August 30, 2019

World’s 2nd-largest Ebola outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases, US government says

Mohammed Haneefa Nizamudeen/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has exceeded 3,000 cases, as the yearlong epidemic continues to grow despite access to an experimental vaccine and developmental treatments. A total of 3,004 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since Aug. 1 of last year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. More than 2,000 of those individuals have d..
August 29, 2019

90,000 cases of measles reported in Europe in the first half of this year: WHO

Hailshadow/iStock(GENEVA) -- The U.S. is not the only country grappling with continued, record-breaking measles outbreaks. A new report released by the World Health Organization shows that the fight against measles in Europe is on a downward slide. The concern comes as data from 2018 shows that some countries saw an uptick in the number of measles cases, and the region continues to battle a growing number of cases of the disease this year as well. In 2018, four countries lost what the WHO calls ..
August 29, 2019

Russia moves high-profile political prisoner ahead of rumored prisoner swap: Report

Instants/iStock(MOSCOW) — The Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, widely considered one of Russia’s most high-profile political prisoners, has reportedly been moved to a Moscow jail in anticipation of a possible prisoner exchange with Ukraine. Sentsov was arrested after Russia seized Crimea in 2014 and was sentenced to 20 years jail on terrorism charges in what was widely condemned by international human rights groups as a political show trial. Sentsov’s case has attracted an outcry from the g..
August 29, 2019

With a loud boom, massive cloud Stromboli volcano erupts again

APeriamPhotography/iStock(ROME) -- Stromboli volcano erupted again on Wednesday, shortly after noon, spouting sand, ash and lava dashing down the steep slopes to the sea. The eruption was preceded by a loud boom followed by a large cloud, which engulfed the volcano and island and was seen kilometers away by vacationers on boats in the surrounding waters around the island. About 5,000 residents and visitors are currently on the island, which is off the coast of Sicily, a popular but rugged summer..