Ukraine Military Routed As Russia Talks Tough
Ukraine Military Routed As Russia Talks Tough
40% of Teen Girls Are Skipping This Recommended Vaccine
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The Ukrainian solders were an easy target as they launched a desperate run to safety. Pounded by a gauntlet of rocket shells, blown up in their vehicles, they died by the dozens. In fields around the eastern Ukrainian village of Novokaterynivka, more than thirty army vehicles lay charred and pulverized into twisted piles of metal Tuesday — the result of a devastating weekend ambush by separatist forces. The rout marked a major intensification in the separatists' offensive in eastern Ukraine — one that the government in Kiev, NATO and the United States say has been sustained by Russia's direct military support. Moscow's aggressive stance toward Ukraine has come in both words and deeds of late, fueled by attacks like those in Novokaterynivka as well as a leaked report that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Vladimir Putin told him that Russia could take over Kiev "in two weeks" if it wished. The separatists, after having a month of setbacks in which government troops regained territory, have been inordinately successful in the last 10 days just as columns of Russian tanks and armored vehicles have been seen crossing the border.
Nearly 10 years after the human papillomavirus--or HPV--vaccine was introduced, uptake in the US remains low. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control suggests the number of teenagers who got vaccinated against HPV increased only slightly last year, while coverage continues to lag far behind other teenage vaccinations. Dr Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a media briefing, “I am frustrated that in 2014 four out of 10 adolescent girls and six out of 10 adolescent boys had not even started the HPV vaccine series and are vulnerable to cancers caused by HPV."
The World Health Organization said on Friday that for the first time, the world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola as data from a trial in Guinea showed a vaccine was 100 percent effective. The trial tested vaccines from Merck and NewLink Genetics on about 4,000 people who had been in close contact with a confirmed Ebola case, Initial results showed 100 percent protection after 10 days. Global health specialists described the results as "remarkable" and "game changing." W-H-O vaccine expert Marie Paule Kieny told reporters in a briefing from Geneva "We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine,". The vaccine could now be used to help end the worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it began in December 2013.
Zimbabwe's environment minister said Friday, the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to the southern African nation to face justice. Referring to 55-year-old Walter James Palmer as a "foreign poacher," Oppah Muchinguri told a news conference that the prosecutor general had started the process to have him extradited from the United States. She said, "We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be held accountable for his illegal action.
“Having the United Kingdom in the European Union gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union,” said President Barack Obama on Thursday, thereby charging headlong into the minefield that is Anglo-European relations right now. Britain faces a referendum about whether to stay in the EU, so when the American president describes it as “part of the cornerstone of the institutions built after [World War II] that has made the world safer and more prosperous,” his remarks constitute a major foreign intervention into British domestic politics. The supporters of Britain’s continued membership of the EU, which she joined in 1973, have hailed Obama’s intervention with glee, arguing that it proves that the “Special Relationship” would be badly damaged if she voted to leave. Opponents wonder whether Britons should really be taking lessons about the Special Relationship from the man who had Winston Churchill’s bust removed from the Oval Office, arranged a meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the kitchens of a New York hotel, and who told French President Nicolas Sarkozy, “We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than the French people.”
Beijing, the Chinese capital, has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games that follow. Its 2008 Summer games was a major triumph of efficiency and design, and was trumpeted as the moment that marked China’s emergence on the world stage and as a superpower. The Winter Games win came despite concerns that Beijing may lack mountains and natural snow, and despite concerns voiced by several human rights groups over the country’s treatment of dissenters, dissidents and most recently human rights lawyers. About 350 of them were rounded up this month. The 2022 games are forecast to cost $1.5 billion to stage – a tiny fraction of the $34 billion that the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia paid. Beijing is expected to re-use some of the iconic locations from its previous event, including the Bird’s Nest stadium.