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Insurer targeted HIV patients to drop coverage Reuters 29/03/2019

In May, 2002 Jerome Mitchell, a 17-year old college freshman from rural South Carolina, learned he had contracted HIV. The news, of course, was devastating, but Mitchell believed that he had one thing going for him: On his own initiative, in anticipation of his first year in college, he had purchased his own health insurance. Shortly after his diagnosis, however, his insurance company, Fortis, revoked his policy. Mitchell was told that without further treatment his HIV would become full-blown AIDS within a year or two and he would most likely die within two years after that.

Vaccine deal could save 900,000 lives by 2015 Reuters 29/03/2019

Drug makers Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline signed a landmark 10-year deal on Tuesday to supply 60 million doses a year of cut-price pneumococcal vaccines to developing nations. The deal, brokered by the Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), is the first under a new scheme called an Advance Market Commitment (AMC) which guarantees a market for vaccines supplied to poor nations but sets a maximum price drug makers can expect to receive.

EU/India trade pact could limit cheap drugs Reuters 22/03/2019

Poor people in India and other developing countries may lose access to affordable generic drugs as part of free-trade negotiations between India and the European Union, a medical advocacy group have said. The warning by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) highlights one of the most sensitive issues in trade - the extent to which companies' intellectual property rights can be waived to help poor countries and whether that stifles research and innovation. The European Union said it was not asking that India stop producing cheap generic medicines.

Student ID card brings home loss from Haiti's quake Reuters 22/03/2019

When American Matthew Bigg visited Haiti, he didn’t expect the devastation left behind by the January 12 earthquake to affect him in the way that it did. After witnessing bodies being tipped unceremoniously into mass graves, Bigg came across a student ID card. Back home in Atlanta, Georgia, the card remained in his thoughts, the realisation that real people and real lives were in tatters. And so he set out on a mission to find out more about the card’s owner. Heading back to Haiti, Bigg attempted to trace the student, Mona Fabre, separated from her ID, while speaking to Haitians whose lives, hopes and dreams were shattered by the natural disaster.

Cyber-bullying cases put heat on Google and Facebook Reuters 15/03/2019

The Internet was built on freedom of expression. Society wants someone held accountable when that freedom is abused. And major Internet companies like Google and Facebook are finding themselves caught between those ideals. Although Google, Facebook and their rivals have enjoyed a relatively "safe harbour" from prosecution over user-generated content in the United States and Europe, they face a public that increasingly is more inclined to blame them for cyber-bullying and other online transgressions.

Some Chile quake areas still awaiting aid over a week later Reuters 15/03/2019

Chile - Some Chileans were still waiting for government aid on Saturday the 6th of March, a week after one of the strongest earthquakes on record and a roaring tsunami killed hundreds and ravaged cities and villages along the South American country's south-central coastline. Homeless and desperate, survivors voiced anger and frustration at outgoing President Michelle Bachelet's handling of the disaster, saying her administration was too slow to react after the 8.8-magnitude quake struck early on February 27.

Only plastic between Haiti homeless and storms Reuters 08/03/2019

Seasonal rains and hurricanes spell trouble for Haiti in the best of times, but with hundreds of thousands of people living in flimsy makeshift shelters after last month's earthquake, this year the dangers are much greater.

Grief, hunger grow in ruins of Chilean town Reuters 08/03/2019

Kneeling over a row of body bags on the floor of a school gymnasium, Salome Tobita softly kissed the purple hand of her dead son. "My God, my son has gone, my love!" she wailed, grasping the young man's cold hand between her palms.

How long can the U.S. dollar defy gravity? Reuters 01/03/2019

The only time the U.S. dollar ever took a serious shellacking in the marketplace, the wounds were almost entirely self-inflicted.

A "model" Islamic education from Turkey? Reuters 01/03/2019

In the Beyoglu Anadolu religious school in Istanbul, gilded Korans line the shelves and on a table lies a Turkish translation of "Eclipse," a vampire-based fantasy romance by U.S. novelist Stephanie Meyer.

A 7-year-old Rio Carnival queen parades in tears Reuters 22/02/2019

A tearful 7-year-old Carnival queen led exuberant drummers through the Sambadrome stadium on Sunday, in a distressed state that may add to controversy over whether a tiny child should perform such a high-pressure, sexually-charged role.

Desperate Somalis turn to prostitution in Yemen Reuters 22/02/2019

Somali refugee Saada hates what she does but can see no other way to feed her six children - working as a prostitute in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

How the poor can get poorer, and be OK about that Reuters 15/02/2019

Moody's may have upgraded the outlook for Lithuania's debt rating recently, but that means nothing to people like Lijandra Garniene. Sitting in a cramped one-room apartment in Vilnius, the mother of four, a former shop assistant in what was one of Europe's fastest-growing economies, remembers weeping in despair the first time she had to ask for a charity food parcel for her family. Her children are aged between 2 and 13.

Give a home to us not the Olympics, say protesters Reuters 15/02/2019

Robert Bonner is not impressed that Vancouver is hosting the Winter Olympics and thinks the millions of dollars spent on the event would have better gone on alleviating problems like poverty and homelessness. "Spending C$178 million (106 million pounds) for a skating oval isn't really impressive when you're sleeping in a doorway," Bonner told the "Poverty Olympics," a colourful protest held to highlight Vancouver's social problems.

Vancouver in two minds about Winter Games Reuters 08/02/2019

Vancouver, host of this month's Winter Olympics, prides itself on being one of the world's most liveable cities but residents seem unsure at times whether they really want the world on their doorstep. Though the Olympic buzz is building up for the February 12 start of the Games, surveys have shown that doubts about the wisdom of hosting the Olympics have been higher in Vancouver, on Canada's Pacific coast, than in the rest of the country.

South African President Zuma told 20th child harms safe sex drive Reuters 08/02/2019

South African opposition parties accused President Jacob Zuma on Monday of a cavalier attitude to safe sex that is hurting the HIV/AIDS campaign after news that a woman - not one of his wives - had had his 20th child. The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said Zuma, 68, was sending the wrong message to South Africans, among the world's worst sufferers from HIV/AIDS.

Haiti pleads for better aid effort Reuters 01/02/2019

Haiti has appealed to foreign governments and charities to do more to help earthquake victims as rescuers pulled a teenage girl out of the rubble 15 days after her Port-au-Prince home collapsed around her. The girl, named Darline and believed to be 16, was severely dehydrated and had a leg injury, French and Haitian rescuers said. "I don't know how she happened to resist that long. It's a miracle," said rescue worker J.P. Malaganne.

Diarrhoea vaccines could save 2 million lives Reuters 01/02/2019

Rotavirus can kill babies and young children within days by causing severe diarrhoea, but experts say that vaccines could save 2 million children over the next decade. Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that vaccinating babies against rotavirus significantly cut deaths from diarrhoea -- by 61 percent in Africa and by 35 percent in Mexico.

Google tests loyalties of China's wired generation Reuters 25/01/2019

When Google threw down the gauntlet to China's Internet censors, it also challenged the loyalties of the nation's wired generation. These tech-savvy Chinese in their 20s and 30s grew up in far greater affluence and openness than their parents. Many are pulled between patriotic pride and a yearning for more say over their own lives, even if they accept Communist Party control. The Google dispute may become a telling test of how the Chinese balance loyalties to their country with their desire for unfettered expression and access to information.

Rich need to show poor that CO2 deal won't hit their economies Reuters 25/01/2019

Developed nations must convince developing nations that their economies will not be harmed by greenhouse gas emission deals before global climate talks can progress, a British government minister said on Tuesday. Another round of U.N. climate talks in Mexico at the end of this year aims to nail down what negotiators failed to achieve in Copenhagen in December, which is a new treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming from 2013. One of the reasons for Copenhagen's failure, analysts say, was developing countries’ suspicion of being tricked by developed countries.

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