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    ...cholera has killed more than 7,050 Haitians and sickened more than 531,000, or 5 percent of the population. Lightning fast and virulent, it spread from here through every Haitian state, erupting into the world’s largest cholera epidemic despite a huge international mobilization still dealing with the effects of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.

    The world rallied to confront cholera, too, but the mission was muddled by the United Nations’ apparent role in igniting the epidemic and its unwillingness to acknowledge it. Epidemiologic and microbiologic evidence strongly suggests that United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal imported cholera to Haiti, contaminated the river tributary next to their base through a faulty sanitation system and caused a second disaster.

    “It was like throwing a lighted match into a gasoline-filled room,” said Dr. Paul S. Keim, a microbial geneticist whose laboratory determined that the Haitian and Nepalese cholera strains were virtually identical.

    And, as the deaths and continuing caseload indicate, the world’s response to this preventable, treatable scourge has proved inadequate. Cholera, never before recorded in Haiti, stayed one step ahead of the authorities as they shifted gears from the earthquake recovery. While eventually effective in reducing the fatality rate, the response was slow to get fully under way, conservative and insufficiently sustained.

    “In the future, historians will look back and say, ‘Wow, that’s unfortunate,’ ” said Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, a nongovernmental organization that provides health care for the poor. “This unfolded right under the noses of all those NGOs. And they will ask, ‘Why didn’t they try harder? Why didn’t they throw the kitchen sink at cholera in Haiti?’ ”
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    A 9-year-old girl in China has given birth to a healthy baby boy.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-baby-boy.html
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    I would be careful trusting daily mail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    I would be careful trusting daily mail...
    Good point. It's been reported all over the place, though, so sadly, this appears to be true.
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    Rocket from Egypt's Sinai hits Israeli city: police
    JERUSALEM | Thu Apr 5, 2012 6:34am EDT

    (Reuters) - A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai desert struck the southern Israeli resort of Eilat on Thursday, police said, fuelling Israeli worries over militant activity in the border area.

    No casualties or damage were reported.

    An Egyptian security source told Reuters in Cairo that Egyptian forces were searching the area along the border but had not found any evidence indicating any rockets had been fired from the Sinai.

    The head of Eilat police, Ron Gertner, told Israeli Army Radio that explosions were heard in Eilat soon after midnight. Police found the remains of one rocket in a construction site, about 400 meters (yards) from a residential area.

    Asked if the rocket was fired from Sinai, Gertner said: "Based on our working assumptions and the range, yes."

    Officials in Israel have been worried that the Sinai has become a base for Islamist militants since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's downfall last year.

    "For a long while now we have been seeing that the Sinai peninsula is turning into a launching ground against the citizens of Israel, for terror," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the attack.

    It was launched a day before the start of the Jewish Passover holiday, which commemorates the exodus of the biblical Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Eilat is expected to be full of vacationers during the week-long holiday.

    The Israel-Egypt border had been relatively quiet since the two countries signed a peace agreement in 1979. But Israel says that since Mubarak was overthrown, Cairo has lost its grip on the Sinai and militants are exploiting the lawlessness.

    Last August, armed infiltrators killed eight Israelis on the Egyptian frontier. Israel's forces, repelling the gunmen, killed five Egyptian border troops. Israel said the attack was orchestrated by Palestinian militants.

    To fend off infiltration, Israel is building a fence along the southern border which it hopes to complete by the end of 2012. When it is finished, the barrier will run most of the 266 km (165 miles) from Eilat on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba up to the already-closed Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean.

    "We are building a very impressive security fence, but it doesn't block rockets. We will also find a solution to the rocket problem. We will hit those who come to hurt us and we will also hit those who send them," Netanyahu said in a speech in central Israel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
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    Between Iran and its threats against the Israelis, and now this, looks like Israel/US relations are going to be a major focus for the 2012 campaign. The Jewish voting block is traditionally a huge source of support for the Democratic candidate, but Bibi does not seem a big fan of Barrack (and vice versa), and it will be interesting to see how (if at all) that fence gets mended.
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    Remembering Rwanda 18 years later through the eyes of a survivor--who today is a source of inspiration and hope.
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    One of those women I met was 23-year-old Didacienne "Dida" Nibagwire. She is a young actress who has been in a number of films and TV shows in Rwanda. Kids go crazy seeing her on the street because they recognize her from a series she did on children's rights. As in the U.S., making a living as an actor is tough, so she does electronics repair and translations on the side. Like many Rwandans, she speaks at least three languages -- Kinyarwanda, English and French.
    Dida is part of the new generation of Rwandans that has hope and the opportunities to pursue their dreams. When I first met her, she smiled easily and exuded a kind of calm that felt maternal. But Dida's path to this point has been difficult, and she was very open about her struggle.
    When Dida was 7, her parents and six of her 10 siblings were killed in the genocide. Her earliest memory is of running -- running with her sister, her mother and many others for reasons she says she didn't understand. Dida says she remembers first her father being shot, then her mother attacked.
    "They put a spear in her back. ... Then they shot my younger sister and cut the leg off one of my other sisters. Then after that, that's when they killed my mom, but she did not die. She was talking to my sister, asking for water, but she could not go out to search for water. Then she died," Dida says.
    Dida and her older sister, Claire, survived after the killers launched a grenade. "She was sleeping in front of me, and her blood was all over over me, and they thought we were both dead. That night she took me to walk," Dida says.
    Days later on the dangerous journey, Dida and Claire were apprehended by a group and thrown into a pit of dead bodies.
    "A certain day many killers came and the leaders took me and my sister and then they opened a big hole and threw us in. I was asking please forgive us." Dida says she asked Claire whether they were actually dead.
    The two survived because a friend of Dida's sister paid someone to pull them out.
    "Someone came and opened up and removed my sister and tried to remove me but because there were many dead they said, 'We leave her here.' "
    Dida's sister saved her life when she offered to take her place. But they could not save everyone. "The sad thing is that they closed the pit, and they left the other man inside, and he was still alive," Dida says.
    This is just a small part of Dida's complicated story.

    More at: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/05/wo...iref=allsearch
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    Weird and tragic story. Haryana is a state in the northern part of India.

    A teacher in Haryana had to pay with his life after he refused to allow a student from cheating during an examination.

    Rakesh, who was teaching Hindi in the Ramjas School in Sonepat since the last four years, was returning home from examination duty when two people in a car stopped him on the way and asked him to allow a student to cheat in the Haryana Open School Examination.

    But when Mr Rakesh refused to do so, the duo rammed their vehicle into him twice.

    The teacher's father and brother were with him at the time of the incident and claim that the attackers had been pressuring him for some time to permit the student to copy during the exams.

    "They are Hari Om and Vikram. The vehicle was being driven by Vikram. They ran into my brother on purpose. They then reversed and once again ran over him. I had run away with my father in the meantime," Mukesh, the victim's brother said.

    While one of the accused is related to the student who wanted to cheat, the other is his friend.

    One arrest has been made so far.
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    BEIJING -- China's ruling Communist Party suspended a high-profile politician from his remaining leadership positions Tuesday and named his wife as a suspect in the murder of a British businessman.

    Announcements carried by state media said Bo Xilai has been suspended from the party's 25-member Politburo on suspicion of involvement in "serious discipline violations."

    Bo's wife Gu Kailai is being investigated for intentional homicide of a British citizen, Neil Heywood, who died in November in Chongqing, the Xinhua News Agency said. Gu and an orderly at Bo's home have been turned over to judicial authorities, it said.

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the reopened investigation.

    "We now look forward to seeing those investigations take place and hearing the outcome of those investigations," Hague said. "I don't want to prejudice their conduct in any way."

    (...)


    Bo's career began publicly unraveling in February after a once trusted aide left Chongqing and fled temporarily to the U.S. consulate in another city, apparently to seek asylum and in violation of party rules. A month later, Bo was dismissed from his Chongqing post without explanation.

    The Xinhua report said that while in the U.S. Consulate, the aide, Wang Lijun, alleged that the British citizen, Neil Heywood, who died last November had been murdered.

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    Reshma Bano wails as she holds the body of her 3-month-old daughter Neha Afreen outside a hospital morgue in Bangalore, India, April 11. Afreen was admitted to the hospital on April 8 after allegedly being battered by her father for being born a girl. Police said the father confessed to the crime and was in custody, according to media reports. (Source: MSNBC The Week in Pictures: April 5-12)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    Reshma Bano wails as she holds the body of her 3-month-old daughter Neha Afreen outside a hospital morgue in Bangalore, India, April 11. Afreen was admitted to the hospital on April 8 after allegedly being battered by her father for being born a girl. Police said the father confessed to the crime and was in custody, according to media reports. (Source: MSNBC The Week in Pictures: April 5-12)
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    A break from the terrible stories usually posted on the news threads. This is truly amazing.

    Little boy lost finds his mother using Google Earth

    Saroo was only five years old when he got lost. He was travelling with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India's trains. "It was late at night. We got off the train, and I was so tired that I just took a seat at a train station, and I ended up falling asleep."

    That fateful nap would determine the rest of his life. "I thought my brother would come back and wake me up but when I awoke he was nowhere to be seen. I saw a train in front of me and thought he must be on that train. So I decided to get on it and hoped that I would meet my brother."

    Saroo did not meet his brother on the train. Instead, he fell asleep and had a shock when he woke up 14 hours later. Though he did not realise it at first, he had arrived in Calcutta, India's third biggest city and notorious for its slums.

    "I was absolutely scared. I didn't know where I was. I just started to look for people and ask them questions."

    Soon he was sleeping rough. "It was a very scary place to be. I don't think any mother or father would like to have their five year old wandering alone in the slums and trains stations of Calcutta."

    The little boy learned to fend for himself. He became a beggar, one of the many children begging on the streets of the city. "I had to be quite careful. You could not trust anyone." Once he was approached by a man who promised him food and shelter and a way back home. But Saroo was suspicious. "Ultimately I think he was going to do something not nice to me, so I ran away."

    But in the end, he did get off the streets. He was taken in by an orphanage, which put him up for adoption. He was adopted by the Brierleys, a couple from Tasmania. "I accepted that I was lost and that I could not find my way back home, so I thought it was great that I was going to Australia."

    Saroo settled down well in his new home. But as he got older the desire to find his birth family became increasingly strong. The problem was that as an illiterate five-year-old he had not known the name of the town he had come from. All he had to go on were his vivid memories. So he began using Google Earth to search for where he might have been born.

    "It was just like being Superman. You are able to go over and take a photo mentally and ask, 'Does this match?' And when you say, 'No', you keep on going and going and going."



    Eventually Saroo hit on a more effective strategy. "I multiplied the time I was on the train, about 14 hours, with the speed of Indian trains and I came up with a rough distance, about 1,200km."

    He drew a circle on a map with its centre in Calcutta, with its radius about the distance he thought he had travelled. Incredibly, he soon discovered what he was looking for: Khandwa. "When I found it, I zoomed down and bang, it just came up. I navigated it all the way from the waterfall where I used to play."

    Soon he made his way to Khandwa, the town he had discovered online. He found his way around the town with his childhood memories. Eventually he found his own home in the neighbourhood of Ganesh Talai. But it was not what he had hoped for. "When I got to the door I saw a lock on it. It look old and battered, as if no-one had lived there for quite a long time."

    Saroo had a photograph of himself as a child and he still remembered the names of his family. A neighbour said that his family had moved.

    "Another person came and then a third person turned up, and that is when I struck gold. He said, 'Just wait here for a second and I shall be back.' And when he did come back after a couple of minutes he said, 'Now I will be taking you to your mother.'"

    "I just felt numb and thought, 'Am I hearing what I think I am hearing?'"

    Saroo was taken to meet his mother who was nearby. At first he did not recognise her.

    "The last time I saw her she was 34 years old and a pretty lady, I had forgotten that age would get the better of her. But the facial structure was still there and I recognised her and I said, 'Yes, you are my mother.'

    "She grabbed my hand and took me to her house. She could not say anything to me. I think she was as numb as I was. She had a bit of trouble grasping that her son, after 25 years, had just reappeared like a ghost."

    Although she had long feared he was dead, a fortune teller had told Saroo's mother that one day she would see her son again. "I think the fortune teller gave her a bit of energy to live on and to wait for that day to come."

    And what of the brother with whom Saroo had originally gone travelling? Unfortunately, the news was not good. "A month after I had disappeared my brother was found in two pieces on a railway track." His mother had never known whether foul play was involved or whether the boy had simply slipped and fallen under a train.

    "We were extremely close and when I walked out of India the tearing thing for me was knowing that my older brother had passed away."

    For years Saroo Brierley went to sleep wishing he could see his mother again and his birth family. Now that he has, he feels incredibly grateful. He has kept in touch with his newly found family.

    "It has taken the weight off my shoulders. I sleep a lot better now."

    And there is something to make him sleep better - with memories of Slumdog Millionaire still fresh, publishers and film producers are getting interested in his incredible story.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17693816

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit View Post
    A break from the terrible stories usually posted on the news threads. This is truly amazing.



    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17693816
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    Wow! How cool is that!?

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