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Guinea families transport bodies on public buses

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating t…

  • 'My parents tried to marry me off … Reuters - 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    By Emma Batha CASABLANCA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At the age of 14 Usha Choudary was betrothed to a man she had never met. Choudary wanted to stay at school and break the cycle of child marriage and domestic abuse that blights millions of women's lives in India, and which nearly destroyed her own mother, who was married at 14. After years of violent arguments, Choudary finally managed to persuade her parents not to marry her off. More »

  • 300-400 new cholera cases per day among …
    300-400 new cholera cases per day among … AFP - 3 hours ago

    Some 3,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Tanzania, mainly among Burundian refugees fleeing political violence, the UN said Friday, adding that up to 400 new cases were being counted daily. More »

  • India's street dentists filling …
    India's street dentists filling … AFP - 6 hours ago

    Ignoring noisy buses and curious onlookers, street dentist Allah Baksh plunges his hands into a patient's mouth to fit a sparkling set of dentures for $12 in the Indian city of Bangalore. More »

  • 53 people in 9 states sickened after … Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna has sickened 53 people in nine states, health officials said Thursday. More »

  • Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio …
    Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio … Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria. More »

  • Countries vow to all but eradicate malaria …
    Countries vow to all but eradicate malaria … AFP - 17 hours ago

    Countries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. More »

  • Brain implant senses 'intent' …
    Brain implant senses 'intent' … AFP - 17 hours ago

    A new kind of brain implant senses a patient's intent to move a robotic arm, offering new promise to people who are paralyzed or have lost limbs, researchers said Thursday. More »

  • Sweden to give single women access to …
    Sweden to give single women access to … AFP - 17 hours ago

    Sweden said Thursday it wants to give single women access to assisted reproductive technologies, following in the footsteps of several other Western nations. More »

  • Study: Severe vision loss is most common … Associated Press - 19 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South. More »

  • Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs allow … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than a decade after becoming paralyzed from the neck down, Erik Sorto has been unable to perform even the simplest of daily tasks. "That was the ultimate goal: to drink a beer by myself," said Sorto, a 34-year-old from Los Angeles who became a quadriplegic after a 2002 gunshot wound. Things may be looking up for Sorto and others with similar disabilities. More »

  • Red Nose Day comes to America, aiding …
    Red Nose Day comes to America, aiding … AFP - 20 hours ago

    Red, clown-style noses sprouted like mushrooms on faces across America Thursday in a fundraiser to help needy children. More »

  • Cholera outbreak kills 27 Burundi refugees …
    Cholera outbreak kills 27 Burundi refugees … AFP - Thu, May 21, 2015

    At least 27 Burundian refugees fleeing weeks of political violence have died of cholera in Tanzania, the United Nations said Thursday, warning more could die without urgent action. More »

  • Some 30 nations have dangerously weak …
    Some 30 nations have dangerously weak … AFP - Thu, May 21, 2015

    About 30 countries have health systems that are as dangerously weak as the ones that allowed Ebola to ravage Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization warned Thursday. More »

  • Tanzanian leader says aid conditions …
    Tanzanian leader says aid conditions … Reuters - Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said on Thursday that Western donors are setting degrading conditions for aid to the east African nation and he could be forced in time to tell them: "keep your aid". Tanzania, one of Africa's biggest per capita aid recipients, has experienced repeated delays in payments due to donor concerns about corruption, poor governance and the slow pace of reforms. "It is unacceptable for our development partners to use their aid stick to pressure us to do certain things or else they will cut aid," Kikwete said in a statement issued by the presidency. More »

  • Malawi sex workers to get damages over …
    Malawi sex workers to get damages over … AFP - Thu, May 21, 2015

    A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official said Thursday citing a judgement. More »