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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
U.N. Ebola mission head wants significant progress in 60 days
30 Sep 2014 at 10:41am
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission to combat Ebola wants to see significant progress in fighting the deadly disease within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases receive treatment, its new head said on Tuesday. At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first reported in the remote southeast forest region of Guinea in March. The other two most affected countries are Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...
US Ebola labs, health equipment arrive in Liberia
30 Sep 2014 at 10:28am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? American mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and U.S. troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the disease.
Thousands of children orphaned, rejected as Ebola wrecks families
30 Sep 2014 at 10:06am
By David Lewis and Stephanie Nebehay DAKAR/GENEVA (Reuters) - Two days after his mother died of Ebola at a clinic in the Liberian capital Monrovia last month, four-year-old John was put into foster care so he could be monitored for the disease. John's new guardian, an Ebola survivor, was immune to the deadly virus and happy to look after him. But when neighbors heard of the plan, they refused to allow them home fearing the boy might infect them too. ...
Russia reports first cases of deadly bird flu in two years
30 Sep 2014 at 9:49am
PARIS (Reuters) - Russia has reported the first cases of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in nearly two years in villages in Southern Russia, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. Domestic chickens, geese and ducks were found infected with the H5N1 serotype of the disease on Sept. 1 in two villages in the Altai Krai region near the border with Kazakhstan, the OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the Russian ministry of agriculture. Russia's veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor was not immediately available to comment. ...
Face-to-Face With Patients in the Ebola Ward
30 Sep 2014 at 9:39am
Dr. Besser became the first journalist to step inside the ELWA2 Ebola ward.
Olympic U.S. swimming champion Phelps arrested for drunken driving
30 Sep 2014 at 9:38am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. Phelps was clocked by radar at around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was booked and released. Police said Phelps was "unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests," adding that the Baltimore native was cooperative "throughout the process. ...
Across Africa, Coke is empowering women -- to sell Coke products
30 Sep 2014 at 8:51am
By Jacob KushnerDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Last year, Coca-Cola announced a $100 million partnership with the International Finance Corporation to provide business skills training and micro-loans to "empower" women -- those who sell Coca-Cola products, that is.The program has already involved 200,000 women in Nigeria who "touch the Coca-Cola...
Heirloom Healthcare for the Poor
30 Sep 2014 at 7:48am
This is a guest post by James Nardella, executive director of Lwala Community Alliance, a partner of Segal Family Foundation.You can go to any chain grocery store in the United States or Europe and find conventionally-grown tomatoes year round. They always look the same no matter the season and are available in convenient locations. They are...
Ebola poses threat to Ivory Coast cocoa output, exporters say
30 Sep 2014 at 7:46am
By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Cocoa exporters in the Ivory Coast are fuelling market fears of potential supply shortages that have driven prices to 3-1/2 year highs, warning output could drop dramatically if the Ebola virus spills into the world's top grower. Despite expectations of a supply surplus this season and a healthy outlook for the coming West African harvest, prices are reflecting the fact that much is unknown about what happens if Ivory Coast is the next country struck by the disease. ...
Correction: Ebola story
30 Sep 2014 at 7:20am
The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.
Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF
30 Sep 2014 at 7:11am
Dakar (AFP) - Thousands of children who have lost parents to the west African Ebola epidemic risk are being shunned by frightened and suspicious relatives, the UN children's fund said on Tuesday.
Energy, manufacturing to lead Obama, Modi talks
30 Sep 2014 at 7:10am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday plan to discuss issues ranging from manufacturing to sanitation as the two leaders aim to deepen ties. Obama and Modi were scheduled to meet at the White House at 10:55 a.m. (1455 GMT) during Modi's first visit to the United States since taking office in May, part of a larger effort aimed at expanding security partnerships and spurring foreign investment. ...
Johnson & Johnson buying Alios for $1.75B
30 Sep 2014 at 7:03am
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) ? Johnson & Johnson is buying the biopharmaceutical company Alios BioPharma Inc. for about $1.75 billion.
Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
30 Sep 2014 at 5:41am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.