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UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

GENEVA — The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a “human catastrophe.” Even as President Barack Obama is ordering the deployment of 3,000 U.S. military …

Suspected Ebola patients who fled Liberian centre are found; travel limits hinder food access

MONROVIA, Liberia—People who were being screened for Ebola when they fled a health centre during looting have turned themselves into a hospital, a Liberian official said Tuesday. The patients fled when an Ebola holding facility was ransacked in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, on Saturday night, raising fears that the deadly virus might spread into the densely …

UN: Nations hiding increased use of private companies for digital snooping on citizens

GENEVA—Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday. Stepping into a fierce debate over digital privacy rights, the U.N. office says it has strong evidence of a growing complicity among private companies in government spying. It says governments …

UN: At least 1,075 killed in Iraq in June 2014

GENEVA — More than 1,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq this month as Sunni insurgents overtook key areas of the country, the United Nations said Tuesday. The new findings from the U.N. human rights team in Iraq show the casualty rate from violence and terror already in June …

Vatican gives UN new stats on sex abuse: 848 priests defrocked, 2,572 disciplined since ’04

  GENEVA – The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004. The Vatican’s U.N. …

UN: 2013 extreme weather due to human induced climate change warming the Earth

  GENEVA—Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the U.N. weather agency says. The World Meteorological Organization’s annual assessment Monday said 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the …

Airlines lower forecast for profit as Ukraine’s crisis causes increase in fuel prices

GENEVA—The global airlines industry on Wednesday lowered its profit forecast for this year after the Ukrainian crisis caused a spike in the price of fuel. The cost of crude oil, jet fuel and other energy sources jumped last week after Russia took effective control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Investors feared escalating U.S. and European sanctions …

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