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  • UN staffers under Ebola observation

    October 12, 2014 5:04 AM 61

    Published: Sunday | October 12, 2014 MONROVIA (AP):Liberia's United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission has placed 41 staff members, including 20 military personnel, under "close medical observation" after an international member of its medical team was diagnosed with Ebola last week - the second mission member to test positive for the deadly disease

  • 27 hostages freed - International - Jamaica Gleaner - Sunday

    October 12, 2014 5:04 AM 39

    YAOUNDE (AP):Cameroon's government announced yesterday that 27 hostages presumed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, including 10 Chinese construction workers and the wife of a vice prime minister, had been freed. The hostages were returned early yesterday morning and "are safe and sound," according to a statement from President Paul Biya's office

  • US fears Turkish ISIS fight may go too far

    October 10, 2014 6:02 AM 57

    Published: Friday | October 10, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP): Even as it prods Turkey to step up in the global fight against Islamic State militants, the United States (US) is worried that Ankara might use military action to target Kurdish fighters, who are the last line of defense against extremists trying to take over the Syrian border town of Kobani. In a careful-what-you-wish-for

  • West African nations plead for Ebola help

    October 10, 2014 6:02 AM 37

    Published: Friday | October 10, 2014 Presidents of West African countries ravaged by Ebola pleaded for aid at the World Bank yesterday as the United States military ramped up its efforts in Liberia, the hardest-hit country. "Our people are dying," Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma said by videoconference at a World Bank meeting in Washington

  • US steps up screening at major airports

    October 10, 2014 6:02 AM 50

    Published: Friday | October 10, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP): President Barack Obama calls it a "belt and suspenders" approach - an extra level of screening at five major United States airports to try to catch any travellers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease. About 150 travellers per day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch

  • UN says hundreds killed during ceasefire

    October 9, 2014 6:00 AM 43

    Published: Thursday | October 9, 2014 KIEV, Ukraine (AP): AT LEAST 331 deaths have been reported in eastern Ukraine since last month's ceasefire deal between Russian-backed separatists and government troops, the United Nations (UN) said yesterday. Hostilities are persisting in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk, as well as around the towns of Debaltseve

  • Gay marriages off in Vegas after high court order

    October 9, 2014 6:00 AM 42

    Published: Thursday | October 9, 2014 LAS VEGAS (AP): SAME-SEX COUPLES who lined up to get married in Idaho and made plans to obtain wedding licences in Las Vegas had their hopes dashed yesterday after a US Supreme Court justice temporarily blocked a lower-court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. The states had joined the growing

  • Cost of Ebola could top $32b

    October 9, 2014 6:00 AM 45

    Published: Thursday | October 9, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP): EBOLA'S ECONOMIC toll could reach $32.6 billion by year's end if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads across West Africa, the World Bank said on Wednesday. The outbreak has the potential "to inflict massive economic costs" on those three countries and their closest neighbours

  • Gov't urged not to deport 155 Uighurs to China

    October 8, 2014 6:04 AM 41

    Published: Wednesday | October 8, 2014 KUALA LUMPUR, (AP): Human-rights groups have urged Malaysia not to deport 155 ethnic Uighur migrants, including 76 children, back to China, fearing they could face persecution. A senior Malaysian immigration official said yesterday that authorities found 90 members of the Muslim minority group hiding in a three-bedroom

  • ... Health providers expand precautions

    October 8, 2014 6:04 AM 40

    Published: Wednesday | October 8, 2014 NEW YORK (AP): Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how well the triage staffs identify and isolate possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs imploring patients