2020-04-07: News Headlines

Monica Zahreddine, Marie-Hélène Mayrand, Christian Therrien, Andrea Trevisan, Carole Dagenais, Patricia Monnier, Louise Laporte, Joseph Niyibizi, Catherine Deshaies, Ana Maria Carceller, William Fraser, Paul Brassard, Jacques Lacroix, Marie-Josée Bédard, Isabelle Girard, Franàßois Audibert, Franàßois Coutlée, Helen Trottier (2020-04-07). [Research Paper] Antibodies to human papillomavirus types 6, 11, 16 and 18: Vertical transmission and clearance in children up to two years of age. thelancet.com Background: There is a paucity of data on the dynamics of human papillomavirus (HPV) antibodies in children. We aimed to describe the vertical transmission and clearance of antibodies against HPV6, 11, 16 and 18 in children.Methods: We used data from pregnant women recruited into the HERITAGE cohort study between 2009 and 2012 who were positive for HPV-DNA at baseline. Dried blood spots were collected during the first trimester in pregnant participants, and at birth, 6, 12, and 24 months of age in children.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-04-07). Colombia's ambassador to Uruguay resigns after 'surprise' criminal probe into cocaine lab on family estate. colombiareports.com Colombia's ambassador to Uruguay resigned on Monday after expressing surprise he was being investigated over a cocaine laboratory found on one of his family's estates. The office of President Ivan…

WSWS (2020-04-07). COVID-19 pandemic threatens millions in war-torn Libya and Syria. wsws.org Imperialist wars and proxy conflicts costing hundreds of thousands of lives have destroyed infrastructure critical to fight the spread of coronavirus.

yenisafak (2020-04-07). Vietnam donates 550,000 masks to EU countries in coronavirus fight. yenisafak.com Vietnam donated 550,000 face masks to five European countries on Tuesday to support their fight against the coronavirus that has killed more than 75,000 people worldwide.The masks, made of antimicrobial fabric, were handed to the ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain in Hanoi, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Vietnam, which has reported 245 coronavirus cases, with no deaths, said it has also donated masks and other medical equipment to other countries, including China, Cambodia and Laos.The Southeast Asian country last week asked its mask producers to step up their production to make 5…

news.un (2020-04-06). Syria: Warring parties failed to abide by international law over hospital attacks. news.un.org Parties to Syria's brutal civil war, now in its tenth year, failed to abide by their obligations under international law to avoid attacks on hospitals and other civilian facilities that featured on the UN's so-called deconfliction list, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.

John Nichols (2020-04-06). Wisconsin's In-Person Voting Threatens Health and Democracy. thenation.com Wisconsin's In-Person Voting Threatens Health and Democracy…

Emily Apple (2020-04-05). One NATO country is using the coronavirus as a weapon of war. thecanary.co Across the world, countries are struggling to deal with coronavirus (Covid-19). But one NATO country, Turkey, is using the pandemic as a weapon of war and a tool of repression. | Both domestically and in its war in the North East of Syria (aka Rojava), the Turkish state is seizing the opportunity of coronavirus to continue its war against majority Kurdish communities. | Cutting off water supplies during a pandemic: | On 3 April, Kurdistan 24

John Nichols (2020-04-04). 'We Will Not Sit Back and Let Transit Workers Be Treated Like Cannon Fodder'. thenation.com 'We Will Not Sit Back and Let Transit Workers Be Treated Like Cannon Fodder'

Agha Hussain (2020-04-03). Erdogan's Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey. mintpressnews.com Turkey has found itself as a historic diplomatic crossroads following its military blunder in Syria. Now, wounded and humiliated, it faces a choice between neighborly detente or escalating its NATO-backed aggression in Syria.

news.un (2020-04-02). COVID-19 crisis 'unlike any we have dealt with', as new tragedy looms for Syria. news.un.org The risk of the COVID-19 pandemic having a devastating impact on war-torn Syria is intensifying, where six million are displaced, living in conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the deadly virus, the Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the UN Special Envoy to Syria warned on Thursday.

Kaja M Abbas, Kevin van Zandvoort, Marc Brisson, Mark Jit (2020-02-24). [Articles] Effects of updated demography, disability weights, and cervical cancer burden on estimates of human papillomavirus vaccination impact at the global, regional, and national levels: a PRIME modelling study. thelancet.com HPV vaccination provides greater health benefits and is more cost-effective than was previously estimated. The demography update, which incorporates population aging, has the largest effect on the health impact estimates. The WHO African region is expected to gain the greatest health benefits and should be prioritised for HPV vaccination.

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Middle East Eye (2020-02-06). Turkey Gives Assad Deadline to Pull Back or Face Military Action. theantimedia.com Turkey has given the Syrian government until the end of this month to withdraw from recently seized territory in Idlib province.

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[Research Paper] Antibodies to human papillomavirus types 6, 11, 16 and 18: Vertical transmission and clearance in children up to two years of age
Monica Zahreddine, Marie-Hélène Mayrand, Christian Therrien, Andrea Trevisan, Carole Dagenais, Patricia Monnier, Louise Laporte, Joseph Niyibizi, Catherine Deshaies, Ana Maria Carceller, William Fraser, Paul Brassard, Jacques Lacroix, Marie-Josée Bédard, Isabelle Girard, Franàßois Audibert, Franàßois Coutlée, Helen Trottier | thelancet.com | 2020-04-07
Background: There is a paucity of data on the dynamics of human papillomavirus (HPV) antibodies in children. We aimed to describe the vertical transmission and clearance of antibodies against HPV6, 11, 16 and 18 in children.Methods: We used data from pregnant women recruited into the HERITAGE cohort study between 2009 and 2012 who were positive for HPV-DNA at baseline. Dried blood spots were collected during the first trimester in pregnant participants, and at birth, 6, 12, and 24 months of age in children.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30078-X/fulltext?rss=yes

Colombia's ambassador to Uruguay resigns after 'surprise' criminal probe into cocaine lab on family estate
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-04-07
Colombia's ambassador to Uruguay resigned on Monday after expressing surprise he was being investigated over a cocaine laboratory found on one of his family's estates. The office of President Ivan…
colombiareports.com/colombias-ambassador-to-uruguay-resigns-after-surprise-criminal-probe-into-cocaine-lab-on-family-estate/

COVID-19 pandemic threatens millions in war-torn Libya and Syria
wsws.org | 2020-04-07
Imperialist wars and proxy conflicts costing hundreds of thousands of lives have destroyed infrastructure critical to fight the spread of coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/04/07/lisy-a07.html

Vietnam donates 550,000 masks to EU countries in coronavirus fight
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-07
Vietnam donated 550,000 face masks to five European countries on Tuesday to support their fight against the coronavirus that has killed more than 75,000 people worldwide.The masks, made of antimicrobial fabric, were handed to the ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain in Hanoi, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Vietnam, which has reported 245 coronavirus cases, with no deaths, said it has also donated masks and other medical equipment to other countries, including China, Cambodia and Laos.The Southeast Asian country last week asked its mask producers to step up their production to make 5…
yenisafak.com/en/world/vietnam-donates-550000-masks-to-eu-countries-in-coronavirus-fight-3516214

Syria: Warring parties failed to abide by international law over hospital attacks
news.un.org | 2020-04-06
Parties to Syria's brutal civil war, now in its tenth year, failed to abide by their obligations under international law to avoid attacks on hospitals and other civilian facilities that featured on the UN's so-called deconfliction list, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1061192

Wisconsin's In-Person Voting Threatens Health and Democracy
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-04-06
Wisconsin's In-Person Voting Threatens Health and Democracy…
thenation.com/article/politics/wisconsin-covid-primary-election/

One NATO country is using the coronavirus as a weapon of war
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2020-04-05
Across the world, countries are struggling to deal with coronavirus (Covid-19). But one NATO country, Turkey, is using the pandemic as a weapon of war and a tool of repression. | Both domestically and in its war in the North East of Syria (aka Rojava), the Turkish state is seizing the opportunity of coronavirus to continue its war against majority Kurdish communities. | Cutting off water supplies during a pandemic: | On 3 April, Kurdistan 24 reported that: Shelling by Turkish-backed armed groups on Thursday caused severe…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/04/05/one-nato-country-is-using-the-coronavirus-as-a-weapon-of-war/

'We Will Not Sit Back and Let Transit Workers Be Treated Like Cannon Fodder'
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-04-04
'We Will Not Sit Back and Let Transit Workers Be Treated Like Cannon Fodder'…
thenation.com/article/activism/public-transportation-worker-covid/

Erdogan's Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey
Agha Hussain | mintpressnews.com | 2020-04-03
Turkey has found itself as a historic diplomatic crossroads following its military blunder in Syria. Now, wounded and humiliated, it faces a choice between neighborly detente or escalating its NATO-backed aggression in Syria.
mintpressnews.com/erdogans-idlib-misadventure-reality-checks-hard-lessons-turkey/266275/

COVID-19 crisis 'unlike any we have dealt with', as new tragedy looms for Syria
news.un.org | 2020-04-02
The risk of the COVID-19 pandemic having a devastating impact on war-torn Syria is intensifying, where six million are displaced, living in conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the deadly virus, the Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the UN Special Envoy to Syria warned on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1060952