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Pediatric conference wrapped up in Strumica, Skopje to host IPA congress in 2020

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The 7th conference of pediatricians, organized by Macedonian Pediatric Association, has brought together more than 200 participants, among them 50 featured speakers – elite lecturers and doctors from North Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Kosovo, and Montenegro.

The congress was held at Sirius Hotel in Strumica June 25-28. In addition to professional lectures, the event featured public display, with 19 companies on the exhibitor list, all of them closely related to pediatrics.

The congress aimed to boost know-how and experience sharing among professional staff from Macedonia and Europe in the field of pediatrics, to improve everyday practice, mode of treatment and protocols.

In addition to most relevant topics in fields spanning pediatrics and preventive medicine, the main focus of this year’s 7th Congress was placed on: pulmonology and allergies, preventive pediatrics, neurology with developmental pediatrics, rare diseases, hematology with pediatric oncology and neonatology.

And very important for Macedonian pediatrics and for the county’s public health in general is the announcement of Associate Professor Emeritus Enver Hasanoglu, that Skopje, North Macedonia, might be hosting the IPA International Pediatric Association (IPA) congress in 2020.

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Iranian Oil Tanker Breaks Down in Red Sea off Saudi Arabia’s Coast

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Iran’s HELM oil tanker, one of the biggest vessels of its kind in the world, broke down on Wednesday about 120 km (75 miles) from the Saudi port of Yanbu. According to National Iranian Tanker Company spokesman Jabal Ameli, the crew are trying to fix the problem.

“The ship’s crew are fixing the defect and the vessel is in a stable condition from a safety standpoint. Fortunately, the ship’s crew are in a safe condition,” Akbar Jabal-Ameli, said as quoted by the media outlet IRNA.

The HELM has been subject to US sanctions. Iran has one of the largest tanker fleets in the world.

Earlier, US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said that Washington has called on all countries to ban Iranian oil tankers from their ports and not grant them passage.

In July, the Iran-flagged tanker Adrian Darya 1, former known as Grace 1, was impounded on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. The ship was ordered to be released last week and is heading for Greece. Iran said it was considering a naval escort after the United States made a last-minute request to detain it.

On 19 July, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a UK-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz, citing a breach of international maritime regulations. The oil tanker, with its 23-member crew, was towed to the port in Bandar Abbas.

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UN says global refugee figures hit 70 million, highest since World War II

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The number of refugees in the world has hit a record of 70 million, the highest figure since World War II, according to the United Nations.

People are fleeing war, persecution and the consequences of global warming, the German branch of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement this week.

Aid organization SOS Children’s Villages said 12,000 children were killed or wounded in 2018. Thousands were also kidnapped and recruited as child soldiers with hundreds of thousands of others being seriously traumatized, the group said on Sunday.

Afghanistan (3,062), Syria (1,854) and Yemen (1,698) had the highest numbers of killed and injured children.

“And those are only the reviewed cases. The dark figure is probably much higher,” said Teresa Ngigi, head psychologist at SOS Children’s Villages, in the statement.

“And the reports of the last weeks on dead and injured children in Syria, Yemen and Sudan demonstrate that the suffering of children in war and conflict regions is continuing in 2019.”

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Temperatures to climb into 41C as of Thursday

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North Macedonia will be hit by steamy heatwave later this week, sending temperatures surging into the 40s, the national weather service (UHMR) said on Monday.

The south will bear the brut of the heatwave, with temperatures in much of the county expected to reach 41C on Thursday and continue rising into the weekend. Met Office says yellow weather warning will be put in place amid scorching temperatures.

Much of the state will climb into the 40s on Saturday and Sunday.

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