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GENEVA Bears Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey , March 17 (Xinhua) -- Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland said Thursday that some 1.1 million Syrians are expected to have been provided with humanitarian aid and assistance by the end of next month.

""The aim is to reach an impressive 1.1 million people by the end of April including in those remaining hard-to-reach areas and Deir ez-Zor,"" he said following a humanitarian taskforce meeting in Geneva's Palais des Nations.

To date, 258,845 people living in besieged and hard-to-reach areas have been provided with multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance including food for at least one month since the start of the year.

Egeland indicated that four towns (Madaya, Al Zabadani Bears Josh Bellamy Jersey , Foah and Kafraya) will receive their third aid convoy today, while permits have been obtained to reach 15 new hard-to-reach areas including locations in Aleppo and Homs where needs have been growing.

Despite progress made, a number of locations in war-torn Syria have yet to receive life-saving assistance, including one third of the 18 besieged areas the UN has been working with.

Among these locations are the symbolically important areas of Darayya and Douma.

While still more work needs to be done to gain access to these areas, difficulties in delivering medical aid has also compounded the humanitarian situation on the ground.

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Surgical and trauma-care equipment is often removed from aid convoys and medical personnel have been denied access to locations in dire need of medical assistance.

Vaccination rates have also reached concerning levels, with only 50 to 60 percent of the population vaccinated in some areas.

""From April 18 to April 24 we will vaccinate hopefully all of the children that have not been vaccinated in Syria. That would be part of a three-phase vaccination campaign against a number of diseases that are now threatening to spread,"" Egeland indicated.

With the latest round of intra-Syrian talks underway, the issue of detainees was also raised by Egeland following Syrian opposition concerns on the lack of progress made on this front.

""The issue was raised to the International Syria Support Group by the special envoy Staffan de Mistura. He said that it is an urgent humanitarian and protection issue, and that we will reach out to members of the taskforce to have them help us vis-a-vis the parties so we can have progress on the issue Bears Tom Compton Jersey ,"" he explained.

""Nothing would be more important now than to get out some groups in particular, women, children, the sick and the wounded. We are hopeful we can make progress on that issue,"" he added.

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Two U.S. astronauts on Friday ventured out of the International Space Station and successfully installed the first of two crucial docking ports that will enable future arrivals of American commercial crew spacecraft.

Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins from the U.S. space agency NASA concluded their spacewalk at 2:02 p.m. EDT (1802 GMT) after spending nearly six hours installing the ring-like equipment, known as an international docking adapter (IDA).

It's "a significant milestone in NASA's work to return crew launches to U.S. soil," the agency said in a statement.

Since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, the only vehicle to ferry humans to the space station is Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA created the commercial crew program in the hope of ending the U.S. reliance on Russia. It has awarded contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercial spaceships, with their first flights slated for 2017.

The IDA arrived at the space station July 20 on a SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft. It's a ring weighing more than 1,000 pounds (454 kg) that will provide a standardized connection point for Boeing and SpaceX crew spacecraft to automatically dock with the station.

Another IDA was expected to be launched in 2018.

This is the fourth spacewalk in Williams' career and the first for Rubins. It is the 194th spacewalk for the space station.

BEIJING Bears Dion Sims Jersey , Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Several key members of Shanxinhui, a company suspected of organizing and leading a pyramid scheme, have been arrested in Yongzhou in central China's Hunan Province, police announced Monday.

Several key members, including Zhang Tianming Bears Quintin Demps Jersey , the mastermind of Shanxinhui, are suspected of obtaining illegal gains of more than 2.2 billion yuan (337.22 million U.S. dollars), according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The suspects intentionally distorted the country's targeted policy to eradicate poverty under the guise of helping the poor and building a so-called "new economic ecological model," while setting up a network on the Internet, the ministry said in a statement.

Shanxinhui allegedly enticed people to take part in pyramid selling by promising "high returns" and cheated them out of huge amounts of property Bears Mike Glennon Jersey , severely disrupting economic and social order, it added.

The ministry said it would maintain pressure on curbing pyramid selling to safeguard people's interests.

Zhang, 42, founded Shenzhen Shanxinhui Culture Communication Co. Ltd. in south China's Shenzhen in May 2013, and Hainan Shanxinhui in May 2016.

Pyramid schemes have been expanding widely through social networks in recent years.

Police investigated 2 Bears Eddie Goldman Jersey ,826 pyramid scheme cases in 2016, 19.1 percent more than that in 2015, the ministry's figures showed.

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