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Sharp Increase in Number of Journalists Killed in Line of Duty

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based group that promotes press freedom says combat-related deaths in Syria and “targeted” murders in three other countries have made 2012 one of the deadliest years on record for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists says as of mid-December, at least 67 journalists had been killed in direct relation to their work — a […]

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U.N.: Maternal Deaths Cut By Half in Last 20 Years

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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A U.N. report says the global mortality rate for women giving birth has been cut in nearly half over the past two decades. The report released Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Health Organization said maternal deaths declined from 540,000 in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010. However, the report showed that one woman still dies from […]

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WHO Defends Its Numbers On Malaria Deaths

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization is defending its numbers on global malaria deaths and disputes a new study claiming that nearly twice as many people die of malaria than previously believed. The study, which appears in the British health journal, The Lancet, reports that more than 1.2 million people died of malaria in 2010, compared to […]

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Study: Malaria Kills More People Than Previously Thought

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study shows that malaria could be killing many more people than some experts previously thought. The study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet Friday, says more than 1.2 million people died of the mosquito-borne disease in 2010. The disease inflicted a high toll on adults as well as children, most of […]

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Pakistan Heart Drug Death Toll Reaches 100

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Pakistan say the the number of people who have died after taking tainted heart medication has reached 100. Health officials in Punjab province said Thursday that another 300 patients remain hospitalized in the city of Lahore. The state-run Punjab Institute of Cardiology provided the heart medication to people free of charge. Police have […]

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25 Found Dead on Refugee Boat From Libya to Lampedusa

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Italian coast guard found 25 dead bodies on a refugee boat fleeing Libya Monday as it crossed the Mediterranean on the way to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Survivors told the authorities the overcrowded boat, which held almost 300 people, left Libya three days ago. Coast guard officials received a call for assistance when […]

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Two More Suspicious Deaths in British Hospital

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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British police have linked two more deaths at a northwest England hospital to insulin-contaminated saline, as they continue to hold a nurse for questioning. Greater Manchester Police say the deaths of an 83-year-old man who died Thursday and an 84-year-old woman who passed away July 14 are now part of the investigation. Three other deaths […]

British Nurse Arrested In Suspicious Hospital Deaths

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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British police have arrested a nurse on suspicion of murdering three patients by intentionally giving them a saline solution contaminated with insulin. The nurse, identified as 27-year-old Rebecca Leighton, was arrested after authorities said 14 patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport were given the contaminated solution. Greater Manchester Police have the woman in custody […]

Indian State Probes 17 Infant Hospital Deaths

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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A state in eastern India is investigating the deaths of 17 infants at a government-run hospital. Authorities say all of the babies died in the last 48 hours at the B.C. Roy Hospital in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. The state’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday called the deaths a “very sad” and […]

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4 Russians Die after Drinking Indonesia Brew

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian police say four Russian sailors died and three others were hospitalized after drinking a potent alcoholic brew in Borneo island, where their ship is anchored. Central Kalimantan police said the deadly liquor was purchased from a local man. The four died on Wednesday and Thursday and three others suffered from breathing problems, dizziness and […]

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