Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis

A relative holds Nurfasa at a village in MaungdawBy Paul Mooney and Thin Lei Win INN DIN Myanmar (Reuters) - Visitors to the medical facility in one of Myanmar's poorest and most remote regions are greeted by a padlocked gate and a sign reading: "Clinic closed until further notice." A vehicle that used to ferry around doctors and patients parked next to the neat compound of bamboo and brick buildings in the western state of Rakhine is covered in thick dust. Since international aid groups were forced out of the area in February and March, members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community who relied on them say basic health care services have all but disappeared. Worst affected are those in Northern Rakhine State (NRS), home to most of Myanmar's 1.3 million Rohingya who are stalked by sickness and malnourishment and as yet untouched by reforms under a semi-civilian government which took power in 2011.



South African race track lives on; Porsche buys

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.
Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, a watch tower overlooks the area near the Polish intelligence school just outside of Stare Kiejkuty, Poland. The installation had become the focal point of allegations of secret CIA prisons in Poland. Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday, July 24, 2014, that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture. ( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.



Record North America profit boosts Ford results; shares rise

A man walks past new Ford car at Jacob Javits Convention Center during New York International Auto Show in New YorkBy Bernie Woodall DEARBORN Mich. (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co reported second-quarter operating earnings that beat expectations thanks to record profit in North America, boosting its shares more than 1 percent in early trading. Pretax profit in North America of $2.44 billion and the company's first profit in Europe in three years offset weaker-than-expected results in Asia Pacific and South America. Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said lower costs boosted the company's performance in North America. The company's operating margin in North America improved to 11.6 percent, from 10.6 percent a year ago.



France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

This photo taken on Friday, May 16, 2014 shows an MD-83 aircraft in the livery of Swiftair landing at Zaventem Airport Brussels. An Air Algerie flight carrying over 100 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said. Air Algerie Flight 5017 was being operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, the company said in a statement. The Spanish pilots' union said the plane belonged to Swiftair and it was operated by a Spanish crew. (AP Photo/Kevin Cleynhens)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.





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