Human welfare

August 28, 2020 - 2:50 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ten children have been killed in a lightning strike in a remote Ugandan town near the Congo border, Ugandan police said Friday. The children, whose ages ranged from 9 to 16, were sheltering from the rain in a grass-thatched house when the lightning struck Thursday evening...
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August 27, 2020 - 4:24 am
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Nearly 500 Burundian refugees living in Rwanda began their journey back to their home country Thursday, the first group to return after five years in exile following deadly political violence sent many fleeing. The United Nations has said hundreds of people were killed in the...
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August 26, 2020 - 4:59 pm
Dozens of nursing homes evacuated their residents as Hurricane Laura bore down Wednesday, but many others with a choice just stayed put, concluding the risk of breaking their coronavirus lockdowns could be more deadly than the storm. “It is always best if you can remain in an environment that is...
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FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, emergency medical workers arrive at Cobble Hill Health Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, to an Associated Press report that his state's coronavirus death toll in nursing homes could be a major undercount, saying it makes sense to include only those residents who died on the home's property. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
August 26, 2020 - 12:34 pm
The Justice Department is seeking data about “orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents,” sending letters Wednesday to the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Officials say Wednesday that the Justice Department’s civil...
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This May 2020 photo provided by Sarah Jessop shows Natalia Linos, a Democrat candidate for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District in the Sept. 1 primary election. Linos, a social epidemiologist and executive director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, is one of many in a crowded field seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is running for Senate. (Sarah Jessop via AP)
August 26, 2020 - 5:37 am
BOSTON (AP) — A background in science — specifically, infectious disease and epidemiology — may not spring to mind as a key selling point for candidates hoping to land a seat in Congress. Not unless, say, the country is in the throes of a deadly pandemic. Two Democrats in Massachusetts are...
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A trainee reads a handbook on coronavirus prevention, at a training session for community health workers conducted by the national NGO "Health Link" in Gumbo, on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The coronavirus is exposing an uncomfortable inequality in the billion-dollar system that delivers life-saving aid to countries in crisis: Most money goes to international aid groups instead of local ones and now many local aid workers have been left exposed on the pandemic's front lines. (AP Photo/Charles Atiki Lomodong)
August 26, 2020 - 5:07 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus is exposing an uncomfortable inequality in the billion-dollar system that delivers life-saving aid for countries in crisis: Most money that flows from the U.S. and other donors goes to international aid groups instead of local ones. Now local aid workers are...
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A homeless man sits by his belongings at the Lots, a county-run outdoor encampment in downtown Phoenix, on June 24, 2020. Homeless people are among the most vulnerable populations in the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they're largely invisible victims. Very little is known about how they're faring. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees homeless programs, has not required its national network of providers to gather infection or death data, even though homeless people, unlike other high-risk groups such as nursing home residents, interact more with the public. (Steve Carr/Human Services Campus and the Howard Center For Investigative Journalism via AP)
August 24, 2020 - 11:04 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly 200 tents stand inches apart on the scorching gravel lots, many covered in blankets for an extra layer of relief from the desert sun. Outside, their occupants sit on hot ground or in folding chairs, nearby palm trees providing no shade. Despite 12-foot-square sections painted...
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Two survivors who did not wish to be identified show their wounds which they said were inflicted by government soldiers in June, in Fada N'gourma town in Burkina Faso Thursday, July 9, 2020. Burkina Faso's military is facing growing accusations that soldiers have tortured and killed civilians accused of aiding Islamic extremists and analysts say the ill-equipped and under-trained army is scrambling to stem the spread of jihadist violence that's ravaging the West African country. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
August 24, 2020 - 1:02 am
FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Huddled on the floor in a dimly lit room, one by one the five men displayed wounds they say were inflicted by government soldiers armed with wooden planks, knives and electric cables. A 30-year-old recounted how a soldier held a cigarette lighter to his face while...
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In this undated photo provided by Charlton Rhee, Rhee, a nursing home administrator from New York, poses for a photo with his parents, Man Joon Rhee and Eulja Rhee. Charlton Rhee, whose parents came to the U.S. from South Korea, lost both of them to COVID-19 as the virus surged in New York City. A joint analysis by The Associated Press and The Marshall Project found that Asian Americans join Black and Hispanic Americans among the hardest-hit groups, with deaths in each group up at least 30% this year. (Courtesy of Charlton Rhee via AP)
August 21, 2020 - 8:06 am
As many as 215,000 more people than usual died in the U.S. during the first seven months of 2020, suggesting that the number of lives lost to the coronavirus is significantly higher than the official toll. And half the dead were people of color — Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and, to a marked...
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August 20, 2020 - 3:04 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA suspended two more soccer officials in Haiti to widen its investigation Thursday into alleged systematic sexual abuse of young women players. FIFA’s ethics committee judges first extended a 90-day provisional ban of Yves Jean-Bart, the longtime Haiti soccer federation president,...
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