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Over 1500 people have been killed since early July, with an estimated 70% being civilians. There is a 72 hour humanitarian cease fire currently in place, being brokered by the Egyptians. So far, both sides are honoring it. The peace negotiations will take place in Egypt, with the Egyptians acting as intermediaries. Neither side in the conflict will speak with each other during the negotiations. There is a lot of history here and my synopsis doesn't even begin to cover it.
Learn more here: Aljazeera/America
Also here: Crisis in Israel from CNN
Here too: Israel, The Guardian UK
information sources: CNN, Aljazeera, International Business Times, The Guardian
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Ludian county in China this past Sunday. It has taken the lives of 589 people and considered to be the deadliest quake in the past four years. More than 80,000 homes collapsed and 230,000 people were evacuated. 2,400 people were injured during the quake in the southern farming region. According to the International Business Times, Colonel Feng, a military officer said, "There are a lot of people that we may never be able to dig out, but there is still hope." Relief goods and volunteers have flooded the area, many from the general public offering help and bringing supplies.
This isn't the first time a massive quake has hit the area. In 1970, a 7.7 magnitude quake took the lives of more than 15,000 people. In 2012 another series of earthquakes left 81 people dead.
Click here for more info: Earthquake in China, CNN
information sources: CNN, The New York Times, Huffington Post
The deadly disease Ebola, has claimed more than 880 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Hundreds of people are being infected at an unusually higher rate. An American doctor who was in Siberia treating victims, contracted the disease and is now fighting for his own life. The disease causes massive internal bleeding. Right now, there is only an experimental serum that could possibly help improve the symptoms. Dr. Kent Brantly, was flown from Siberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, to be treated for Ebola. He is one of three patients in the U.S. being treated for the disease. It is not transmittable through air, but through the blood stream.
For more info on the disease click here: Greg Laden on Ebola
information sources: CNN, scienceblogs.com, Greg Laden's blog, Samaritan's Purse
A 24 year old, single mom, wins $66 million dollars in the lottery.
Click here to read the story: Lottery Winner, Huff Post