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Baghdad (AFP) Oct 14, 2012
Authorities in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region said on Sunday that a fresh outbreak of cholera that left four people dead, the second in five years, has been brought under control.
A total of 272 confirmed cases were diagnosed, including 31 children, with the vast majority of the overall figure in Sulaimaniyah, one of three provinces that make up Iraqi Kurdistan.
"Measures are ongoing to treat the remaining cases, and we can say that this disease is now under control and the situation back to normal," Kurdish regional health minister Raykot Hama Rashid said on his government's official website.
At least nine people died of the disease in Sulaimaniyah in 2007.
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International groups urge Francophone nations to fight AIDS
Kinshasa (AFP) Oct 12, 2012
About 50 non-governmental organisations on Friday urged the French-speaking nations holding a summit in Kinshasa at the weekend to "make concrete commitments" to fight AIDS in Africa. "This 14th summit of the Francophonie (group of mainly former French colonies) should be an opportunity for governments of Francophone countries to make concrete commitments in the face of an epidemic that cont ... read more
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