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  • Aid groups urge faster, grassroots Ebola response as world leaders meet

    WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every 30-day delay in isolating Ebola patients will cause a tripling in daily cases of the deadly epidemic sweeping West Africa, according to new forecasts released on Tuesday. As world leaders gather in New York...
  • Make Syrian civilian protection priority, world leaders told

    LONDON (Reuters) - The protection of Syrian civilians must be a global priority in any further intervention in the Middle East, a coalition of 40 human rights and aid agencies said on Tuesday. Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New...
  • U.N. takes charge of Central African Republic peacekeeping force

    BANGUI (Reuters) - The United Nations on Monday took over a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic previously run by the African Union, a move that rights groups said must lead to more action to protect civilians from attack. The former...
  • Syria's violence prompts worse humanitarian crisis in a century

    IRBIL, Iraq Nearly half of Syria's population has been displaced either internally or externally as refugees in the worst humanitarian crisis to strike the Middle East in at least a century, according to new data released by the International Rescue...
  • Rachel Marsden: Humanitarianism can be an effective disguise for profiteering

    PARIS -- Billionaire Hungarian-American oligarch George Soros is an extremely concerned humanitarian who can be counted on to put his considerable bank balance where his concerns are. Lately, those concerns have included Ukraine and other former Soviet...
  • Soccer field skirmish a lesson in democracy for immigrant students

    Soccer field skirmish a lesson in democracy for immigrant students
    At a recent soccer practice at Oakland International High School, the boys welcomed Paulos Gurmu, a newcomer from Ethiopia. After hours of running on asphalt under a blazing sun, they sat in a circle to dole out "positivity points." A Burmese teen who'd...
  • United Nations launches record $6.5-billion aid appeal for Syria

    United Nations launches record $6.5-billion aid appeal for Syria
    BEIRUT—With the Syrian humanitarian crisis worsening amid mounting fears of starvation and illness, the United Nations on Monday launched a drive for about $6.5 billion in aid, described as the largest amount ever sought for a single emergency....
  • How to start a community garden

    Whether it’s to help beautify their neighborhoods, foster a sense of community or to grow their own vegetables and fruits, more Americans are starting local community gardens. According to the latest U.S. government statistics, more than 23...
  • World Refugee Day celebration is a showcase for the displaced

    World Refugee Day celebration is a showcase for the displaced
    When Sokoja Kondorka reflects on the violence and death he saw in his home of Darfur, Sudan, he struggles to articulate it. "You never think that a hundred people are all dead in front of your eyes," he said. "If that's your village and people have been...
  • Dr. Gerhard Schmeisser, orthopedic surgeon, Hopkins professor

    Dr. Gerhard Schmeisser, orthopedic surgeon, Hopkins professor
    Dr. Gerhard Schmeisser, a retired orthopedic surgeon, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty member and an innovator in artificial-limb technology, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Sept. 23 at Roland Park Place. He was 86 and had lived on...
  • Refugees find comfort in an alley garden in Highlandtown

    Refugees find comfort in an alley garden in Highlandtown
    As a boy, Abdi Hassen helped his father nurture and harvest maize, wheat and tropical fruits — until the early 1990s, when his father vanished. "He was disappeared because of his political opinion. I don't know if he is alive or not now," said...