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Jun 28, 2015

South Korea reports 32nd MERS death

South Korea on Sunday reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus’ mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow. A 55-year-old man died Saturday of Middle East respiratory disease, the health ministry said, putting the ...

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Jun 28, 2015

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Tonga on Saturday began a week of celebrations to mark the upcoming coronation of King Tupou VI, the Pacific nation’s monarch, with an ancient ceremony involving the mildly narcotic drink kava. The build-up to this coming Saturday’s coronation started near the Royal Palace in ...

South Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital

Jun 27, 2015

South Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital

South Korea on Saturday said it was closely monitoring a hospital in eastern Seoul over fears that hundreds of people there may have been exposed to the deadly MERS virus. A 70-year-old woman who caught Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) while visiting an infected ...

China hints it will end ivory trade

Jun 26, 2015

China hints it will end ivory trade

In the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants, conservationists are hailing as a possible game-changer the unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa. Now ...