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Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) says 355 died of ‘neurotoxic’ symptoms in Syria

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) said 355 people had died earlier this week of “neurotoxic” symptoms as the Syrian government and its foes accused each other of using chemical weapons. MSF said around 3,600 patients displaying “neurotoxic symptoms” had flooded into three Syrian hospitals on the day of…

Doctors Without Borders closes all operations in Somalia after 22 years

NAIROBI — Medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) closed all its operations in war-torn Somalia on Wednesday, warning of growing insecurity, after 22 years of working in the Horn of Africa troublespot. “The closure of our activities is a direct result of extreme attacks on our staff, in an…

1,000 women a day die in childbirth, says Doctors Without Borders

About 1,000 women die each day in childbirth or from preventable complications related to pregnancy, humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said Thursday. “Worldwide, at any time, 15 percent of pregnancies incur the risk of a potential fatal complication,” said Kara Blackburn, responsible for women’s health at MSF…

Gunman kills two foreign aid workers in Mogadishu attack

MOGADISHU — A gunman killed two foreign aid workers after opening fire at a Doctors Without Borders compound in Mogadishu on Thursday, police and medics said. Somali security forces arrested the man, a witness told AFP, while a police officer identified him as a Somali employee with Medicins Sans Frontieres…

Kenya ‘to pursue kidnappers into Somalia’

Kenya’s military will pursue Somali gunmen across the frontier who they say are responsible for a spate of kidnappings of foreigners, the internal security minister said Saturday. “Our territorial integrity is threatened with serious security threats of terrorism, we cannot allow this to happen at all,” said Internal Security Minister…

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