Straining to hear the radio held to his ear, Wesley Wudea gestures for his grandchildren to be silent as he picks up rare tips on Ebola prevention in his own language. In Liberia, at the centre of the west African outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca. "They don't mainly understand the words (radio stations) used in English. Some people don't even understand a single English word," says the 61-year-old, in his own stumbling attempt at his country's official language.
By Phil Stewart and Matt Siegel WASHINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. military has started isolating soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia became the first rich nation to impose a visa ban on the affected countries amid global anxiety about the spread of the virus. The latest measures, along with decisions by some U.S. states to impose mandatory quarantines on health workers returning home from treating Ebola victims in West Africa, have been condemned by health authorities and the United Nations as extreme. ...
The Tata Raphael stadium looks as though it has lost a few rounds against Muhammad Ali in the 40 years since it staged the greatest boxing fight in history. Water leaks into the gyms where Ali and George Foreman trained for their epic fight. Then the world was scared that Ali -- aged 32 and fighting his way back to the top after his ban for refusing to fight in the US Army -- would suffer a humiliating beating by the fearsomely powerful George Foreman, the defending world champion.
By Karin Stanton KAILUA-KONA Hawaii (Reuters) - Lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been creeping toward inhabited areas of Hawaii's Big Island for months is now just 70 yards (meters) from the nearest residential property, authorities said on Monday. Residents in the path of the lava have been placed on alert for possible evacuation, and smoke advisories have been issued for downwind areas, the County of Hawaii said in a civil defense alert. ...
Coalition talks intensify Tuesday between the pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll, while attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in the east highlight the obstacles to their promises of peace and deeper EU ties. The day after pro-West and moderate nationalist forces backing President Petro Poroshenko scored a big win in Sunday's election, the hard work of forming a ruling coalition began. With 67 percent of precincts reporting, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc were neck and neck, winning about 22 percent of the votes each. Russia welcomed the outcome of the election as backing for "a peaceful resolution" of the separatist war being waged by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.
A US man has been convicted of first degree murder over the killings of two Chinese students during a botched robbery at a college in California. Javier Bolden, 22, faces up to life in jail for killing Ying Wu and Ming Qu, shot dead while sitting in a car near the downtown Los Angeles campus of the University of Southern California (USC) on April 11, 2012. A co-defendant, Bryan Barnes, already pleaded guilty in February and was jailed for life without the possibility of parole. Prosecutor Dan Akemon said the 23-year-old graduate students were "helpless victims" inside a parked BMW, and that Bolden and Barnes were "counting down the seconds of the lives of these victims" as they approached the car.
Mining giant BHP Billiton is set to sell some of its shale gas assets in the United States, closing the chapter on a controversial acquisition three years ago that sparked a multi-billion dollar writedown. The chief executive of the world's biggest miner, Andrew Mackenzie, said BHP was looking to sell its Fayetteville shale gas assets in Arkansas. "As we look to improve the balance of liquids and gas across our Petroleum portfolio we have initiated the marketing (of) our Fayetteville acreage," Mackenzie said in a statement late Tuesday. BHP acquired Fayetteville from Chesapeake Energy as part of a $4.75 billion deal in February 2011.