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The Ebola outbreak has killed over 2000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). West African states lack the resources to battle the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said on Wednesday. If nothing is done to halt the outbreak and help struggling nations, the disease might spread to a larger area and claim even more lives.

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Summer typhoons have compounded North Korea’s hunger crisis, as shown in photos taken on a government-monitored tour and released this week. Infants suffering from malnutrition rested in a hospital in Haeju Oct. 1. A boy stood in a blighted corn field Sept. 29 at the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae Province of North Korea. Corn and cobs were the meal a North Korean woman prepared Sept. 30 in her tent in South Hwanghae Province; she lost her house in the summer’s flooding.

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Recent developments in Syria's civil war show an escalation of involvement from outside countries and groups, with outcomes increasingly difficult to predict. As the fractured rebel groups continue their battles against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, the European Union recently voted to end an arms embargo, opening the possibility of new weapons shipments to the rebels. The Shia militant group Hezbollah, from neighboring Lebanon, has sent fighters and support into Syria to aid Assad's troops. Russia plans to ship several modern anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria, to deter foreign interference. Israel, meanwhile, is prepared to use force to stop the delivery of such systems, which it views as a threat. Gathered here are recent images from the ongoing conflict, now more than two years old. Syrian troops celebrate as they take control of the village of Haydariyah, some seven kilometers outside the rebel-held city of Qusayr, on May 13, 2013. Syrian troops captured three villages in the strategic Qusayr area of Homs province, allowing them to cut supply lines to rebels inside Qusayr town, a military officer told AFP. A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas, including in Sheikh Maqsud. A girl sits on a chair placed among rubble as she sells bread on a damaged street in Deir al-Zor, on May 9, 2013.

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On the western side of a port in Merak, Banten Province, Indonesia , Sri Lankan Tamils have spent the past 5 months on board their boat and in tents alongside the wooden vessel. The group of 181 increasingly edgy asylum seekers have remained in port since they were intercepted by the Indonesian navy in October. The group began fleeing when they heard about the Australian Government’s decision to suspend new refugee applications for Afghans and Sri Lankans and after Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asked Indonesia to stop asylum seekers from reaching Australian waters. The Tamils feel their asylum claims could take years if they were processed in Indonesia. Sri Lankan Asylum seekers sit near their boat in Merak, Banten Province, Indonesia. The group of 181 asylum seekers have remained in Merak port for over 5 months since they were intercepted by the Indonesian navy in October after Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asked Indonesia to stop them reaching Australian waters. A young Sri Lankan asylum seeker waits waits at NGO housing adjacent to the port they were diverted to as they wait to be relocated. Sri Lankan Asylum seekers wash their clothes at the camp. The Tamils feel their asylum claims could take years if they were processed in Indonesia.

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Her name is Mireya. She is 3 years and 3 months old. She has fine black hair, a thing for “Handy Manny” cartoons and one of the most prominent last names in Colorado. Many nights, Mireya Salazar will not fall asleep unless her feet are touching her mother and her head is touching her grandmother. It’s part of an elaborate bedtime ritual in which she must place her pillow with the pink checkerboard and butterfly pattern just so, in the middle of the bed. She has other routines, other rules. Every door in the house must be closed. If they are not, she will slam them shut. She won’t eat a broken Cheerio or pasta that is not white. She can seem more interested in a pink balloon than in her father, more fascinated with a blank space in the distance than in “Papa Ken” — her grandfather, Interior Secretary and former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar. What few baby words she once had are lost. She hums when upset, as if she is sounding an alarm. The fears of her family were confirmed when Mireya was diagnosed with autism, a confounding neurological disorder that affects an estimated one in 110 U.S. children. Hope and Mireya share a moment as they play at the home of Mireya's paternal grandparents in Brighton on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Hope said she tries to bring Mireya to see her family weekly to keep them involved in Mireya's busy life. Mireya Salazar signs that she is all done to her one-on-one teacher Lorna Cochrane at Firefly Autism on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Mireya, who has yet to develop verbal communication skills, is learning to sign, and in doing so, was directed to point at her desired block rather than grab at it. Salazar began attending Firefly in February after her family researched and decided their one-to-one teacher to student ratio and general practices would best benefit her. Mireya rests her head on aunt Melinda's shoulder after a haircut appointment at the Salazar home on Friday, March 25, 2011. Her grandmother said it is impossible to take Mireya to a salon and found it is easier to bring their stylist to the house.

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The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the Space shuttle Discovery during STS-31 on April 25, 1990. Since then, there have been 5 servicing missions that continued to upgrade the telescope's scientific instruments and operational systems. Hubble reached a major milestone, its 20th anniversary in orbit, on April 24, 2010. Hubble imagery has both delighted and amazed people around the world and has rewritten astronomy textbooks with its discoveries. This image released by NASA shows colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North and the face-on galaxy at the bottom of the image is VV 340 South. Millions of years later these two spirals will merge -- much like the Milky Way and Andromeda will likely do billions of years from now. Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple) are shown here along with optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (red, green, blue). VV 340 is located about 450 million light years from Earth. A small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. Reminiscent of Hubble's classic image of the Eagle Nebula dubbed the 'Pillars of Creation' this image is even more striking in appearance. Captured here are the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and the dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.

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Even though the 2013 Red River flood is not as severe as the National Weather Service initially forecasted, it still made for dramatic images. The river rose from 15 feet just a few weeks ago when the "before" photos in this series were taken, to 33 feet this week.

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Weather forecasters have warned of a fresh onslaught of downpours across southern China, which has already been battered by floods and landslides that have killed more than 200 people. The disaster, which has hit 10 provinces or regions, has caused an estimated 43 billion yuan (more than four billion pounds) of economic losses and displaced 2.4 million people. Thousands of soldiers have been dispatched to flood-hit areas to help in rescue and evacuation work. Troops have been seen struggling up soaked hills with food supplies to help residents stuck in their villages and carrying rowing boats to areas submerged in brown, muddy water. Alternating floods and droughts have plagued China's people for millennia. The current floods are among the worst in south China since 1998, when over 3,600 people were killed and more than 20 million displaced. Large flood-hit areas of southern and southwestern China, particularly Guizhou, Guangxi and Chongqing, had only just recently emerged from a crippling drought that in some regions was the worst in a century.

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