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2 hrs ago | USA Today
If the Ebola outbreak isn't controlled quickly, it could end up lasting for years and spreading to many more countries, a U.S. health official told a Senate hearing Tuesday. Ebola crisis could last for years if not controlled quickly If the Ebola outbreak isn't controlled quickly, it could end up lasting for years and spreading to many more countries, a U.S. health official told a Senate hearing Tuesday.
4 hrs ago | KSWO
The death toll in the collapse of a building in Nigeria last week rose on Tuesday when the South African president said 67 South Africans died and dozens were injured in the accident. Separately, a Nigerian official said 63 bodies had been recovered at the site of the disaster in the city of Lagos, but it was not immediately clear whether the bodies were those of the South Africans cited by President Jacob Zuma.
9 hrs ago | Medical Daily
The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control. The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials told reporters.
13 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald
A group of Nobel peace laureates has appealed to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who abandoned an attempt to get permission to travel to Cape Town next month. The Tibetan spiritual leader withdrew his application for a South African visa after being told he would not get it, the 14 Nobel laureates said in a statement Monday.
17 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald
Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder. Some South Africans said they were surprised and even shocked when Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled last week that the Paralympic champion was negligent but did not intend to kill when he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a closed toilet door.
Rapidly deteriorating security and deepening political divisions have brought Libya "closer to the brink of protracted conflict and civil strife," the top U.N. envoy in the country warned on Monday. Bernardino Leon, who took over two weeks ago as the head of the U.N. mission in Libya, told the Security Council that during his just-concluded first official visit to the country he stressed that the solution to the current crisis can't be achieved militarily but requires political consensus.
A court martial has sentenced 12 Nigerian soldiers fighting Islamic extremists to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer. In a decision announced early Tuesday, a military tribunal found 12 soldiers guilty and five others innocent.
Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany.
The United Nations is set to take over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries. About 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police are joining the mission as the United Nations takes over, though the force when combined with the existing African troops is still only about 65 percent of what was authorized by the U.N. Security Council in April.
Commanders and a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias say four airstrikes by unidentified parties hit a western town near the capital Tripoli, killing one person and wounding five. Mohammed al-Gharyani, spokesman for the Libya Dawn alliance, said on Monday that the airstrikes targeted Gharyan, 50 miles south of Tripoli.
The U.S. evacuated the facility in Bangui, suspended operations and urged Americans to leave in December 2012 because of sectarian violence that left thousands of people dead. The U.N. has stationed peacekeepers in the country, and Secretary of State John Kerry said in statement Monday progress has been made at putting the nation on "a path toward peace and stability."
Authorities in South Africa say they have seized $9.3 million in cash from two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived at Lanseria, an airport in the Johannesburg area. Solomon Makgale, a South African police spokesman, said Monday that the Hawks, a national investigative unit of the police, was handling the case.
At least six terror suspects were arrested over the weekend in a raid on an al-Shabab cell that was apparently plotting an attack in this East African country, a Ugandan military spokesman said Monday. Abdullahi Hassan Roble, who heads an association of Somalis in Uganda, told The Associated Press Monday that more than a dozen men were arrested at two locations deep inside a slum in Uganda's capital, Kampala.
Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.
A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said. Only 26 people have been rescued so far, navy spokesman Ayub Qassem told Reuters, adding that the boat had sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli.
The region has been the scene of earlier mine explosions, including one that killed four U.N. peacekeepers and wounded 14 others earlier this month. There was no immediately claim of responsibility for Sunday's explosion but previous mines have been blamed on Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaida.
Fourteen women from South Sudan stood in a room full of Indiana University leaders and fellow students from around the world. At the front of the room, Christie Vilsack , senior adviser for international education at the United States Agency for International Development, spoke to those 14 women - all teachers.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 05:48 pm
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