US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years

The CDC said Wednesday that measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years. Roughly three-quarters of those cases are in two ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York. (April 24)

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Ultra-Orthodox community reacts to measles vaccine

Residents of a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York could face fines for failing to be vaccinated against the measles. New York’s mayor declared an emergency Tuesday, citing an outbreak of the virus. (April 9)

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Ultra-Orthodox Women to Contest Israeli Election: VICE News Capsule, March 12

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ultra-orthodox Jewish women prepare to run in Israel’s parliamentary elections, female activists plan a daring walk across the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Egypt grapples with painkiller addictions, and residents of Hamburg’s red light district use paint to get people to stop peeing in public.

ISRAEL
Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Party to Contest Upcoming Poll
Members of B’Zchutan are campaigning for improved employment and education opportunities, as well as greater rights in divorce proceedings.

U.S.A.
Female Activists Plan Walk Across Korean Demilitarized Zone
Gloria Steinem and others hope to put pressure on leaders to make reunification a priority and seek a peace treaty to finally end the Korean War.

EGYPT
Grappling With a Rise in Painkiller Addiction
In the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, doctors have seen increased abuse of the opioid Tramadol; which was widely available over the counter.

GERMANY
Visitors to Hamburg’s St. Pauli District Get What They Give
People who pee against certain building walls will get a wet and warm surprise thanks to a special water-repellant paint used to discourage public urination.

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