International

7.29.14:  New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

 

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to a man who died Friday from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.

 

No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria.

 

An Ebola outbreak that emerged in March has killed more than 670 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

 


7.29.14:  EU envoys discuss tougher Russia sanctions

 

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union envoys are expected to decide today whether to slap Russia with tougher sanctions.

 

They’re discussing limiting Russia’s access to European capital markets and halting trade in arms and dual-use and sensitive technologies.

 

Yesterday, the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy and France talked via conference call with President Barack Obama about getting Russia to stop allegedly supplying arms to Ukrainian separatists and other actions that are destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.


7.28.14:   2 Americans have Ebola in Liberia

 

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A relief group official says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia.

 

Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, says told The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was stable and in very serious condition. Thirty-three-year-old Brantly is the medical director for the group’s Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

 

Isaacs identified the second American, Nancy Writebol, as a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital. He said she was in stable and serious condition.

 

He said both Americans have since been isolated and are under intensive treatment.


7.28.14:  Israel-Hamas fighting resumes

 

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip.

 

The strikes broke a relative lull in the fighting at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

 

The military says Israeli jets hit two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing facility in central and northern Gaza today.

 

It says the airstrikes were in response to a Hamas rocket launched into Israel earlier in the morning.

 

The strikes followed an almost 12-hour lull in war-torn Gaza.


7.25.14:  France sends soldiers to Mali plane crash site

 

PARIS (AP) — France is sending a military unit to Mali to secure the site where an Air Algeria plane crashed with 116 aboard. Most of the dead were French citizens.

 

The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria’s flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso.

 

The plane crashed during a rainstorm in a restive area of Mali, near the Burkina Faso border.

 


7.24.14:  Air Algerie plane disappears from radar

 

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Authorities say a flight operated by Air Algerie carrying 110 passengers and a crew of six has disappeared from the radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

 

The official Algerian news agency said air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair plane 50 minutes after takeoff. Flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before news was made public.

 

Swiftair, the private Spanish airline, confirmed that 116 people were aboard.

 

The plane’s flight path passes over Mali, where unrest continues in the north.


7.23.14:  Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

 

NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official and online marketplace StubHub say cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events.

 

The official tells The Associated Press that arrests are expected in a case that sprawls across international borders.

 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with English and Canadian officials.

 

San Francisco-based StubHub says the thieves got account-holders’ login and password information from data breaches at other websites or from malware on the customers’ computers. The company says it detected the unauthorized transactions last year and gave refunds.


7.23.14:  Malaysia Airlines bodies head for Netherlands

 

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash have left the embattled eastern Ukraine today.

 

They’re headed for the Netherlands for positive identification.

 

The Dutch government has declared today a day of mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the bodies this afternoon.

 

All 298 people on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were killed when the plane was shot down last Thursday over a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine.

 

Ukraine and western nations are pressing pro-Russian rebels to allow an unfettered an investigation, something Russian President Vladimir Putin is promising he’ll use his influence to achieve.


7.22.14:  Bodies arrive in government-controlled area

 

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A train carrying the bodies of many of the victims of last week’s Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine, have arrived in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv.

 

That’s where authorities have set up a crash investigation center.

 

The bodies then will be sent to the Netherlands for identification and forensic investigation.

 

Of the 298 who died, 193 were Dutch citizens.

 

Meanwhile, in Brussels, European Union foreign ministers are meeting to decide how to respond to the shootdown, which Lithuania’s foreign minister blames on “terrorists supplied by Moscow.”

 

Meanwhile, protesters marched on the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur today, demanding justice for victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine last week.

 

Western countries have accused the pro-Russia separatists, possibly with help from Moscow, of shooting down the plane.

 

A Russian Embassy official says staff members were ordered to stay inside the embassy compound.

 


7.21.14:    Kerry heads to Middle East, Gaza death toll past 500

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East to push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

 

Kerry leaves Monday for Egypt, where he’ll join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.

 

Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council emerged from an emergency session late Sunday with a proposed resolution much weaker than a proposal from Jordan that called for Israel to pull out of Gaza.

 

The Palestinian death toll is now past 500.  The overall Israel death toll is 20.