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Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

Japan: Torrential rains unleash deadly landslide killing a dozen people in Hiroshima

Palestine: Three Palestinians killed, incl 3 year-old child, in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City

Palestine: Dozens Palestinians abducted by Israeli forces in West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army demolishes cave housing family near Bethlehem

Palestine: Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank, Israeli settlers attack cars

Palestine: Israel bombs Gaza, withdraws negotiators from Cairo

Pakistan: 18 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

Palestine: Palestinian female detainee denied family visits since her arrest in 2012

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army detonates two homes in Hebron, seals one with concrete blocs

Palestine: Six Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

Palestine: Body recovered in Shujaiyya a month after ‘massacre’ by Israel

Palestine: Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2016

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine: Palestinian arrested filming Israeli settlers throwing stones in W Bank

Israel: 5 of 64 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza invasion were killed by ‘Friendly Fire’

Ebola threatens to leave 1 million without food
16th Aug 2014

Ebola threatens to leave 1 million without food

      Ebola threatens to leave 1 million in need of food in west African countries hit by the deadly virus. New fears have arisen after Doctors Without Borders warned the outbreak could last another six months. Ebola, which … Continued

UN: Magnitude of Ebola virus death toll “vastly underestimated”
15th Aug 2014

UN: Magnitude of Ebola virus death toll “vastly underestimated”

  According to the World Health Organization, evidence suggests the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is vastly underestimated. The UN agency said it was prepared for the crisis to continue for months. The numbers of reported … Continued

Nigeria: Ebola epidemic prompts Nigeria to declare state of emergency
9th Aug 2014

Nigeria: Ebola epidemic prompts Nigeria to declare state of emergency

  Nigeria has declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of the Ebola virus. Hundreds have died since the outbreak started in Guinea in February. Nigeria’s president declared a national emergency on Friday over the deadly Ebola … Continued

WHO warns ebola deaths on the increase
12th Jul 2014

WHO warns ebola deaths on the increase

  The WHO says the ebola virus is continuing to spread in West Africa. In its latest report on the epidemic, the UN agency said there were high numbers of new cases and deaths in the region.   The World … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Data review raises total MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia
4th Jun 2014

Saudi Arabia: Data review raises total MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabian health officials have announced that far more people have died from the MERS virus than previously thought. This came a day after the sacking of the country’s deputy health minister.  A statement issued by the Saudi … Continued

Saudi Arabia: MERS snuffs out six more lives
29th May 2014

Saudi Arabia: MERS snuffs out six more lives

  By Md Rasooldeen Riyadh, (Arab News): The MERS coronavirus has killed a further six people and infected three others, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday. MERS has now killed 186 since September 2012, with most of the deaths … Continued

Sweden: ‘Pfizer didn’t live up to its promises’: Reinfeldt
9th May 2014

Sweden: ‘Pfizer didn’t live up to its promises’: Reinfeldt

  Sweden’s prime minister has said that a Pfizer takeover of AstraZeneca could slash jobs, undermine research, and offer little value for money for Swedish citizens whose taxes have been invested in the life sciences.   “We’ve devoted huge resources … Continued

Saudi Arabia: MERS death toll passes 100 mark
28th Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia: MERS death toll passes 100 mark

    Jeddah, (Arab News): The death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the Kingdom reached 102 on Sunday with 10 new deaths during the past 24 hours as authorities scrambled to reassure an increasingly edgy population. … Continued

Earth-like planet found in ‘habitable zone’
18th Apr 2014

Earth-like planet found in ‘habitable zone’

Astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet in what they say is a “habitable zone.” It resides in a temperate region where water could exist in liquid form, meaning it could sustain life. According to research published in the … Continued

Yemen reports first MERS virus death as Saudi toll up to 68
14th Apr 2014

Yemen reports first MERS virus death as Saudi toll up to 68

Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighboring Saudi Arabia. “Medical personnel have recorded one case of … Continued

27th Feb 2014

More planets discovered outside solar system

    An additional 715 planets outside our solar system have been identified by astronomers using data from the Kepler space telescope. NASA says that boosts the overall tally to nearly 1,700. A few are potentially habitable. The US space … Continued

17th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia: 70% of Saudis are obese, says study

  By Fouzia Khan Jeddah, (Arab News): Obesity is fast turning out to be a major cause of concern for the Kingdom with seven out of 10 Saudis suffering from obesity, and 37 percent of Saudi women facing problems related … Continued

30th Jan 2014

Scientists in US and Japan achieve possible breakthrough on stem cells

  A lab treatment can turna mouse’s ordinary cells into stem cells, a surprising study has found. The research hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.   Scientists reported … Continued

15th Dec 2013

China’s “Jade Rabbit” separates from lander

  China’s first lunar rover separates from Chang’e-3 moon lander early Dec. 15, 2013. Picture was taken from the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Li   BEIJING, (Xinhua): China’s first moon rover, Yutu, … Continued

12th Dec 2013

UK: G8 summit sets ‘ambitious’ 2025 target for dementia cure

  Britain has hosted a special G8 meeting campaigning for a united effort to combat dementia comparable to the global approach to AIDS. Prime Minister David Cameron set a goal of 2025 for a cure.  On Wednesday, the World Health … Continued

2nd Dec 2013

China launches probe and rover to moon

[The Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 2 (Xinhua/Li Gang)]   XICHANG, Sichuan, (Xinhua): China launched the Chang’e-3 lunar probe with … Continued

29th Nov 2013

Comet ISON feared lost after ‘grazing’ the sun

  Comet ISON is feared dead after its solar fly-by, but astronomers have sighted “something” re-emerging after its slingshot flight behind the sun. Eyes remain peeled and fingers crossed, possibly in forlorn hope.  At roughly 4.5 billion years of age, … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Russian cosmonauts take Olympic torch on spacewalk for first time

[Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov with Olympic torch on a spacewalk] MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Two Russian cosmonauts took an Olympic torch on a spacewalk Saturday for the first time in history as part of the Sochi 2014 torch relay. The torch, unlit … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Astronomers find first asteroid with six comet-like tails

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): U.S. and German astronomers said Thursday they have found for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust in solar system’s asteroid belt. Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of … Continued

11th Oct 2013

UK: Researchers halt brain cell death in mice, hope for Alzheimer’s

A team of researchers in the UK have published findings that offer hope for future progress against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. They managed to stop the death of brain cells in infected mice. Scientists offered cautious optimism on Thursday that … Continued

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