeting among U.S. President Barack Obama and high-ranking administration officials and his discussions with world leaders regarding the Ebola epidemic in the U.S. and abroad. Associated Press: Obama reviews foreign, domestic response to Ebola “President Barack Obama urged his top national security and public health officials…

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U.N. Committee Meets To Discuss Global Food Security

U.N. News Centre: U.N. calls for increased food security measures to offset threat of ‘shocks’ “With some 805 million people still chronically undernourished in the world, a United Nations committee focusing on food security opened its current session in Rome [yesterday] with the stated goal of adopting a set of…

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U.N. Spotlights Needs, Vulnerabilities Of Older Persons During Disasters

U.N. News Centre: On World Disaster Reduction Day, U.N. spotlights unique needs, vulnerabilities of older persons “Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations is spotlighting the need to address the vulnerabilities facing older persons, who suffer disproportionately high levels of death and injuries in different types of emergencies…

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