Stephanie Nebehay

Red Cross expects to evacuate 2 000 from Aleppo

The first evacuees were escorted on buses and 13 ambulances through government-held west Aleppo to opposition-controlled areas.

WHO advises 8 weeks of safe sex after return from Zika areas

The World Health Organisation has recommended that people potentially exposed to the Zika virus should practice safe sex.

WHO declares Zika virus a global health emergency

The rapidly-spreading virus has been declared a global health emergency in an effort to fast-track international action and research priorities.

WHO promises contingency fund for crises after Ebola outbreak

Following harsh criticism of its handling of the Ebola outbreak last year, the organisation says it will up its game in dealing with future crises.

Ebola: Trials could get to West Africa in January

The WHO says two experimental vaccines could lead to trials being done in West Africa in January, while another flu drug is being tested as well.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants release journalist captured in Syria

Islamic militants released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis on Sunday, less than a week after grisly footage emerged of the execution of James Foley.

Ebola: WHO suggests epidemic won’t end this year

The World Health Organisation, which has been criticised for its response to Ebola, has revealed its strategy for halting the epidemic in West Africa.

Ebola still spreading in West Africa

The World Health Organisation declared the situation "serious" when new cases surfaced after officials thought they had contained the virus.

Guinea: Mining firms in lockdown as Ebola death tolls climbs

Mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff as the death toll from suspected Ebola cases hit 83.

Syrian talks end with no sign of peace

The first round of peace talks has ended with no progess made on ending the civil war or commitment from the govt to return to the negotiating table.

Syria peace talks hit more trouble

The US has demanded that Syria allow aid in to Homs, as peace talks over the future of President Bashar al-Assad continue.

Fighting halts polio vaccination in northern Syria

UN aid agencies say heavy fighting has prevented health workers from getting polio vaccine to 100 000 Syrian children.

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