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Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threat

Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threatSoon the dog’s handler discovered and confiscated a ham sandwich in the purse of a passenger who had flown on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai. China has lost millions of pigs in outbreaks of the disease, pushing its pork prices to record highs, forcing purchases of costly imports and roiling global meat markets. Bettie is among an expanded team of specially trained beagles at U.S. airports, part of a larger effort to protect the nation’s $ 23 billion pork industry from a disease that has decimated China’s hog herd, the world’s largest.



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Burning Man organizers sue over millions in US permit fees

Burning Man organizers sue  over millions in US permit feesBurning Man organizers sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to recover millions of dollars they say the government has overcharged them in fees over the past seven years at the counter-culture celebration in the Nevada desert. Black Rock City LLC, the nonprofit that produces the annual Burning Man event, filed the lawsuit Dec. 13 in U.S. District Court in Washington. Organizers told the Reno Gazette Journal they’re tired of waiting over the past four years for the bureau to provide justification for the nearly $ 3 million it charges annually for a permit to hold the 80,000-person event in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno.



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Pakistan's Khan says millions of Muslim refugees could flee India

Pakistan's Khan says millions of Muslim refugees could flee IndiaPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that millions of Muslims could flee India due to the curfew in the disputed territory of Kashmir and India’s new citizenship law, creating “a refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises”. “Our country will not be able to accommodate more refugees,” he added, urging the world to “step in now”.



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Millions of children exposed as flu spreads following vaccine delays

Millions of children exposed as flu spreads following vaccine delaysMillions of children are at risk of flu amid a drop in uptake of vaccinations, after deliveries were delayed, officials have warned.  New figures show the number of people hospitalised because of flu has tripled in a fortnight, with the virus spreading before many of the most vulnerable have been protected.  Last night health officials urged parents to come forward and ensure children receive vaccinations. They are particularly alarmed by low uptake among toddlers, dubbed “super-spreaders” because they tend to pass on the virus to high numbers of people, including elderly grandparents.  Officials also warned that winter vomiting bug is on the rise, with twice as many hospital beds closed as this time last year.  Hospitals in England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds over the last week due to norovirus. The new flu figures show uptake of the nasal vaccine among two-year-olds is just 25.5 per cent, compared with 34.9 per cent this time last  year. And just 24.4 per cent of three-year-olds have received the vaccine, compared with 35.7 per cent at this time in last year’s season. The latest weekly data from Public Health England show the hospitalisation rate from flu is now at “moderate intensity” – 4.3 admissions per 100,000 people, up from 1.4 admissions per 100,000 two weeks before.  Manufacturers have been beset by delays delivering the vaccine, as a result of problems testing it.    Health advice | What should I do if I feel the flu coming on? As a result, schools were last month told to cancel vaccinations, with GPs urged to prioritise toddlers and the sickest children.  Health officials said the dealys were now resolved, and urged parents to take any unvaccinated toddlers to their doctor.  Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal, Head of Flu, Public Health England said: "Flu season has now started and so it’s really important that people get their flu vaccine as soon as possible to ensure they are protected against this potentially very serious illness. The initial evidence suggests the vaccine is a good match for the main strain of flu that is circulating. “Vaccination uptake in toddlers is lower than we would hope for at this point in the year due to previous delays in delivery of the vaccine, which are now resolved. If you have children aged two to three go to your GP to get them vaccinated now.”



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PHOTOS: Millions in Indian capital endure 'eye-burning' smog

PHOTOS: Millions in Indian capital endure 'eye-burning' smogA poisonous haze envelops New Delhi every winter, caused by vehicle fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from agricultural burning in neighboring states. "Eyes are burning. (AFP) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.



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California fires, rising seas: Millions of climate refugees will dwarf Dust Bowl by 2100

California fires, rising seas: Millions of climate refugees will dwarf Dust Bowl by 2100An environmental crisis in the early 1900s created 'Dust Bowl refugees.' Today's climate crisis is much bigger and will last for decades, not years.



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Indian capital Delhi diverts flights and restricts cars as millions endure 'eye-burning' smog

Indian capital Delhi diverts flights and restricts cars as millions endure 'eye-burning' smogNew Delhi banned half the Indian capital's private cars from its roads on Monday as the megacity's 20 million people spluttered with stinging eyes in the worst pollution in three years. As smog levels exceeded those of Beijing by more than three times, authorities also parked a van with an air purifier near the Taj Mahal – the iconic 17th-century marble mausoleum 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of Delhi - in a bid to clean the air in its surroundings, the Press Trust of India reported. With the pollution causing a rush of respiratory complaints at hospitals and the diversion of 37 flights on Sunday, a new law came into effect restricting cars from the capital's roads to alternative days, depending on if their number plate ends in an odd or even number. More than 600 police teams were deployed at road intersections in the capital with the power to hand out fines of 4,000 rupees (£44) to transgressors Exempt from the restrictions were Delhi's seven million motorbikes and scooters, public transport and cars carrying only women, stoking criticism that the measures were ineffective. The toxic smog is visible over the old quarter of Delhi Credit: Javed Sultan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images "There is smoke everywhere and people, including youngsters, kids, elderly are finding it difficult to breathe," Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a Twitter video. "Eyes are burning. Pollution is that bad." Construction was banned temporarily late last week in the world's most polluted capital city, while schools have been closed until Wednesday, with the city government handing out free pollution masks to children. "I have a headache every day I wake up. It's suffocating to breathe sometimes. And inflammation in the nostrils and all. And eyes also. Like it kind of burns," Ankusha Kushi, a student, told AFP. As Delhiites woke up on Monday, levels of particulates measuring less than 2.5 microns – so tiny they enter deep into the respiratory tract – were at 613 micrograms per cubic metre of air, according to the US embassy in Delhi. The government will distribute pollution masks to all Delhi school students Credit:  RAJAT GUPTA/EPA-EFE/REX The World Health Organisation's recommended safe daily maximum is a reading of 25. In central Delhi, the state air quality institute rated levels of the tiny particulates – which can be deadly over the long term – as "severe". Bollywood megastar Priyanka Chopra Jonas posted a selfie in pollution mask on Instagram and said it was "hard to shoot" in Delhi. "I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless," she posted. A man wearing a pollution mask sweeps a street with a broom in the old quarters of New Delhi  Credit: LAURENE BECQUART/AFP via Getty Images Fourteen Indian cities including the capital are among the world's top 15 most polluted cities, according to the World Health Organization. One study last year said that a million Indians died prematurely every year as a result. With a state election due in Delhi in early 2020, the crisis has also become a casualty of political bickering, with each side blaming the other. Mr Kejriwal, who likened Delhi to a "gas chamber" on Friday, said the city had done its part to curb pollution and that the burning of wheat stubble residue on farms outside the capital had to be stopped.



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California state-wide emergency declared as wildfire forces 200,000 to flee and leaves millions without power

California state-wide emergency declared as wildfire forces 200,000 to flee and leaves millions without powerCalifornia‘s governor has declared a state-wide emergency, ordering nearly 200,000 people to flee from the threat of wildfires fuelled by ferocious winds.Millions of people were left without power as hurricane-force winds whipped through the state.



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Millions face power cuts as California fires spread

Millions face power cuts as California fires spreadCalifornian officials warned Saturday that “extreme” wind conditions were set to fan wildfires across the north of the US state as residents were ordered to evacuate and millions faced power cuts. About 50,000 people were ordered to flee their homes in Sonoma county, north of San Francisco, as the Kincade Fire spread to cover 25,455 acres (10,300 hectares) after breaking out on Wednesday. The blaze, which is burning in remote steep terrain, threatens 23,500 structures and had already forced the evacuation of the small community of Geyserville and nearby vineyard operations.



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Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prison

Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prisonA group of Detroit-area men opened bank accounts to move millions of dollars to Yemen, their war-torn native country. One by one, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn declined to send them to prison, despite guidelines that call for a few years or more behind bars. The Detroit area is believed to have the highest U.S. population of Yemenis, a demographic that has risen amid war in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands of people and left millions more with food and health care shortages.



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