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YSPH-led breastfeeding advocacy project to expand globally
Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly: A Guide to Global Scale-Up is expanding to include England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Myanmar and Samoa. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 14, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

What fossils reveal about the spider family tree is far from horrifying | Susannah Lydon
Recent fossils in amber tell us how spiders evolved into their modern groups, but the fossil record for arachnids goes much deeperThe discovery of a100m-year-old spider ancestor with a whip-like tail, bearing a more than slight resemblance to everyone ’s favourite parasitoid alien –the facehugger– gained a lot of media interest last week. Some arachnologists were upset by both the language of fear in the coverage (“creepy” and “horrifying” were popular descriptions) and by some folks expressing a desire to nuke it from orbit. It seems that despite (or perhaps because) of the inten ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Susannah Lydon Tags: Spiders Science Fossils Evolution Biology Environment Source Type: news

PHR Calls on Full Senate to Pass Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today praised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for advancing the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017 (S.2060) and urged the full Senate to pass the bill without delay. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - February 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A safe pregnancy is every woman ’s right: Midwifery care saves lives in Myanmar
FALAM, Myanmar – Ngun Hlei was lucky to have seen a midwife during her third pregnancy. Many women in Myanmar don ’t.“I felt very unwell for many months during that pregnancy. But what could I do? I carried on with my work making snacks for selling at the market,” she explained recently in the rural town of Falam, in north-western Myanmar.“I didn’t stop to think that there could be a serious problem until I saw the midwife,” she added. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

A glimpse in the flora of Southeast Asia puts a spotlight on its conservation
(Pensoft Publishers) Covering only 3 percent of Earth's total land area, four overlapping biodiversity hotspots in South East China -- Indo-Burma, Philippines, Sundaland and Wallacea -- are estimated to be the home of the astonishing 20 to 25 percent of higher plant species in the area. While offering an insight into this extraordinary flora, a new special issue published in the open access journal PhytoKeys, contributes to the total count with seventeen new species from the region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 31, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: “We Should Not Be Seeing Cases of Diphtheria”
Voice from the FieldRohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: “We Should Not Be Seeing Cases of Diphtheria”January 29, 2018A diphtheria outbreak is raging in the refugee camps in the Cox ’s Bazar area of Bangladesh, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya people have settled after fleeing violence and persecution across the border in Myanmar. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Rosie Burton recently returned from Bangladesh, where she spent one month working in a diphtheria treatment center run by the organization. Here, she describes the situation. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - January 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Safety of Rohingya children must be guaranteed, before return to Myanmar – UNICEF
Improved security and unimpeded humanitarian access in Myanmar are essential before Rohingya children can be returned from Bangladesh, a senior official of the United Nations children's agency has said. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - January 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aid Group Shines Spotlight on the Neglected
Families queue up to receive food rations in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo on the 25th November 2012. Rebels claimed control of Goma in eastern DRC, causing thousands of people to flee, many of whom had already been displaced by years of fighting. Credit: CARE/Kate HoltBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 2018 (IPS)Though 2017 was marked by stories of humanitarian disasters around the world, many crises remain under the radar with devastating consequences for those affected, a new report says. While crises from the United States to Myanmar made global headlines, a report by the international aid organization...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Life interrupted: Myanmar teen pregnancy points to need for comprehensive sexuality education
YANGON, Myanmar –Every year, almost 50,000 teenage girls in Myanmar give birth, according to data from the2014 census. Thiri* was one of them. She became pregnant when she was only 15 years old.“My boyfriend and I were in love. We were so close and so sweet to each other. We were happy when we were together,” she told UNFPA.But thepregnancyturned her life upside down. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Rohingya Repatriation Agreement Fails to Address Accountability and Safety Concerns
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today expressed concern over an agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled brutal violence in Myanmar. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New hope for critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey
(Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ)/German Primate Center) Scientists and conservation teams from Fauna& Flora International (FFI), Dali University and the German Primate Center just published a comprehensive conservation status review of one of the world's most threatened primate species, the critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey (also known affectionately as the 'snubby' by scientists, and as the black snub-nosed monkey in China), Rhinopithecus strykeri. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 16, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fate of the Rohingyas – Part Two
Rohingya refugees carry blankets at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 16 2018 (IPS)With discussions underway between Bangladesh and Myanmar about the repatriation of more than a half a million Rohingya refugees, many critical questions remain, including how many people would be allowed back, who would monitor their safety, and whether the refugees even want to return to violence-scorched Rakhine state.A Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was formed on Dec. 19 and tasked with developing a specific instrument on the phys...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Bangladesh Intern Source Type: news

Integration of Frontline Health Workforce Will Determine Success of SDGs, Universal Health Coverage in 2018 and Beyond
January 08, 2018What will it take to offer true  patient-centered care?As 2018 begins with the clock already ticking on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) targets, the heroic, sometimes harrowing, and heartwarming stories of six frontline health workers from four continents delivered on a crisp November evening in Dublin reflect both the promise and the tangled reality of the policy planning and program implementation needed to fulfill the promise of unprecedented global consensus on health and development.What I hope stuck in the minds of thousands of the top global health experts that h...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: UK medics to help tackle diphtheria
British medical staff are travelling to Bangladesh where diphtheria is affecting refugee camps. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rohingyas: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis
Newly arrived Rohingya people wait at an army camp in Sabrang in Teknaf on Nov. 29, 2017 before being shifted to a camp in Cox's Bazar. Credit: Farid Ahmed/IPSBy Farid AhmedCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 16 2017 (IPS)Ferdous Begum was cleaning her child after he had defecated in the open, using leaves she collected from a nearby tree at Bangladesh’s Teknaf Nature Park. The settlement is packed with Rohingya refugees who fled military persecution in Myanmar since August.“Access to water is terrible here,” Begum said. “We’ve only a couple of hand-dug shallow wells and we don’t get enough wat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farid Ahmed Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Bangladesh International Organization Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugees Endure Lingering Trauma
Rubina (far left) along with her friend at the Islamic School at Kutupalong camp, home to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Credit: Farid Ahmed/IPSBy Farid AhmedCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 14 2017 (IPS)Twelve-year-old Rubina still struggles with the horrors she witnessed in her homeland in Myanmar before fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh three months ago.Despite reaching the relative safety of a refugee camp at Kutupalong in Bangladesh’s southeast town of Cox’s Bazar – now home to nearly a million ethnic Rohingya people, mostly women and children, who fled military persecution in Myanmar – Rubina su...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farid Ahmed Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects TerraViva United Nations Bangladesh International Source Type: news

MSF: 6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar crackdown
At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in attacks during the first month of a military crackdown in Myanmar in late August, M édecins Sans Frontières estimates. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MSF: At Least 6,700 Rohingya Killed During Attacks in Myanmar
Press releaseMSF: At Least 6,700 Rohingya Killed During Attacks in MyanmarDecember 14, 2017NEW YORK/AMSTERDAM/PARIS—At least 9,000 members of the ethnic Rohingya minority died—most of them from violence— in Rakhine state, Myanmar, between August 25 and September 24,according to surveys conducted in refugee settlement camps in Bangladesh and released today by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF). (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

MSF: At Least 6,700 Rohingya Killed During Attacks in Myanmar
MSF survey findings demonstrate that the Rohingya people have been targeted by widespread violence at the hands of Myanmar's military, police, and local militias.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

At Least 6,700 Rohingya Killed During Attacks in Myanmar
MSF mortality studies document scope of violence against ethnic minority in the course of “clearance operations” by security forces and local militias.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Forced to Flee from Myanmar
Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh following a campaign of targeted violence against the community that began on August 25, 2017. By the end of 2017, there were more than 646,000 new arrivals at makeshift camps in Bangladesh. They joined thousands of other Rohingya who had fled earlier waves of violence and persecution in Myanmar ’s Rakhine state. The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority who have lived in Myanmar for hundreds of years but were effectively stripped of their citizenship and made stateless in 1982.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh following a campaign of targeted violence against the community that began on August 25, 2017. By the end of 2017, there were more than 646,000 new arrivals at makeshift camps in Bangladesh. They joined thousands of other Rohingya who had fled earlier waves of violence and persecution in Myanmar ’s Rakhine state. The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority who have lived in Myanmar for hundreds of years but were effectively stripped of their citizenship and made stateless in 1982.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya refugees fromMyanmar fled toBangladesh following a campaign of targeted violence against the community that began on August 25, 2017. By the end of 2017, there were more than 646,000 new arrivals at makeshift camps in Bangladesh. They joined thousands of other Rohingya who had fled earlier waves of violence and persecution in Myanmar ’s Rakhine state.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Meet Dracula, the bloodsucking tick which feasted on dinosaurs 99m years ago
An Anglo-Spanish team of fossil hunters has found several perfectly preserved ticks amongst the remains of a feathered dinosaur nestAs if the dinosaurs didn ’t have enough to look out for with volcanic eruptions, fearsome predators stalking the land and a huge, unstoppable asteroid hurtling across space to ruin their day.Now scientists have found that the prehistoric beasts also hadblood-sucking ticks to contend with, having spotted carcasses of the parasites lodged in 99million-year-old lumps of Burmese amber along with material left over from dinosaurs and their nests.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Dinosaurs Evolution Biology Fossils Zoology Source Type: news

Dinosaurs Dealt With Pesky Ticks, Too
Researchers say they've found a 100-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber that contained an extinct type of tick grasping a dinosaur feather. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dinosaurs Dealt With Pesky Ticks, Too
TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 -- Dinosaurs probably didn't do " tick checks, " but even they had to put up with the blood-sucking critters, a piece of fossilized amber reveals. Researchers say they've found a 100-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 12, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New study finds smokeless tobacco causes mouth cancer, with more than half off all cases occurring in Asia
One thing you can rely on about tobacco: It’s bound to give you cancer if you put it in your body. Most of you may think that statement only applies to smoking tobacco. However, a study in Myanmar puts chewing tobacco in the same category. A recent study has discovered that almost all cases of mouth cancer... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UN stepping up support to diphtheria vaccination campaign for Rohingya children in Bangladesh
A United Nations-backed campaign to immunize Rohingya children against diphtheria began on Tuesday in Bangladesh, following an outbreak that has resulted in nine deaths in the camps and makeshift settlements hosting these refugees from Myanmar. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women (Part Two)
A Rohingya woman and her child at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Kamrul Hasan/IPSBy Sohara Mehroze ShachiCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 8 2017 (IPS)Under pouring rain, hundreds of young and expectant mothers stand in line. With her bare feet and the bottom of her dress covered in mud, Rashida is one of them, clutching her emaciated infant. She lost her husband on the treacherous trek from Myanmar to Bangladesh, and with nowhere to go and her resources exhausted, rain-drenched and standing in this long, muddy line for food and medicine for her child is her only hope.Rohingya women line up for aid. Credit: Sohara Mehroz...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sohara Mehroze Shachi Tags: Aid Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Bangladesh Humanitarian Aid International Organization for M Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women – Part One
Rohingya women of Balukhali camp embarking on the trek to the toilets. Credit: Umer Aiman Khan/IPSBy Sohara Mehroze ShachiCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 7 2017 (IPS)Afia* lines up her bucket every morning in the refugee camp for water delivery from humanitarian relief workers. On one particularly sweltering day, she kept four water pitchers in a row with gaps between them, hoping to insert another empty container in the space when the water arrived.When another refugee saw this, she kicked away Afia’s pitchers, and a raging quarrel broke out. That night, the woman’s local boyfriend attacked Afia in her house, kic...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sohara Mehroze Shachi Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Bangladesh Internati Source Type: news

As Rohingya refugee crisis escalates, women emerge as front-line responders
COX ’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The border between Bangladesh and Myanmar is the site of the world ’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Over620,000 Rohingya refugeesfrom neighbouring Rakhine State in Myanmar have arrived in Cox ’s Bazar District in just three months.With more refugees arriving every day, settlements are overflowing. The concentration of refugees is now among the densest globally. And more than half the arrivals are women and girls. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Myanmar's opium crop plummets, but no victory over Asia's narco-boom: U.N.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A "dramatic" drop in opium cultivation in Myanmar underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Rohingya Exodus Is a “Major Global Humanitarian Emergency”
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing (right) visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of IOMBy Naimul HaqDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 5 2017 (IPS)In less than four months, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar to seek safety across the border in Bangladesh. They are now crowded into camps across a stretch of 30 kms in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern coastal region of the small South Asian nation.The UN migration agency, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has appealed to the international community for urgent funds. Over 344 million dollars was pledged recently...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Bangladesh humanitarian relief Inte Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugees Face Fresh Ordeal in Crowded Camps
A group of Rohingya children emerge from a nearby religious school in Kutupalong camp. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 5 2017 (IPS)Mariam Akhtar, 23, is desperately searching for her young daughter two weeks after arriving from Myanmar in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern coastal district in Bangladesh.Already traumatized by the extreme violence she and her family suffered in Buthidaung district in Myanmar, Mariam now faces fresh agony."There are agents looking for opportunities around the clock to lure and smuggle out the children." --Sarwar Chowdhury, Ukhia upazila chairman&ldquo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Bangladesh Human Trafficking International Organization for Migration Source Type: news

View from a camp in Myanmar – one family's story from before the recent crisis
SITTWE, Myanmar – More than 600,000 people, most of them Rohingya, have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August, representing a massive escalation in an alreadygrave humanitarian crisis. Yet many people remain in Myanmar, living in cramped camps under escalating pressure and uncertainty. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Pope heads to Bangladesh with Rohingya crisis looming large
Pope Francis is wrapping up his visit to Myanmar with a Mass for young people before heading to neighboring Bangladesh where a Rohingya refugee crisis is expected to take center stage (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

WHO Fears Deadly Diphtheria Outbreak Among Rohingya Refugees WHO Fears Deadly Diphtheria Outbreak Among Rohingya Refugees
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh are at risk from a possible outbreak of diphtheria, the World Health Organization said in a report published on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

WHO fears deadly diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya refugees
GENEVA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh are at risk from a possible outbreak of diphtheria, the World Health Organization said in a report published on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Disaster risk reduction in Myanmar: a need for focus on community preparedness and improved evaluation of initiatives - Smith AD, Chan EYY.
Myanmar is a country in political and economic transition. Facing a wide-variety of natural hazards and ongoing conflict, the country's under-developed infrastructure has resulted in high disaster risk. Following the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008 a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

URGENT FIELD NEED - Deputy Head of Mission – Advocacy & Communications (Myanmar)
How to ApplyQualified applicants should submit a cover letter and CV (Subject:  MSF DepHoM application) to  rogier.van.helmond@newyork.msf.orgSuccessful candidates will be contacted for an interviewMSFLanguage English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Douglas Mercer Source Type: news

Bangladesh: Hundreds of Thousands of Rohingya Seek Refuge From Violence in Myanmar
Spurred by a campaign of targeted violence against the Rohingya ethnic minority, more than 620,000 refugees have fled Myanmar and crossed the border into Bangladesh since August 25.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news