Author Archives: Humanosphere

Killings, curse words can’t keep Duterte’s popularity down in the Philippines

The rest of the world may be horrified by the deadly drug war and colorful words of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, but his constituents think he’s doing an “excellent” job, according to the latest surveys.

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Antibiotic factories in India, China are spreading drug-resistant superbugs

Investigators have found drug-resistant bacteria – or superbugs – in antibiotic factories in India that supply major U.S. and European distributors, implicating the factories and their suppliers in China in the rampant spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a new report revealed for the first time today.

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News in the Humanosphere: Super typhoon strikes the Philippines, kills at least 8

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people on Thursday as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes. Super Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday night with winds similar to those of catastrophic Haiyan in 2013, which was then the strongest storm to strike

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Soda tax debate: How does it impact the world’s poor?

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommendation for countries around the world to tax soda drinks to fight obesity has been met with debate over whether such recommendations would benefit the poor as the health agency intends.

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Abortion: Clinton invokes women’s rights around the world as she defends choice

The contentious issue of abortion came up during the final U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton affirmed women’s right to abortion while Donald Trump said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose it. Clinton countered by looking internationally to the consequences of governments circumventing reproductive rights.

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Health organizations challenged to keep AIDS in the spotlight

Stigma against LGBT communities remains a challenge for organizations that work with HIV/AIDS patients. But the biggest challenge of all might be keeping the disease in the spotlight.

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News in the Humanosphere: U.N. agrees to compensate Haiti cholera victims

With barely two months left in his term, Mr. Ban’s administration is scrambling to compensate, for the first time, those who have suffered, with a plan to give them or their communities cash payments from a proposed $400 million cholera response package. He also wants to make good on an unfulfilled promise to eradicate cholera

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World Bank: Improve water and sanitation access for Latin American kids

If Latin America is to gain more ground on the fight against poverty, children need better access to basic resources like running water and sanitation, according to newly released data from the World Bank.

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El Salvador’s Congress considers relaxing controversial abortion law

After months of contention over El Salvador’s abortion law, one of the strictest in the world, lawmakers in the Central American country are considering whether to allow abortion in cases of rape or risky pregnancy.

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The problem with calling mayaro ‘the next Zika’

Scientists have ample reason to keep an eye on a mosquito-borne virus called mayaro, but when the media rushes to declare it the next Zika epidemic, the result may do more harm than good. Mayaro has been circulating in Latin America for decades, but little is known about the virus.

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News in the Humanosphere: Humanitarian pause starts in Aleppo, U.N. hopes to evacuate civilians

A “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian army’s Russian-backed assault on Aleppo took effect Thursday, but despite a drop in violence there was little sign residents were heeding calls to leave. Moscow said the truce would be extended by 24 hours, and the UN said it hoped to carry out the first medical evacuations from Aleppo

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This video shows the horrifying destruction of the Syrian civil war on Aleppo

Bombings have devastated Aleppo. Rebels are the targets, but oftentimes it is Syrian civilians who bear the brunt of the attacks – losing their homes and family members in an instant.

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Women and men won’t reach economic equality until 2186, index says

Efforts to close gender gaps in pay and workforce participation slowed so dramatically in the past year that men and women may not reach economic equality for another 170 years, the World Economic Forum said on Tuesday.

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News in the Humanosphere: Syrian government accused of yet another chemical weapon attack

An international inquiry blamed Syrian government forces for a third chemical weapons attack, according to a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council. The report, prepared by a joined committee set up by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and seen by Reuters news agency, was presented to the

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