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Obama on Ebola: Chance of US Outbreak 'Extremely Low,' Situation in Africa is 'Spiraling out of Control'

Obama on Ebola: Chance of US Outbreak 'Extremely Low,' Situation in Africa is 'Spiraling out of Control'
Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, President Obama provides an update on the U.S. plan to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. President Obama says the U.S. will lead on fighting the ebola outbreak. He also says the probability of ebola spreading to the U.S. is low, but the country is ready to deal with it.
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Break Out of the Outbreak? Missing Ebola Suspects Found in Liberia.

Break Out of the Outbreak? Missing Ebola Suspects Found in Liberia.
People who were being screened for Ebola when they fled a health center during looting have turned themselves into a hospital, a Liberian official said Tuesday. The patients fled when an Ebola holding facility was ransacked in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, on Saturday night, raising fears that the deadly virus might spread into the densely populated slum surrounding it. Information Minister Lewis Brown said Tuesday that the last 17 people who were missing have now turned themselves in to a treatment center at a major hospital in the capital.
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Jonathan Paye-Layleh and John Heilprin
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Supply of Unproven Ebola Drug Now Exhausted, as People Continue to Die from Outbreak

Supply of Unproven Ebola Drug Now Exhausted, as People Continue to Die from Outbreak
A leading physician in Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said Wednesday, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment. There was very little of the experimental treatment available, which has stoked debate about ethics on who should get it even though it hasn't been tested in humans. There is no way of knowing if the drug, known as ZMapp, made a difference in the few people who have gotten the now-exhausted supply of the drug.
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Clarence Roy-Macaulay and Maria Cheng
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Angry Mob Ransacks Gay Rights Organization in 'Gay Friendly' African Country

Angry Mob Ransacks Gay Rights Organization in 'Gay Friendly' African Country
An angry mob "ransacked" the headquarters of Ivory Coast's most prominent gay rights organization, an official said Monday, following days of anti-gay protests in a country generally seen as moderate on the issue. Nearly 200 people stormed the offices of Alternative Cote d'Ivoire, breaking windows with stones and stealing computers and other equipment.
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Robbie Corey-Boulet
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Countries in Asia and Africa Pledge 'Urgent' Measures to Stop Elephant Poaching

Countries in Asia and Africa Pledge 'Urgent' Measures to Stop Elephant Poaching
Key African elephant range states including Gabon, Kenya, Niger and Zambia and ivory transit states Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia, and ivory destination states, including China and Thailand, have agreed to treat the illegal ivory trade as a "serious crime." This will add international cooperation in the punishment of traffickers, and is just part of the pledge announced Wednesday.
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Ray Faure
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Terrorists Claim 137 Killed in Kenya Mall Attack When Government Carried Out 'a Demolition'

Terrorists Claim 137 Killed in Kenya Mall Attack When Government Carried Out 'a Demolition'
The terrorist group behind the takeover of a Nairobi mall claimed Wednesday that the Kenyan government assault team carried out "a demolition" of the building, burying 137 hostages in rubble. A government spokesman denied the claim and said Kenyan forces were clearing all rooms, firing as they moved and encountering no one.
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David Rising and Rodney Muhumuza
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Kenyan Mall Shooting: 'Two or Three Americans' Among Attackers Who Killed 60-Plus People

Kenyan Mall Shooting: 'Two or Three Americans' Among Attackers Who Killed 60-Plus People
Two or three Americans and one Briton were among those who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya's foreign minister said Monday. More than 60 people have been killed in the assault on the upscale mall, which has lasted for three days. An official for the U.S. State Department said that they had "no definitive evidence of the nationalities" of the attackers.
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Will Lester
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Deliberations Begin in Nigeria Over Shell Oil Spill, Country One of Top Crude Oil Suppliers to US

Deliberations Begin in Nigeria Over Shell Oil Spill, Country One of Top Crude Oil Suppliers to US
Shell officials on Monday began talks in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives for the Bodo community on compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria's history. Some experts say two oil spills that started in 2008 led to the largest loss of a mangrove habitat ever caused by an oil spill, affecting about 30,000 people in the Niger Delta area since then, according to London-based law firm Leigh Day.
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Carley Petesch
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Wall Street Banks Are to the Economy What Autocrats Are to Their Citizenry

Wall Street Banks Are to the Economy What Autocrats Are to Their Citizenry
In America we tend to look down on Third World autocrats who siphon their country’s wealth into their personal Swiss bank accounts at the expense of their citizens. But we have our own class of kleptocrats that in many ways behave the same way — and often with the same result.
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Obama's Cautious Promotion of Gay Rights in Africa

Obama's Cautious Promotion of Gay Rights in Africa
In December 2011, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum instructing federal agencies to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people overseas. Here are some developments concerning anti-gay legislation in Africa since the memorandum was issued.
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