by PRIYANKA BOGHANI
ISIS had more than two years to dig into Mosul before Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Iraq’s second-largest city last October. In that period, ISIS fighters knocked holes into the walls between neighboring houses, so that they could move without being targeted by airstrikes. By the time the offensive began, ISIS had turned the holes into booby-traps.
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by NICOLE EINBINDER
By Michael Holtz, Staff writer
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On a cool spring day last year, Dorje Lama was playing soccer at the brick kiln where he worked when the ground began to shake. It turned out to be a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, one of the worst in Nepal’s history, which would claim the lives of 9,000 people and lurch Kathmandu 10 feet south.
“We here in Afghanistan, we see all the fighters. We learn from them,” says the 17-year-old Afghan boy, holding a gun and swaying back-and-forth. He doesn’t make eye contact as he speaks. “God willing, we want to be like them.”
His name is Naimatullah, and he says he has been trained to carry out a suicide mission. He even has a target, a local pro-Afghan government warlord that his commander wants to kill.
BY: TALEA MILLER
The intensity of light shining from cities at night could help identify hot spots where outbreaks of infectious disease are likely to take place.
A team of researchers tracked satellite images of three cities in Niger and found that fluctuations in nighttime brightness were strongly correlated to measles incidence, according to results published in this week's Science.
Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition among children in Latin America, and the health consequences continue on through adulthood.
BY TALEA MILLER
Kayla is months away from her fifth birthday and weighs just 18 pounds, about half what a girl her age should by World Health Organization standards.
She suffers from chronic malnutrition and can barely move. Even breathing appears difficult.
A 38 day nightmare is over for an American pilot and two other Red Cross workers who were taken hostage in the Central African nation of Sudan. Congressman Richardson (D-NM), who has just returned from the war-torn region, successfully negotiated their release with Sudanese rebel leaders. The price: five tons of rice, four Jeeps, nine radios, and a Red Cross health survey of the disease-ridden guerrilla camp.