The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charities in the world, has said that it will pledge $50 million to help fight the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa, which has killed over 2,200 people.
The foundation said in a statement that the money will help international relief groups and national governments "to purchase badly needed supplies and scale up emergency operations in affected countries."
It will also "work with public and private sector partners to accelerate the development of therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating patients and preventing further transmission of the disease." more >>
The federal government has decided to continue its legal action regarding a lawsuit from a Catholic order seeking an exemption from the Health and Human Services Department's contraception mandate.
In a "supplemental brief for the government" filed Monday in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the government decided it will continue to defend the mandate against a suit by the Little Sisters of the Poor.
While the most recent cease-fire agreement between Russia and the Ukrainian government proved to be short-lived over the weekend, a network of pastors in the United States vow to help the region receive humanitarian aid.
"After visiting troubled Ukraine, leaders of the American Pastors Network have taken a tangible step forward in getting help to the regions hit hardest by the recent political, cultural and economic upheaval," officials with the group said on Monday.
APN International Projects Coordinator, Pastor Dale Armstrong, who recently returned from Ukraine, says the most immediate need there is humanitarian aid, including water purification tablets and individual medical kits for each soldier. more >>
President Barack Obama announced Sunday that he will be sending members of the U.S. military to West Africa to help in the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which has claimed over 2,100 lives.
"We're going to have to get U.S. military assets just to set up, for example, isolation units and equipment there to provide security for public health workers surging from around the world," Obama said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The president insisted that the situation in West Africa remains a serious national security concern. International medical organizations such as Doctors Without Borders have reportedly petitioned to the White House and explained the urgency of the outbreak. more >>
As ISIS continues to pose a menace to religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Christians from the region have spoken with horror about what the terrorist group is doing to their communities.
Auday P. Arabo, lay spokesman for the St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese, told The New York Times that Iraqi Christians are calling it "a slow-motion genocide."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden has said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "spiraling out of control." The death toll has climbed over 1,900, while the United Nations warned that $600 million will be needed in supplies to tackle the crisis.
Frieden noted that a number of countries have "turned their backs" on those coming from the countries that have been hit hardest by the outbreak, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Added to that are the restrictions on flights and border crossings that have been established, which were designed to contain the spread, but are also hindering relief efforts.