Apr 3, 2009
The number of cases of polio last year climbed – and spread into countries where it was previously wiped out — despite an aggressive worldwide effort to eradicate the potentially paralyzing virus in the nations still battling it half a century after the introduction of the polio vaccine.
An estimated 350,000 cases of the disease occurred annually in 1988, when world leaders launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to eliminate the virus in the 125-plus countries where it still existed. By 2006, polio remained endemic to just four countries – Nigeria, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan – and by 2007, the number of reported cases was down to 1,315. But over the next year, infections rose by 26 percent, to 1,655 cases, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Dec 3, 2008 | 2
Last week's deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai that left 171 dead and scores more injured were only the latest in a long string of violent strikes in India. As U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Pakistan urging that country to cooperate with its historic rival's probe into the militant assaults, the University of Maryland released data from its Global Terrorism Database (GTD) showing that there were more than 4,100 terrorist attacks and 12,539 terrorist-related deaths in India between 1970 and 2004 (the latest year for which data is available).
Dec 2, 2008 | 2
As India picks up the pieces of last week's deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, a congressional study warns of a possible bioterror strike in the U.S. by 2013.
In fact, biological weapons–anthrax, Ebola, influenza, and other pathogens–are more likely than nuclear weapons to be used to initiate the attack, according to CNN, which obtained an early copy of the study, which officially released today by the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, chair of the panel created earlier this year to probe the possibility of terrorist hits in the U.S., told CNN that if such an attack were to occur, it would be "9/11 times 10 or a hundred in terms of the number of people who would be killed."
Oct 29, 2008
At least 150 people are dead and hundreds hurt after two strong earthquakes rattled southwest Pakistan this morning.
The first, a magnitude 6.4 quake, was centered 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Quetta at 4:09 this morning (7:09 P.M. Tuesday Eastern time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A second magnitude 6.2 temblor struck in the same spot about 12 hours later, at 4:32 P.M. (7:32 A.M. ET), the agency reports.
"It was a shallow earthquake, which is very destructive," Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, the director general of Pakistan Meteorological Department, said of the first quake, according to The New York Times. "The aftershocks will be felt for a week with more or less the same intensity."
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