Smallpox killed people for centuries. In 1977, a sea plane carrying a medical team from the World Health Organization descended on a place called Bola Island, nestled in the world's largest delta. Their mission, monitor and eradicate a deadly and highly contagious virus, first documented in China and easily spread by droplets from a cough or sneeze. This is the story of eradicating smallpox. Dr. Larry Brilliant would go on to co-found the Seva Foundation treating blindness and later lead Google's worldwide philanthropy.
China accounts for about a fifth of global economic output, a third of global oil imports, and the largest share of global exports. That means that any time the Chinese economy shudders or stumbles, the shockwaves circle the globe. And China is most certainly shuddering.
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11,000 – In recent years, at least 11,000 Uighurs fleeing persecution in China have taken refuge in Turkey. The Uighurs are a Turkic ethnic group, whose plight Turkish President Erdogan has spoken out about. But as Ankara draws closer to China, Turkey has begun deporting some of them back to their homeland.