The Daily Populous

Tuesday November 6th, 2018 night edition

image for Malaysia is ground zero for the next malaria menace

Malaria has terrorized humans for millennia, its fevers carved into our earliest writing on ancient Sumerian clay tablets from Mesopotamia.

Before that, scientists thought it was extremely rare for monkey malaria parasites, of which there are at least 30 species, to infect humans.

And by 2018, at least 19 travelers to the region, mostly Europeans, had brought monkey malaria back to their home countries.

The rise of monkey malaria in Malaysia is closely tied to rapid deforestation, says Kimberly Fornace, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Stepping over felled trees, humans move closer to the monkeys and the parasite-carrying mosquitoes that thrive in cleared forests.

But as countries reduce human malaria, they will eventually have to deal with monkey malaria, Espino says, echoing an opinion widely shared by monkey malaria scientists.

Since 2008, annual monkey malaria cases in Malaysia have climbed tenfold, even as human malaria cases have plummeted. »

Emmanuel Macron calls for creation of a ‘true European army’ to defend against Russia and the US

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Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a “true European army” to allow the EU defend itself from threats ranging from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin.

The French president continued: “We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army.

A number of proposals have been put on the table for how EU nations could cooperate more closely on defence. »

Former Nazi SS camp guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany

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A former 94-year-old SS guard holds his walking stick at the beginning of a trial in Muenster, Germany, Tuesday, Nov.6, 2018.

MUENSTER, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS enlisted man went on trial Tuesday in Germany, facing hundreds of counts of accessory to murder for alleged crimes committed during the years he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp.

The Stutthof case is the first use of this reasoning for a concentration camp guard instead of a death camp guard. »

Majority says Election Day should be a federal holiday, poll finds

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A majority of respondents in a new American Barometer survey say Election Day should be a federal holiday for which everyone gets a day off from work.

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found 54 percent of voters said Election Day should be a federal holiday, while 46 percent said it should not.

Sixty-three percent of Democrats said the day should be a federal holiday, while 48 percent of Republicans agreed. »

Former Ark. Political Party Spokesman Arrested for Child Porn

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-- A former spokesperson for the Arkansas Democratic Party is behind bars this morning on a charge of child pornography possession and distribution.

According to his Linkedin page, Moody left the Democratic Party position in February 2017.

He waived his right to a bond hearing, and remains in federal custody. »