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  • Eritreans protected after Ikea attack - BBC

    The Ikea store in the Eikslund shopping centre re-opened on Wednesday but police surveillance continued

    Police in central Sweden have increased security at refugee accommodation centres after two Eritrean asylum seekers were arrested on suspicion of murdering two people at an Ikea store.

    Local officials feared a backlash from "dark forces" who wanted to exploit the case, police chief Per Agren said.

    A mother and son died in the knife attack which took place inside an Ikea store in Vasteras on Monday.

    The store has temporarily stopped selling knives following the killings.

    It re-opened on Wednesday and manager Mattias Johansson said he hoped staff and customers could return to "as normal a day as possible".

    Security around the store was stepped up, while police officers also strengthened surveillance at refugee camps in the region, including at the centre where the two suspects live.

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  • Rescue hopes fade for migrants after boat capsizes in Mediterranean

    Seven ships and three helicopters were said to be involved in the rescue

    Search teams in the Mediterranean say they don't expect to find any more survivors from a boat carrying around 600 migrants which sank off Libya.

    Officials initially feared hundreds had drowned but the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said 400 people were rescued.

    The Italian coast guard said 25 bodies have been recovered so far but it is unclear how many people are missing.

    More than 2,000 migrants are said to have died in 2015 trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

    Wednesday's incident occurred when the packed fishing boat ran into rough weather about 15 miles (25km) from Libya's coast.

    A distress call was picked up in Sicily and one of the first ships on the scene was an Irish navy vessel, the LE Niamh. But as she launched her boats, the migrants apparently moved to one side of the fishing boat, causing it to capsize.

    "Those that were on deck would have managed to jump, some of them drowned and some of them were saved," said Martin Xuereb of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station in Malta, one the groups involved in the rescue effort.

    "I think it's unlikely that any additional survivors will be picked up."

    Seven ships as well as helicopters have been involved in the search operation.


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  • WHO: Ebola Vaccine 'Promising'

    World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan addresses the media on WHO's health emergency preparedness and response capacities in Geneva, Switzerland, July 31, 2015.

    Researchers said an experimental Ebola vaccine has shown to be "highly effective" at preventing the deadly disease.

    The World Health Organization said Friday that the vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in trials conducted in Guinea. The British medical journal Lancet has published preliminary results and analyses.

    The new vaccine "may be the silver bullet against Ebola," said Børge Brende, the foreign minister of Norway, one of several countries involved in the trials.

    The Ebola outbreak that swept through West Africa last year has killed more than 11,000 people, most of them in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

    Ebola is one of a number of highly dangerous viruses known as hemorrhagic fevers. There are hopes the new vaccine may be a breakthrough in combating all such diseases.


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  • UN in deal to fight global poverty

    Rich and poor countries have agreed to overhaul global finance for international development and unlock money to end global poverty.

    The United Nations announced the deal on its website following three days of negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    The deal to finance new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be adopted by world leaders in September.

    It also sets ambitious targets to protect the environment and "improve economic opportunity" by 2030.

    "This agreement is a critical step forward in building a sustainable future for all," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on UN's website.

    "The results here in Addis Ababa give us the foundation of a revitalised global partnership for sustainable development that will leave no one behind."

    Seventeen new development goals were agreed, including ending poverty and hunger, ensuring quality education for all, achieving gender equality and making cities safe and environmentally sustainable. It is estimated it will cost more than $3 trillion a year to achieve these goals.

    The goals will also see developing nations generating more domestic tax revenues in order to finance their own development agenda, rather than relying on foreign aid.

    Developing counties will push through measures to improve tax collection and combat tax evasion, as well as money-laundering.


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