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Sick Venezuelans flee to Colombia in mounting refugee crisis

Sick Venezuelans flee to Colombia in mounting refugee crisis

Health
In a cramped hospital near Colombia's border with Venezuela, migrants fill stretchers bearing the wounds of the deteriorating nation they left behind. An 18-year-old woman rubbed her swollen belly after fleeing with her infant daughter when the wounds from her C-section began to ooze pus. A young man whose femur had torn through his skin in a motorcycle crash needed antibiotics for an infection. An elderly retiree with a swollen foot arrived after taking a 20-hour bus ride from Caracas because doctors there told his family the only treatment they could offer was amputation — without anesthesia or antibiotics. "If you want to sign, sign. But we are not responsible for the life of your father," Teresa Tobar, 36, quoted the doctors in Venezuela as telling her when they handed over the papers
Thousands flee as Syria violence intensifies

Thousands flee as Syria violence intensifies

World
The Syrian government's fresh assault on the last rebel stronghold in the country has sparked another mass movement of people, with tens of thousands fleeing the fighting. Turkish troops were spotted early on Tuesday morning moving into positions along the Syrian border as fears mounted about an humanitarian catastrophe.Turkish politicians have been warning about the possibility of a "mass migration" for days as violence intensifies across their southeastern border.Bashar al Assad's fighters have moved into the south of Idlib Province on a ground offensive for the first time in nearly three years, and this - coupled with more airstrikes - has prompted another wave of people to flee further into the overly crowded Idlib City and beyond.Image:Flimsy tents are pitched in soggy mud o...
Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Science
Scientists who fitted heart rate-monitoring tags to Arctic narwhals have discovered a strange paradox in how the animals respond to threats. When these tusked whales are frightened, their hearts slow, but at the same time they swim quickly to escape. Scientists say the response could be "highly costly" - because they exert themselves with a limited blood supply. The findings are published in the journal Science. They raise questions about how the enigmatic "unicorns of the sea" will cope with increasing human intrusion on their Arctic habitat. Historically, narwhals have not come into contact with much human disturbance, because they live mainly hidden among Arctic sea ice. But in recent decades, as the ice has declined, this is changing. "Shipping and exploration for oil and gas is moving...
Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceIraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters.Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance.The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept through the region.Residents of Kurdish-controlled areas, including Kirkuk, overwhelmingly backed secession from Iraq in a 25 September vote.While Kirkuk is outside Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish voters in the city were allowed to take part.Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, had denounced the vote as unconstitutional. But the Kurdistan Regional Governm...
Over 130,000 flee menacing volcano on Bali tourist island

Over 130,000 flee menacing volcano on Bali tourist island

Technology
More than 130,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt. The disaster mitigation agency's command post in Bali said the number of evacuees has swelled to about 134,200 by Thursday evening. That's more than double the estimated population within the immediate danger zone, but people farther from the mountain are leaving too. Those who have fled are scattered in more than 500 locations across the island famed for its beaches, lush green interior and elegant Hindu culture, taking shelter in temporary camps, sports centers and other public buildings. The volcano has been at its highest alert level for a week, sparking the exodus. Thousands of cows were left behind in the rural communities where farming i...