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Conjoined twins die in Yemen due to lack of medical equipment

Conjoined twins die in Yemen due to lack of medical equipmentConjoined twin boys born under blockade in Yemen nearly three weeks ago died on Saturday after attempts to secure a potentially life-saving evacuation failed.  In a statement carried by the Houthi-run Saba news, the health ministry said the twins’ deaths reflected the humanitarian situation Yemen's children are facing as a result of the war. The boys’ plight and the flurry of international media it generated has cast the politics of Yemen’s war and their human cost into stark relief. Abdelkhaleq and Abdelkarim were born in Houthi-controlled Sanaa, at a hospital so woefully underequipped after years of bombardment and blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that doctors could perform an MRI. The twins’ doctors had begged for them to be evacuated to a hospital equipped to give them life-saving treatment.  "They need to travel immediately. They will not be able to survive in Yemen under the social, political and economic circumstances in this country,” said Dr Faisal al-Balbali, the head of the neonatal unit at al-Thawra hospital in Sanaa. But Yemen’s airspace is controlled by the Saudi-led coalition and, following Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, no civilian flights have taken off from Sanaa since 2015. The only flights permitted in and out are those operated by the United Nations. Despite offers from a Saudi organisation, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works, to provide the needed medical care, no way around the blockade was found. Yemen’s nearly four-year war has seen the country brought to the brink of starvation, its infrastructure destroyed, as Iran-backed Houthi rebels battle the Saudi-led coalition which aims to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by the Houthis in 2014. UN-led peace talks re-started in December 2018 and aim to implement a ceasefire and military withdrawal in Red Sea port city Hodeidah, and to reopen Sanaa airport.



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Gov. Gavin Newsom suing Huntington Beach over lack of low-income housing

Gov. Gavin Newsom suing Huntington Beach over lack of low-income housingNewly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom is using a new law to sue the city of Huntington Beach over a lack of low-income housing.



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LaGuardia airport closed to incoming flights due to lack of air traffic controllers in shutdown

LaGuardia airport closed to incoming flights due to lack of air traffic controllers in shutdownOne of New York City's main airports has been partially shut by federal authorities, owing to a lack of air traffic controllers during the government shutdown. LaGuardia airport, which serves 30 million passengers a year, was ordered to reduce its service due to a lack of staff. Authorities have implemented a "ground delay" programme, meaning that planes leaving the airport face serious delays of 60-90 minutes. Flights which are yet to take off to the airport have been halted. Flights mid-air were still able to land. The federal aviation authority (FAA) says the delay is only temporary, to deal with the problem. “There is a traffic management programme in effect for traffic arriving LaGuardia Airport,” the FAA said. “This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 41 minutes.” The stop was ordered shortly before 10 am as the partial government shutdown has entered its 35th day. A shortage of workers at an air traffic control facility in the Washington DC area prompted the agency to order a ground stop at LaGuardia, one of the country’s busiest transportation hubs. A day before, airline executives warned that the shutdown was pushing aviation to "tipping point". Flights out of Philadelphia and Newark were also delayed owing to shortages. The government shutdown, amid a row over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall, is now in its 35th day, with no end in sight. #FAA Statement: Staffing Update pic.twitter.com/CMVcyTNSz5— The FAA (@FAANews) January 25, 2019 Airport security staff have been calling in sick to avoid working without pay. Some employees have been asked to work overtime to make up for the staff shortages, but there are legal requirements for breaks and rest between shifts. Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, wrote to Mr Trump on Friday demanding that he reopen the government due to growing security risks at airports. Mr Cuomo, a strong critic of the president, said that the reduction of services and personnel in airports, including the mass amount of TSA officers calling in absent from work, and the amount of unpaid traffic air traffic controllers, is jeopardizing safety. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, has strongly criticised the shutdown "As the home of the 9/11 attacks, New York knows all too well how important security is at our airports," Mr Cuomo wrote.  "Yet the government shutdown that you have created and are perpetuating is putting our travelers and public safety at risk.   "Because of the shutdown that has continued for 35 days, airport personnel dedicated to ensuring the safety of our airports and air travel are missing their second pay checks. As a result, airports across the country, including hubs like JFK and LaGuardia, have seen a rise in the number of personnel calling out of work because of financial limitations. "These hard-working men and women play a critical role in keeping our communities safe, and they deserve the support of our federal government."



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Government shutdown: FBI officials fear investigations being harmed by lack of funding

Government shutdown: FBI officials fear investigations being harmed by lack of fundingAt federal law enforcement agencies from the FBI to the DEA to Customs and Border Protection and others, the frustration about having missed a pay-check last week because of the partial government shutdown is growing into fear and anger amid signs the lack of funds is affecting investigations. The government shutdown, the longest in American history, has dragged down morale across federal agencies as tens of thousands of workers are required to show up with no idea when their pay will resume. Most travel and training among the law enforcement agencies has been cancelled.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticises lack of diversity among CBS journalists covering 2020 election

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticises lack of diversity among CBS journalists covering 2020 electionThe newly sworn in congresswoman responded to a tweet from CBS producer Ben Mitchell which announced the team covering the upcoming election and published their headshots. The Democrat, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district, said: “This WH admin has made having a functional understanding of race in America one of the most important core competencies for a political journalist to have.



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Many Floridians Still Lack Cell Service After Hurricane Michael

Many Floridians Still Lack Cell Service After Hurricane MichaelThe Federal Communications Commission head said he plans to investigate the



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More Than 500 Law Professors Condemn Kavanaugh For ‘Lack Of Judicial Temperament’

More Than 500 Law Professors Condemn Kavanaugh For ‘Lack Of Judicial Temperament’More than 500 law professors from nearly 100 law schools around the nation



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Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warns

Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warnsA study in the journal Pediatrics links lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It found that less than a third of kids get the recommended amount of sleep.



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RFK's daughter contrasts his 'moral imagination' to Trump's lack of one

RFK's daughter contrasts his 'moral imagination' to Trump's lack of one“Peace and justice and compassion towards those who suffer — that’s what the United States should stand for,” Kerry Kennedy said. “Imagine a politician, a serious presidential contender standing up and saying that.”



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Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic services

Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic servicesSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.



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