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Pakistan’s vaccination campaign suspended after worker killed

Pakistan’s vaccination campaign suspended after worker killed

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April 27 (UPI) -- The Pakistan government suspended its anti-polio campaign "for an indefinite period" after a vaccination worker and two security personnel were killed. On Friday, the National Emergency Operation Center for polio asked all provinces to suspend the program, which includes vaccinations. "The uncertain and threatening situation for the front-line polio workers has emerged and we need to save the programme from a further major damage," said the letter obtained by The Hindu. Pakistan authorities arrested Naz Gul earlier this month for undermining the vaccination efforts. In a viral video, he encourages children to act sick after taking the vaccine drops. Nasreen Bibi, 35, died after two men unloaded gunfire on a group of vaccinators standing in front of a home in Pakistan ne...
At least 28 killed in Madeira bus crash

At least 28 killed in Madeira bus crash

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April 17 (UPI) -- More than two dozen people in a tour bus crash Wednesday on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The bus crashed in the city of Santa Cruz while carrying a group of tourists, killing at least 28 people and injuring as many as 22, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported. The area was cordoned off and Portugal's National Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic sciences was sending a team from the mainland to assist a large ambulance response to treat the victims. "I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people," Santa Cruz Mayor Filipe Sousa said. German media reported that the majority of the victims on the bus were believed to be German, although no nationalities were immediately confirmed, according to The Telegraph. The bus was tr...
WHO: 121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

WHO: 121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

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April 14 (UPI) -- Since a Libyan military commander launched an assault to take over Tripoli, the capital, 10 days ago, 121 people have died and 561were wounded, the World Health Organization said Sunday. WHO's Libya Twitter account posted an update of "casualties" and said it was "sending medical supplies, health staff support for first- and second-line responders." Eight ambulances have been bombed, including two on Saturday, since the outbreak of violence on April 4 launched by strongman Khalifa Haftar. "The World Health Organization strongly condemns repeated attacks on healthcare workers, vehicles and facilities," WHO tweeted.' More than 13,500 people had been displaced by the clashes, including 4,000 in the past 24 hours, and more than 900 residents are living in shelters, the U.N...
5 killed in protests demanding Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir resign

5 killed in protests demanding Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir resign

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April 8 (UPI) -- At least five people were killed over the weekend as protesters took to the streets of Sudan and held a sit-in outside the headquarters of the Sudanese Armed Forces demanding President Omer Hassan al-Bashir resign, the Central Committee of Sundanese Doctors said. Deadly protests have rocked the African country calling for the end of the Sudanese president's three-decade rule since Dec. 19 when the regime slashed subsidies that saw bread triple in price overnight. But protests escalated Saturday when the opposition Sudanese Professional Association led a sit-in out front of the army's headquarters and declared a general strike. The doctors committee, which is under the professionals association, said at least one protester died in Omdurman city, the Sudan Tribune reported...
Dozens killed and 400 injured in Nepal rainstorm

Dozens killed and 400 injured in Nepal rainstorm

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Dozens of people have been killed in a rainstorm that swept through southern Nepal.The country's prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli said 25 people had died and 400 were injured in the storm on Sunday. On Twitter, he offered condolences to those affected.Among the areas hit were villages in the Bara district, which is about 75 miles south of Nepal's capital Kathmandu.Government administrator Rajesh Poudel said that many of the dead were killed by flying objects, falling trees and huts. Advertisement The number of deaths is expected to rise, he added. Rescue helicopters and crews are waiting for the weather to improve before moving the injured from some of the villages, while police and army rescuers are trying...