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Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Jan 24, 2015

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the United Nations from declaring the site in danger. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he had ...

Jan 19, 2015

Sri Lanka's kidney ills mystify: the scoop

A mystery kidney disease is killing Sri Lankan farmers. The first cases surfaced some two decades ago in North Central province, the main rice-producing area. Since then, the disease has killed up to an estimated 20,000 people on the Indian Ocean island nation. As ...

Jan 16, 2015

China diagnosed 104,000 new HIV cases in 2014: report

China diagnosed 104,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS in 2014, media reported Friday, highlighting growth in infections in the country despite a comparatively low overall rate. The figure was a 14 percent increase on the number of new cases diagnosed in 2013, the Beijing Times ...

South Korean flown to Germany for Ebola treatment

Jan 3, 2015

South Korean flown to Germany for Ebola treatment

A member of a South Korean medical team treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has been flown to Germany after suffering an injury with a hypodermic needle. Berlin’s renowned Charite hospital said in a statement that the unidentified medic was taken to its special ...

Jan 2, 2015

Descendent brings Jesuit skull back to Guam

A descendant of a Spanish Jesuit missionary, who was killed on Guam in 1684, has traveled from Spain to Guam in the spirit of prayer, reconciliation and friendship. Nearly 330 years after a Chamorro uprising killed Father Manuel de Solorzano, his descendant, Manuel Lopez ...

Dec 31, 2014

Guam students to be tested for tuberculosis

Students at five Guam schools who were exposed to a bus driver with tuberculosis will be tested for the disease. The Department of Public Works driver died last week of unknown causes, said Alice Manalo, acting supervisor of Guam Public Health’s TB and Hansen’s ...

Dec 24, 2014

China cracks down on environmental crimes

China’s environmental regulators nearly doubled the number of cases they referred to police involving suspected polluters over the first three-quarters of this year compared to all of last year, amid a larger push by the government to crack down on the country’s severe environmental ...