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Patient isolated in Sacramento hospital for Ebola virus testing

A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus has been put in isolation at a hospital in Sacramento, California, health group Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday. “We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical…

Afghanistan orders US reporter Matthew Rosenberg to leave over election story

Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over election results. The attorney general’s office said the article was “against the national interests and the national…

Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer’s claims to special powers. The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village…

Conflict between Israel and Palestinians spurs economic battles in West Bank shops

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – In Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians are battling it out with rockets and air strikes. But in Israel and the West Bank, the two sides have found a new weapon: boycotting. Local products are flying off the shelves in the occupied West Bank while Israeli goods…

Ecuadorian President Correa: Britain could end Julian Assange dispute ‘tomorrow’

Guatemala City (AFP) – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Tuesday that Britain had the power to resolve the Julian Assange standoff “tomorrow,” after the WikiLeaks founder voiced hope he would soon leave Ecuador’s embassy in London. “This could be resolved tomorrow if the United Kingdom gave him the safe-conduct,” said…

Ex-Obama advisor David Plouffe takes leadership position with ride-sharing app Uber

San Francisco (AFP) – A political strategist who ran U.S. President Barack Obama’s winning campaign in 2008 has hopped on board at controversial smartphone car-hailing service Uber. The move signals that Uber has no intention of backing down in the face of growing pressure from regulators and traditional taxi operators…

Liberia Ebola patients who fled hospital are found as death toll surges

Liberia said Tuesday it had found 17 Ebola patients who had fled an attack on their clinic, sparking a panicked manhunt across its capital, which is in the throes of a seemingly unstoppable epidemic. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, said the tropical virus had killed 84 people in just three…

Obama walks fine line on racial issues as protests rage in Ferguson

Under a photo of Barack Obama carried by demonstrators in a town rocked by racially-charged protests, the appeal to America’s first black president is loud and clear: “Please come now.” The poster is among those waved by demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed…

Israel orders army to respond after three rockets are fired from Gaza

Israel on Tuesday ordered the military to respond after three rockets from Gaza struck the south as the two sides were observing a 24-hour truce, an Israeli official said. Speaking to AFP, the official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “ordered the IDF to attack terror targets in Gaza” in response…

Three relatives of Pope Francis killed in Argentina traffic accident

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic accident in Argentina, police said Tuesday. The dead include a baby of eight months and a two-year-old toddler, police commissioner Carina Ferreyra said. Their father, the pope’s nephew Horacio Bergoglio, is in serious…

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