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Gambia becomes 2nd African nation to eliminate trachoma, WHO says

Gambia becomes 2nd African nation to eliminate trachoma, WHO says

A mother in Gambia is checked for trachoma, which is a tropical eye disease that affects about 2 million people worldwide, mostly children. Photo courtesy World Health Organization-Gambia Eye Health Program/UPIHealth officials say that Gambia has become just the second African nation to eliminate the tropical eye disease trachoma, after years of identifying and treating patients in its most rural areas.The World Health Organization made the declaration earlier this week.In eradicating trachoma, Gambia joins Ghana as the only African countries that have done so. Ghana eliminated the disease...

Apr 22
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White House outlines 100-day plan to upgrade U.S. cyberdefenses

White House outlines 100-day plan to upgrade U.S. cyberdefenses

President Joe Biden meets on Monday with a bipartisan group of members of Congress to discuss investments in his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo by Doug Mills/UPI/Pool |President Joe Biden meets Monday with with a bipartisan group of members of Congress to discuss investments in his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo by Doug Mills/UPI/Pool |President Joe Biden speaks about his American Jobs Plan in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 7. Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI |The...

Apr 20
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Uber reports record demand in March as more in U.S. are vaccinated

Uber reports record demand in March as more in U.S. are vaccinated

Uber said in a report with regulators on Monday that it's seen a rise in customer demand as U.S. vaccination rates have increased. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Ride-share company Uber saw record demand during the month of March, the company said Monday.The company said March was its best month performance-wise in a year and gross bookings exceeded a $30 billion annualized rate, a record.Uber reported the performance with the Securities and Exchange Commission.It added that its food delivery business also set a record."The company's delivery business set another all-time record,...

Apr 12
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Group of U.S. attorneys general urge Biden to cancel $50K in student debt

Group of U.S. attorneys general urge Biden to cancel $50K in student debt

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate health, education, labor and pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on February 3. Photo by Susan Walsh/UPI/Pool |A group of attorneys general from more than a dozen states called on President and Congress Friday to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower, an issue that the new administration has yet to fully embrace.In a letter addressed to Biden, the group asked the president to take executive action supporting Senate Resolution 46 and House Resolution...

Feb 19
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Oversight board rules against Facebook on post criticizing Emmanuel Macron

Oversight board rules against Facebook on post criticizing Emmanuel Macron

The Facebook sign is shown at its campus in Menlo Park, Calif. on May 18, 2012. Its oversight board overturned a decision to ban a tweet that criticized French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo by Terry Schmitt/EPA-EFE |An international social media watchdog said Friday Facebook acted too hastily and should reinstate a post criticizing French President and urging Muslims to possibly turn to violence.The 40-member Oversight Board, made up of human rights and legal experts around the world, said the post an imminent threat and deleting it was a disproportionate restriction.The same board will...

Feb 12
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Biden to sign 'Made in America' order to boost spending on U.S. businesses

Biden to sign 'Made in America' order to boost spending on U.S. businesses

×President Joe Biden signs an executive order related to American manufacturing and American workers, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |President will sign an executive order Monday that will increase federal government spending on American businesses, which had long been a priority in his campaign.The White House said Biden's "Made in America" order will close loopholes in how domestic content is measured and increase oversight of potential waivers and domestic preference laws.There are already restrictions for how many...

Jan 25
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U.N. official says rape, sexual violence rising in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

U.N. official says rape, sexual violence rising in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

×A female refugee and her child wait to receive aid at the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan, not far from the Ethiopia-Sudan border, on December 1, 2020. File Photo by Ala Kheir/EPA-EFEA top United Nations official is demanding an end to sexual violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia that has resulted from fighting between government forces and local factions.Pramila Patten, U.N. special representative of the secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict, called on all people in the conflict to end hostilities and stop using sexual violence as a weapon.Ethiopian forces under Prime Minister Abiy...

Jan 22
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Russian lawmakers pass bills to block U.S. social media platforms

Russian lawmakers pass bills to block U.S. social media platforms

The authors of the legislation said recent actions by YouTube and Facebook to block Russian content led to the need for the proposed laws. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |The lower house of Russian Parliament approved draft legislation on Wednesday that would allow Moscow to block U.S. social media platforms that "discriminate" against Russian news outlets.Two separate measures on the issue on Wednesday.The like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which have become more aggressive in blocking content from Russian outlets that spread misinformation.The proposals say platforms that violate the...

Dec 23
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EU agrees to cut emissions by more than 50% by end of 2020s

EU agrees to cut emissions by more than 50% by end of 2020s

The EU said the all-night negotiating session helped put the bloc on track to become fully carbon neutral within 30 years. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |The European Union agreed Friday to a plan to reduce carbon emissions from the 27-nation alliance by more than half by the end of the decade, officials said.The deal is part of the bloc's efforts to become fully carbon neutral by 2050.Under , EU nations will cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55%, compared to 1990 levels, by 2030. The agreement followed discussions that lasted from Thursday night into Friday morning.Poland, Hungary...

Dec 11
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Air pollution killed nearly a half-million newborns last year, study says

Air pollution killed nearly a half-million newborns last year, study says

A woman wears a face mask while walking in Beijing, China, amid hazardous levels of air pollution. Wednesday's report said people in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are the most affected by air pollution. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |New research Wednesday says air pollution is the leading cause of death for newborns in their first month of life, and was responsible for killing nearly a half-million babies last year.The "" report was compiled and published by the Health Effect Institute.The study said 476,000 newborn babies died last year due to pollution, most of whom lived in...

October 21, 2020
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