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Doctor who treated source of second Mali Ebola outbreak dies

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:50
BAMAKO (Reuters) - A doctor in Mali who treated the patient that sparked a second wave of Ebola in the West African country has died, the government said in a statement on state-owned television on Thursday. The government said the death of the doctor, whose name was not released, brought the total number of those who have died of Ebola in Mali to five. Before Thursday's announcement, the World Health Organization was already reporting five Ebola deaths in Mali, while medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) put the figure at seven. ...

Newtown shooter's history reviewed in new report

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:49

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report on his mental health and educational history.

Egypt's Sisi calls on West to support Libya to avoid new Syria, Iraq

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:48

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to help the Libyan army in its fight against Islamist militants now to save the country from requiring intervention on the scale of Iraq and Syria. Sisi said there was a danger to the region from conflict in Libya where two governments vie for legitimacy, one in Tripoli linked to Islamist militias, and an internationally-recognised government in the eastern city of Tobruk. ...

Liberia's economy to shrink this year due to Ebola

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:47

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia, the West African nation hardest hit by Ebola, will see its economy shrink by 0.4 percent this year, and 2015 could be even worse, its finance minister said on Thursday. Liberia, where the disease has killed over 2,800 people, had projected growth of 5.9 percent this year before Ebola struck the country, crippling agriculture and its fast-growing mining sector in particular. Last month, the government announced that the economy had fallen into recession. ...

More arrests as protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:46

By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Riot police arrested at least two demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night running as tensions simmer ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb in a case that has exposed fresh strains in often-troubled race relations in the United States. ...

Cuban doctor with Ebola flies out of Sierra Leone

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:45
FREETOWN (Reuters) - A Cuban doctor who caught Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone left the country on Thursday afternoon in an aircraft bound for Switzerland, a Reuters witness said. The doctor Felix Baez, 43, is the first known Cuban to have contracted the disease which has killed at least 5,450 people in West Africa since March in the worst outbreak on record. Baez, a father of two children, was due to arrive in Geneva for medical treatment later on Thursday. A Cuban health official said on Wednesday he was in stable condition. ...

In blow to PM Cameron, UKIP party wins second parliamentary seat

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:43

By William James and Andrew Osborn GILLINGHAM/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat to UKIP on Friday, an embarrassing defeat that foreshadows a possible political upheaval in next year's national election. With distrust of mainstream parties and anxiety about immigration rising, UKIP, the UK Independence Party, comfortably beat Cameron's party in a special election in the southeast English constituency of Rochester and Strood six months before what is shaping up to be a closely-fought national vote. ...

Tanzanian PM tries to halt debate on energy sector graft, angering lawmakers

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:41
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's government asked parliament on Thursday to cancel a planned debate on corruption allegations in the energy sector, angering some lawmakers who complained of a cover-up and potentially jeopardising some foreign aid.     The east African nation has made big discoveries of natural gas, but its energy sector has long been dogged by allegations of corruption. Investors say graft is one of the main reasons for the high costs of doing business in Tanzania. ...

Prosecutors drop charges for 3 men 40 years later

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:41

CLEVELAND (AP) — There is a possibility that three men, two brothers and their best friend, could be reunited nearly 40 years after they were sentenced to death for a 1975 slaying they say they did not commit.

Woman watches as Obama tells her story in speech

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:36

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Astrid Silva didn't hear her name when the president of the United States first said it Thursday night.

Asian stock markets turn higher, yen rises

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:35
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets turned higher Friday as they juggled positive U.S. economic news and weakness in Europe, China and Japan. The yen rose against the dollar after Japan's finance minister said it had fallen too fast recently.

Alibaba raises $8 billion in bond deal

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:30

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba raised $8 billion in a bond offering, the Wall Street Journal said. Alibaba completed the world's largest stock offering with its listing on the New York Stock Exchange in September, with an offer price of $68.

Ivory Coast soldiers end protests after government concessions

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:30
By Ange Aboa ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Disgruntled former rebels now serving in Ivory Coast's army have agreed to end a protest over back pay and overdue benefits, they said on Thursday, following two days of talks with government ministers and a meeting with the president. The world's top cocoa-producing country is still emerging from a decade of political upheaval and a 2011 civil war that saw French- and U.N.-backed rebels topple President Laurent Gbagbo after his refusal to accept an election defeat. "You have been heard. ...

Afghanistan's first fun park brings joy amid war

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:29

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Excitement builds in the queue forming behind the barbed-wire security fence outside Afghanistan's first amusement park as children in bright clothes clutch their parents' hands and hop from foot to foot in anticipation of the pleasures waiting behind the high concrete blast walls.

Burkina ex-president Compaore in exile in Morocco: Ivory Coast govt

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:29

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's longtime president Blaise Compaore, toppled by a popular uprising last month, has left his temporary refuge of Ivory Coast and headed into exile in Morocco, an Ivorian government spokesman said on Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Burkina Faso when Compaore, who originally seized power in a 1987 coup, tried to change the constitution through parliament to extend his 27-year grip on the West African state. ...

Snow ending, but rain possible for Buffalo

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:27

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A snowfall that brought huge snowdrifts and closed roads around Buffalo was finally expected to stop, but residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and into the coming week raised the possibility of floods and the specter of roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.

SEC director with big stock holdings stirs debate

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:14

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Keith Higgins, who runs the office that reviews public companies' books at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reported stock holdings worth between about $2 million and $6 million last year and the sale of stocks throughout 2014, according to SEC disclosures viewed by Reuters.     Higgins disclosed holdings in about 90 public companies during his SEC tenure in 2013, making him the biggest investor in individual stocks among the agency's top officials last year. ...

Many U.S. immigrants fear coming out of hiding despite Obama's action

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:07
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Norma Martinez, an undocumented mother of two girls born in New Jersey after she arrived illegally from El Salvador in 2007, worries the Obama administration's new immigration program might provide fleeting protections that a new president could easily reverse. "I don't want to go on living in hiding," said Martinez, 34, adding that she would happily sign up and pay a fine to avoid deportation. ...

Raiders snap 16-game skid with 24-20 win vs. KC

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:05

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After 368 days and 16 straight losses, the Oakland Raiders finally had something to celebrate.

Powerful U.S. pro-Israel lobby holds fire as Iran deadline looms

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:02
By Matt Spetalnick and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet - the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington. Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to reach a deal at talks in Vienna that would lift harsh international sanctions on Iran in return for limits to its nuclear program, aimed at preventing it from developing an atomic bomb. But its staunchest U.S. ...