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  • Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

    DALLAS (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas — a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.

    Associated Press28 mins ago
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  • Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient…

    Reuters32 mins ago
  • Judge accepts plea in 1998 embassy bombings case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Tuesday accepted the guilty plea of an Egyptian lawyer in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, saying the government acted reasonably in reducing charges against him.

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  • US Marines crisis unit to deploy to Mideast

    Washington (AFP) - The US Marine Corps plans to deploy 2,300 troops to the Middle East for a new unit designed to quickly respond to crises in the volatile region, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

  • First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: CDC

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country after flying from Liberia to Texas, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally. The…

  • Large crowds mark 1991 coup anniversary in Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A large crowd of supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched Tuesday through the capital on the anniversary of a 1991 military coup that ousted the country's first democratically elected leader.

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  • At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines.

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  • Algeria identifies suspects in Frenchman's beheading

    Algiers (AFP) - Algeria has identified suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, the justice minister said Tuesday, as the North Africa country widened its probe into the brutal execution.

  • New UN Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis

    Accra (AFP) - The new head of the UN Ebola response team vowed Tuesday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.

  • 'We all thought we were going to die': Syria shipwreck survivor

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The light was fading so quickly that Mohammed Kazkji lost count of the number of people drowning around him. "I was terrified as it was getting dark and I thought no one would come for us," the 22-year-old student fleeing from Damascus,…

  • Emirates inks deal to manage Angola's airline

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates airline — the Middle East's largest carrier — has signed a 10-year management deal with Angola's national airline in a move that could bolster the Dubai-based carrier's foothold in Africa.

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  • England prop Corbisiero out of November tests

    LONDON (AP) — England prop Alex Corbisiero will miss the November tests after tearing a ligament in his shoulder, deepening the team's front-row problems ahead of matches against the southern hemisphere powers.

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  • Thousands of Ebola orphans shunned by relatives: UNICEF

    Dakar (AFP) - Thousands of children who have lost parents to the west African Ebola epidemic risk are being shunned by frightened and suspicious relatives, the UN children's fund said on Tuesday.

  • Uganda uncovers 'Al-Qaeda prison plot'

    Kampala (AFP) - Uganda has intercepted communications between militants in the east African nation and Al-Qaeda groups in north Africa requesting help in a planned attack on a major Kampala prison, the country's police chief has revealed.

  • Ebola epidemic battering Liberian economy: minister

    Geneva (AFP) - Liberia's Ebola crisis is battering the economy of a nation that has spent the past decade recovering from 14 years of civil war, its minister of commerce said Tuesday.

  • Correction: Ebola story

    The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

    Associated Press
  • Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF

    Dakar (AFP) - Thousands of children who have lost parents to the west African Ebola epidemic risk are being shunned by frightened and suspicious relatives, the UN children's fund said on Tuesday.