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2006-08-10 05:49:48

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hospitals were running out of food, fuel and other supplies in southern Lebanon on Thursday and aid groups said fighting and a ban on movement meant they could not reach thousands trapped in the area. Medecins Sans Frontieres said that since an Israeli air strike destroyed the last coastal river crossing for trucks to the south on Monday, aid agencies had been reduced to carrying supplies by hand over a log across the Litani river. It said...

2006-08-07 20:21:56

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel destroyed the last main crossing over Lebanon's Litani river on Monday and imposed an indefinite ban on movement in the south, paralyzing humanitarian efforts to reach thousands trapped there, aid groups said. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it was forced to carry four tonnes of medical aid and fuel over a tree trunk spanning the Litani after an air strike hit a makeshift bridge on the coast road leading to the southern port city of...

2006-08-07 11:54:23

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel destroyed the last main crossing over Lebanon's Litani river on Monday and imposed an indefinite ban on movement in the south, paralyzing humanitarian efforts to reach thousands trapped there, aid groups said. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it was forced to carry four tons of medical aid and fuel over a tree trunk spanning the Litani after an air strike hit a makeshift bridge on the coast road leading to the southern port city of...

2006-04-27 11:15:00

LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola's cholera epidemic has become a national emergency with more than 20,000 infections and 941 deaths since the outbreak began in February, a non-governmental organization said on Thursday. France-based Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) said the disease had spread from the capital Luanda to the coastal city of Benguela and interior provinces such as Malange, with the total number of cases expected to double. "There are now over 20,000 cases and 941 deaths," Richard...

2006-03-15 12:45:00

By Tume Ahemba LAGOS (Reuters) - Humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) urged U.S. drugmaker Abbot Laboratories Inc. on Wednesday to make a new HIV drug accessible in developing countries, especially Africa. MSF (Doctors Without Borders) said a new formulation of Abbot's lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) drug has critical advantages for patients in poor countries including lower daily pill count, storage without refrigeration and no dietary restrictions. "It is a cruel irony that...

2006-03-08 07:21:54

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - An outbreak of cholera in Sudan's south has spread to a third major town and has claimed at least 132 lives in the war-torn area with little clean water or sanitation, aid agencies said on Wednesday. Medecins Sans Frontieres said 12 people had tested positive for cholera in the town of Malakal, hundreds of miles north of the origin of the outbreak. Almost 6,000 cases have been recorded in the southern capital Juba and the nearby town of Yei, the World Health...

2006-01-25 13:25:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 200 medical scientists urged the World Health Organisation's (WHO) executive on Wednesday to back a call to boost research into drugs for neglected diseases that kill mainly the world's poor. A resolution calling for action to step up "needs-driven" research and switch some emphasis away from research for profit has been put by Brazil and Kenya to the WHO's executive board, which is meeting this week. It aims to push development of safe and affordable drugs for...

2005-12-24 07:31:33

By Estelle Shirbon LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria will start providing AIDS drugs for free next year, the government agency in charge of fighting AIDS said on Saturday, scrapping fees aid workers say deny access to treatment for poor patients. Nigeria has 3.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS, the third-highest number in the world after India and South Africa, and at the moment it has an estimated 40,000 people on subsidized anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). "Up until now we provided ARVs...

2005-12-18 23:25:49

By Emma Batha LONDON (Reuters) - As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing,...

2005-12-19 00:00:00

By Emma Batha LONDON -- As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing, the initial relief...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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