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08 Oct 2014 description

Firestone Acted Early to Keep Virus in Check Within Its Confines

FIRESTONE, Liberia—As Ebola exploded here this year, a rubber farm embarked on a crash course on how to tame an epidemic that has killed thousands of people and derailed governments across West Africa.

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27 Aug 2014 description

Agency Struggles to Attract Funds Amid Doubts Over Pyongyang's Intentions


SEOUL—The United Nations' food assistance agency says it may have to stop operating in North Korea because of a lack of funding, as donors continue to shy away from the rogue state.

07 Jul 2014 description

MANILA, The Philippines—Soon, text-crazy Filipinos will get alerts in their mobile inboxes that read something like this: A strong typhoon is approaching the eastern coast of the Philippines, please exercise caution and contact your local disaster office for more information.

The alerts are part of a new law signed by President Benigno Aquino III that requires telecommunications service providers to send warning messages at regular intervals in the event of impending storms, typhoons, tsunami or other calamities.

11 Nov 2013 description

Software provides teams with data-driven map of what they should be doing and where


Updated Nov. 10, 2013 10:45 a.m. ET

In disasters like the typhoon that slammed into the Philippines, sifting through a barrage of confusing and conflicting on-the-ground reports is one of the first problems facing rescue teams. Social-media sites such as Twitter and Facebook can make matters worse. All too often, users recycle what others have posted or retweeted without adding any fresh information.

04 May 2006 description

(This article was originally published in The Wall Street Journal on May 4, 2006)