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Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people

Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people

Health
Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. As Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force. Measles cases are rising in the United States and other parts of the world, in part the result of misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine. New York City is now trying to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood. In Madagascar, many parents would like to protect their children but face immense challenges including the lack of resources. Just 58% percent ...
Suicide bombing at open-air market in Pakistan kills 20

Suicide bombing at open-air market in Pakistan kills 20

World
A suicide bomber targeted an open-air market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others, police and hospital officials said. Shortly after the bombing, struck near a Shiite residential area, dozens of angry Shiite youths rallied in Quetta, demanding more security from the authorities and the arrest of those behind the attacks. They also denounced the violence by Sunni extremists who have killed hundreds in similar attacks over the past years in Baluchistan province, where Quetta is the capital. "It seems people from the (Shiite) Hazara community were the target," said senior police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema, adding that some of the victims were in critical condition. Mir Ziaullah Langau, the provincial home minister, sa...
Woman arrested as fire in Paris kills eight people

Woman arrested as fire in Paris kills eight people

World
A woman has been arrested after at least eight people were killed in a fire which broke out in a wealthy neighbourhood in Paris.The blaze started in the early hours of Tuesday at an eight-storey building in the French capital's trendy 16th arrondissement. One person has been seriously injured, while 30 others - including six firefighters - have suffered minor injuries. The area is popular with tourists and is home to several upmarket shops and restaurants.A 40-year-old female resident of the block in rue Erlanger was detained and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said she was known to have had mental health issues. Image: The fire broke out in an eight-storey block Firefighters are still searching apartments for other victi...