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Recent articles by Maria:

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocably in favor" of eradication, but that major questions about its feasibility remain. In a press briefing on… → Read More

UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the... → Read More

UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles smaller than about 5 millimeters (roughly one-fifth of an inch), although there is no strict… → Read More

UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles smaller than about 5 millimeters (roughly one-fifth of an inch), although there is no strict… → Read More

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for shark fin soup. → Read More

Humanitarian activist Winnie Byanyima named to head UNAIDS

LONDON (AP) - Winifred "Winnie" Byanyima, a former Ugandan politician and the current head of the humanitarian group Oxfam International, was appointed the new executive director of the U.N. AIDS agency on Wednesday. The previous UNAIDS chief, Michel Sidibe, left the post early in May after allegations that he improperly handled sexual assault claims against one of his deputies. U.N. spokesman… → Read More

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the → Read More

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . → Read More

UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo - which spilled into Uganda this week - is an "extraordinary event" of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency. The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time to assess the outbreak, which some experts say met the criteria to be designated an international… → Read More

UN: Expert meeting under way to decide if Ebola is emergency

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization on Friday said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo - which spilled into Uganda this week - is an extraordinary event of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency. → Read More

UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency

UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency even after spreading to Uganda. → Read More

UN health agency struggles with travel abuses, report finds

The World Health Organization spent nearly $192 million on travel expenses last year, with staffers sometimes breaking the agency's own rules. → Read More

AP Exclusive: UN health agency struggles with travel abuses

The World Health Organization spent nearly $192 million on travel expenses last year, with staffers sometimes breaking the agency's own rules by traveling in business class, booking expensive last-minute tickets and traveling without the required approvals, according to internal documents obtained → Read More

US ‘concerned’ over misused funds allegations at UNAIDS

The U.S. government says it is "concerned" about allegations of misused funds at the U.N.'s AIDS agency after a report by The Associated Press this week revealed ongoing financial and sexual misconduct problems at the agency. → Read More

AP Exclusive: UN whistleblower targeted in misconduct probe

AP Exclusive: The U.N. AIDS agency is grappling with previously undisclosed allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving a whistleblower. → Read More

AP Exclusive: UN whistleblower targeted in misconduct probe

GENEVA (AP) - Documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal the U.N.'s AIDS agency is grappling with previously unreported allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving a staffer who went public last year with claims she was sexually assaulted by a top deputy. → Read More

AP Exclusive: UN whistleblower targeted in misconduct probe

GENEVA (AP) - Documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal the U.N.'s AIDS agency is grappling with previously unreported allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving a staffer who went public last year with claims she was sexually assaulted by a top deputy. U.N. investigators who conducted a preliminary internal inquiry wrote that they found evidence whistleblower Martina… → Read More

Congo's Ebola outbreak might be declared global emergency

GENEVA (AP) - The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but is of deep concern, the World Health Organization said Friday. → Read More

Congo's Ebola outbreak might be declared global emergency

GENEVA (AP) — A top Red Cross official said Friday he's "more concerned than I have ever been" about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus after a new spike in cases, as the World Health Organization met on whether to declare the outbreak in Congo an international health emergency → Read More

UN says Congo’s Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency

UN says Congo's Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency; more than 700 dead since August. → Read More