International

10.31.14:   Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 9 people

 

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in bombing attacks near Baghdad today. Iraqi officials say bombs went off in two markets, also wounding a total of 24 people.

 

Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops.

 


10.29.14:   Dozens feared buried in Sri Lanka tea estate mudslide

 

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains may have buried some 250 workers at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka.

Ten bodies have been pulled from the mud.

The military has mobilized troops to help with the rescue operation.

 


10.28.14:   Macy’s to head overseas with branch in Abu Dhabi

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East will be getting the world’s first Macy’s department store outside the United States, and just for good measure, its second Bloomingdale’s, too.

 

Property developer Gulf Related and Dubai-based retail conglomerate Al Tayer Group said on Tuesday that they plan to open both stores in a new shopping center being built in the United Arab Emirates’ oil-rich capital of Abu Dhabi.

 

The stores will be located in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, which is due to open in Spring 2018. Financial details were not disclosed.

 

The nearby Emirati city of Dubai already hosts the first overseas branch of Bloomingdale’s. That outpost opened in 2010 in the vast Dubai Mall, one of the world’s biggest shopping centers, set at the base of the world’s tallest tower.


10.28.14:  Swiss agency approves trial for Ebola vaccine

 

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss agency that regulates new drugs has approved the application for a clinical trial with an experimental Ebola vaccine at the Lausanne University Hospital.

 

Swiss medic says the trial will be conducted on 120 volunteer participants with support from the U.N. World Health Organization.

 

The agency says the trial continues a series that began in the United States, Britain and Mali, using a vaccine based on a genetically modified chimpanzee adenovirus.

 

The experimental vaccine is to be initially administered on healthy volunteers who will be sent as medical staff to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.


10.27.14:  America’s UN ambassador visits Ebola region

 

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is visiting the region of West Africa hardest hit by the Ebola virus.

 

Power met Sunday with religious leaders in Guinea, telling them, “We are in this with you for the long haul.”

 

Today she’s visiting Sierra Leone.

 

The outbreak has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in those two countries and in Liberia.

 

Meanwhile, the governors of New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as the governors back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa.

 

The governors are requiring health workers who’ve worked with Ebola patients in West Africa to stay in their homes during the Ebola incubation period.

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the quarantines may discourage health workers from going to West African to help stop the spread of Ebola.


10.23.14:   Group wants to bolt Ebola quarantine

 

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia state radio is reporting a claim by dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring that they are locked up with no food. The report says the people are threatening to break out of isolation. Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in a town in an impoverished area near the Sierra Leone border.


10.23.14:     Canadian PM says attacks will ‘strengthen our resolve’

 

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says two attacks on Canadian soldiers this week will “lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts” to keep the country safe and work with Canada’s allies to fight terrorists.

 

A gunman yesterday shot to death a soldier standing guard at Ottawa’s war memorial, and on Monday, another gunman ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Ottawa, killing one of them. Harper describes both incidents as terrorist attacks.

 Canadian investigators are offering little information about a gunman who killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s war memorial in Ottawa Wednesday. Investigators say 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau then stormed Parliament and was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms.

 

 


10.22.14:  Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

 

BEIJING (AP) — A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months.

 

The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, told a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the time frame is possible if there is “good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed, good dignified and safe burials of deceased people.”

 

The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people since it emerged 10 months ago. Most of the deaths have been in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

 

The humanitarian network is holding its four-yearly Asia Pacific regional conference in the Chinese capital.


10.22.14:  American detained in NKorea arrives home in Ohio

 

CINCINNATI (AP) — An American man just freed from North Korea has arrived in his home state of Ohio this morning.

 

Jeffrey Fowle was detained for nearly six months after leaving a Bible at a nightclub.

 

The 56-year-old had been awaiting trial. Fowle was flown out of North Korea yesterday on a U.S. military jet.

 

Two other Americans who have been convicted of crimes in the North are still being held.


10.21.14:  Ebola workers get new guidelines

 

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials have released new guidelines for health care workers taking care of Ebola patients.

 

Health workers had been pushing for guidance since two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were infected by a Liberian man with Ebola who eventually died.

 

The guidelines call for being covered head to toe with face shields, hoods, boot covers, and training and monitoring of putting on and taking off protective equipment.

 

The CDC cannot require hospitals to follow the guidance; it’s merely official advice.