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News Round-Up In Brief

US News

The nearly 45,000 people living in 350 Texas colonias are classified by the state as at “highest health risk” because residents have no running water, no wastewater treatment, no paved roads or solid waste disposal. Water- and mosquito-borne illnesses are rampant, along with poor diet, dental problems, diabetes and other chronic conditions, which residents rarely have the health insurance, money or access to regular health care to treat.

International News

  • Nearly 200 migrants are feared drowned off Sudan. The passengers were heading to Saudi Arabia, like many other thousands of African migrants who risk the dangerous routes to escape conflicts in their countries and to seek better lives in oil-rich states in the Middle East.
  • Denmark has deployed extra customs officers on its frontiers in a move causing concern among EU neighbours. Despite the fact that the nation is part of the Schengen border-free zone, Denmark’s government is under increasing pressure to curb “illegal” immigration.

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