Nigeria’s Boarding Schools Have Become a Hunting Ground for Kidnappers

Northern Nigeria’s kidnap-for-ransom industry is growing, and it’s not just the well-off who are at risk. The new targets are poor villagers and ordinary schoolchildren.

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Facing Roadblocks, Vast Global Vaccination Effort Gets Underway

An operation to supply billions of coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries has started. But as rich countries buy most of the available supply, stark inequalities remain.

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In Crises, Vaccines Can Be Stretched, but Not Easily

Shortages of shots for yellow fever, polio and other diseases have led to innovative solutions even in very poor countries.

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U.K. Lawmaker Under Fire for Calling UNICEF’s Free Meals a ‘Political Stunt’

Jacob Rees-Mogg said the agency should be ashamed of itself for providing free meals to 15,000 children in Britain, prompting a backlash.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually or in person in New York City.

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

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Karim Elkorany, Ex-U.N. Official, Is Accused of Sexual Assault

He was not charged with any of the alleged assaults, but rather with two counts of lying when he was questioned by the F.B.I.

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Zomato Draws Praise for Introducing Period Leave for Employees

Zomato, a global food-delivery company based in India, drew praise for introducing the policy. Its chief executive says there is no “shame or stigma” in applying for the time off.

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One in Three Children Have Unacceptably High Lead Levels, Study Says

“Children around the world are being poisoned by lead on a massive and previously unrecognized scale,” according to the study, a collaboration of UNICEF and Pure Earth, an advocacy group.

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

Aid agencies are scrambling to get oxygen equipment to low-income countries where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.

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The Pandemic Could Lead to Outbreaks of Measles and Other Preventable Diseases

Vaccinations worldwide have dropped as the fight against the coronavirus continues.

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Polio and Measles Could Surge After Disruption of Vaccine Programs

A new study of 129 countries found that the interruption of inoculation efforts could put 80 million babies at risk of getting deadly, preventable diseases.

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