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Toyota resumes production at Japan factories

TOKYO (AFP) – Toyota on Monday resumed operations at all its domestic plants that had been halted since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, with production volume still at around 50 percent due to a parts shortage. The auto giant said it had begun measuring the radiation levels of its…

International midwife shortage kills 1 million women, children a year

KABUL (Reuters) – Over a million mothers and newborn babies are dying each year from easily prevented birth complications because of a chronic shortage of midwives across much of the developing world, a new report from Save the Children said on Friday. In the world’s least developed countries over half…

Toyota ‘likely’ to slow US production

NEW YORK – Toyota on Wednesday said it was likely to slow production at some US plants due to a shortage of parts from quake-hit Japan. “We told team members that production interruption is likely, but we don’t know how much, where or for how long,” said Toyota US spokesman…

GM shutters US plant on Japan parts shortage

CHICAGO — A shortage of car parts from disaster-struck Japan has forced General Motors to temporarily shutter one of its factories in the United States, the firm said Thursday. Production at an assembly plant in the southern state of Louisiana will halt for one week “due to a parts shortage…

Red Crescent in Libyan aid effort overstretched: EU

SOFIA – The Red Crescent, which is the only humanitarian aid organisation currently on the ground in Libya, is already overstretched and facing a severe shortage of medical supplies, EU’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said Thursday. “What particularly worries us is that with the exception of the local organisation…

Egypt unrest causes fuel shortage in Gaza Strip

GAZA (Reuters) – Gaza Strip residents flocked to petrol stations on Saturday after clashes in neighboring Egypt hampered smugglers ferrying fuel supplies through tunnels that run under the border into the enclave, witnesses said. Merchants and tunnellers said the pace of smuggling of fuel and other materials had dropped in…

Oklahoma to use animal drugs to execute humans

WASHINGTON — Faced with a national shortage of a key drug used for lethal injections, Oklahoma now hopes to turn to an anesthetic used to put down animals and is awaiting a court ruling on the issue. For months now, several US states have struggled to find supplies of sodium…

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