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Crack baby myth goes up in smoke

PHILADELPHIA – From the moment she was born, much of the country assumed Jaimee Drakewood was doomed. Her mother had her in the throes of a crack cocaine addiction. She was, as the politicians dubbed it, a crack baby. “I immediately get defensive,” Drakewood, now 25, says about hearing the …

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Healing Cameroonians Chinese style

Patients receive acupuncture treatment

Yaounde, Cameroon – On the day Hu Guang was supposed to fly back home to China’s Si Cuan Cheng Du province, she checked the weather. The forecast? Heavy snow and frigid temperatures. That’s the day Huang decided to remain in the dependably warm African country of Cameroon, with its mountainous landscapes and sunny …

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Ebola-related deaths pass 10,000 mark

Sierra Leone authorities reported a worrying spike in infections

The tally of Ebola-related deaths has passed the grim milestone of 10,000, mostly in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. The UN health agency said on Thursday that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone alone had reported 10,004 confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the virus since the beginning of the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak …

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Gaza fishermen: A life under attack

Gaza City – Abu Mohammad el-Hissi spent his whole life working on fishing boats before eventually becoming head of the Gaza-based Palestinian Fishermen’s Society. Due to the eight-year Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza, the 70-year-old Hissi says Palestinian fishermen can no longer make a decent living. “This work isn’t enough to …

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