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At least 14 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

At least 14 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

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Turkish officials say at least 14 people have been killed in an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 that shook the country's east, injuring more than 300 and leaving several trapped in toppled buildingsBy SUZAN FRAZER Associated PressJanuary 24, 2020, 9:57 PM3 min readANKARA, Turkey -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday killing at least 14 people, injuring more than 300 and leaving several trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said. Rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help. TV footage showed rescuers pull out one injured person from the rubble of a collapsed building in the eastern Elazig province. Tu...
UN says armed attacks in eastern Congo kill Ebola responders

UN says armed attacks in eastern Congo kill Ebola responders

Health
Rebels killed four Ebola response workers in an overnight ambush in eastern Congo, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that the attack will give the waning outbreak new momentum in what has been called a war zone. “We are heartbroken that our worst fears have been realized,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. It was by far the deadliest such attack in the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, the United Nations health agency said. The dead included a member of a vaccination team, two drivers and a police officer. Many of the six others wounded were with Congo’s health ministry. Mai-Mai fighters attacked a camp housing scores of aid workers overnight in Biakato, local official Salambongo Selemani told The Associated Press. Warnings had been posted demanding that
U.S. health officials warn of eastern equine encephalitis outbreak

U.S. health officials warn of eastern equine encephalitis outbreak

Health
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An old disease transmitted by mosquitoes called eastern equine encephalitis has reared its head in eight U.S. states so far in 2019, but health officials emphasize there's no need to bug out. In a commentary published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases noted that, as of Nov 12, there have been 36 confirmed cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, this year. In all, 14 of these cases were fatal. "Although EEE isn't a major threat at this time, the public needs to be aware that it's out there," NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, told UPI. To date, cases of EEE have been confirmed in Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Tenness...
2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

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Voting in Australia's closely-fought general election has closed in the country's eastern states, where counting is now under way.Early exit polls suggest a victory for the opposition Labor party, although polling in Western Australia continues until 1800 local (1000 GMT).A win for Labor would make its leader Bill Shorten the next PM, succeeding centre-right Liberal Scott Morrison.Australia has mandatory voting and a record 16.4 million enrolled voters.Live updates: Australia heads to the pollsBoth leaders were out early at polling booths on Saturday, in a last-ditch pitch for votes.Shortly after polls in the east shut, a Nine-Galaxy poll showed Labor beating the incumbent Liberal coalition 52-48, with a parliamentary majority. T...