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Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus

ABUJA, (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free today after a 42 day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus .

Hong Kong crisis deepens  after weekend clashes

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police .

U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink

GALVESTON, Texas, (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said yesterday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared .

Peru’s ex-prosecutor to head anti-corruption group

Peru’s ex-prosecutor to head anti-corruption group

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global anti-corruption campaigners at Transparency International elected Peruvian lawyer Jose Ugaz as its new head yesterday marking a shift from quiet diplomacy in combatting fraud and bribery toward more grassroots activism .

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

URFA, Turkey, (Reuters) - The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said yesterday .

Controlling the message: India’s Modi chooses state media

Controlling the message: India’s Modi chooses state media

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has anointed India’s state-backed broadcaster as his media brand of choice, helping shield his government from tough questions and prompting private news outlets to complain that they are being kept out of the loop .

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex

LONDON, (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armoured fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland .

Americans ‘can’t give in to hysteria or fear’ over Ebola – Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but more than 100 people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans yesterday not to give in to “hysteria” about the spread of the virus .

Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on despite imminent talks

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted early today in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week .

Sweden steps up hunt for ‘foreign underwater activity’

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden boosted its military presence in Stockholm’s archipelago yesterday to scour its waters for “foreign underwater activity” in a mobilisation of ships, troops and helicopters unseen since the Cold War .

Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China, the world’s second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries, now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution .

Power out for thousands in Bermuda as hurricane moves away

HAMILTON, Bermuda, (Reuters) - Power was out for tens of thousands in Bermuda this morning after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the island with torrential rain and howling winds through the night, but there have been no reports of serious injuries .

Nigeria says reaches deal with Boko Haram over abducted girls

ABUJA, (Reuters) - Nigeria’s government has reached a deal with Islamic militant group Boko Haram for a cease-fire and the release of around 200 girls kidnapped six months ago from a school in the northeast town of Chibok, the defence chief said yesterday .

Food prices soar in Ebola-hit countries, aid workers deliver rations

GENEVA/MONROVIA, (Reuters) - Food prices have risen by an average of 24 percent across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as aid workers scrambled to distribute emergency rations to the hungry .

UN Security Council urges stronger campaign against Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday pushed for a bombing campaign in Iraq against Islamic State militants and associated extremist groups to be strengthened and expanded .

South African prosecutor wins anti-corruption award

BERLIN, (Reuters) - Anti-corruption body Transparency Inter-national named South African lawyer Thuli Madonsela as the winner of its integrity award for 2014 yesterday, citing her investigations into graft allegations at every level - all the way up the president .

Russia and Ukraine reach tentative gas deal in tough Milan talks

MILAN, (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine made progress yesterday towards resolving a dispute over gas supplies in time for winter, but European leaders said Moscow still had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine .

Renamo rejects Mozambique election result, African observers endorse vote

MAPUTO, (Reuters) - Mozambique's main opposition group Renamo today rejected as fraudulent results showing the ruling Frelimo party had won national elections but African observers endorsed the vote as largely free and acceptable .

‘Day of Interaction’  at Enterprise

‘Day of Interaction’ at Enterprise

More than 500 persons gathered at the Enterprise Community Development Centre ground as early as 8am on Sunday for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport’s fun-filled ‘Day of Interaction .

Obama open to appointing Ebola ‘czar,’ opposes travel ban

Obama open to appointing Ebola ‘czar,’ opposes travel ban

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said he was considering appointing an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States, but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa .

Ramped-up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, (Reuters) - Two days of heavy air strikes by U .

Niger strips ex-ruler of immunity  in quest for missing millions

Niger strips ex-ruler of immunity in quest for missing millions

NIAMEY, (Reuters) - Niger has removed former President Mamadou Tandja’s legal immunity, his lawyer confirmed on Thursday, as it hunts for 400 billion CFA francs ($780 million) that has gone missing .

Hong Kong police clear protesters,  barricades in surprise raid in Mong Kok

Hong Kong police clear protesters, barricades in surprise raid in Mong Kok

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged a dawn raid last night on one of the key sites occupied by pro-democracy protesters, removing barricades from roads and clearing out most of the demonstrators in an another setback for their movement .

Female orgasm: battleground of science?

NEW YORK, (Reuters Health) - Hapless lovers are not the only ones who get lost down there: even sexologists can’t agree on what’s what, and where, among women’s female parts .

Hurricane Gonzalo regains strength on way to Bermuda

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo regained strength today, again reaching Category 4, as it swirled towards Bermuda, the U .

Ebola deaths near 4,500 as virus spreads in W. Africa -WHO

MONROVIA, (Reuters) - A total of 4,493 people have died from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the World Health Organization said yesterday .

U.S. health official allowed new Ebola patient on plane with slight fever

DALLAS, (Reuters) - A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola told a U .

How Mosul fell: An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad’s story

How Mosul fell: An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad’s story

By Ned Parker, Isabel Coles and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - Lieutenant General Mahdi Gharawi knew an attack was coming .

Hong Kong police use pepper spray on protesters, anger simmers over beating

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - Hong Kong police used pepper spray early today to stop pro-democracy protesters from blocking a major road near the office of the city’s embattled leader amid public anger over the police beating of a protester a day earlier .

World Health Organization backs higher tobacco taxes to cut smoking

LONDON, (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) approved guidelines yesterday urging countries to increase cigarette taxes to help discourage smoking .

Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS, (Reuters) - A second Texas healthcare worker who treated the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement today .

U.S. sets up rapid-response Ebola team; Dallas nurse improves

DALLAS, (Reuters) - The United States is establishing a rapid-response team to help hospitals “within hours” whenever there is a case of Ebola, the top doctor leading the fight against the deadly virus said yesterday .

Hong Kong tensions rise as police use pepper spray on protesters to clear road

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - Hundreds of Hong Kong police used pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters in the early hours today to clear a major road that had been barricaded with concrete slabs, heightening tensions in the financial hub .

Obama, foreign military chiefs coordinate Islamic State plans

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama yesterday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group’s advances at the north Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq .

Mexico says missing students not among remains found in mass grave

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - None of the 28 bodies found in a mass grave in restive southwestern Mexico belongs to a group of 43 missing students, Mexico’s attorney general said yesterday .

U.S. reviews Waldorf Astoria sale to Chinese firm

U.S. reviews Waldorf Astoria sale to Chinese firm

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - The United States said it is reviewing the sale to a Chinese firm of New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria hotel, home to the U .

Researchers find new web encryption bug, warn of ‘Poodle’ attack

BOSTON, (Reuters) - Three Google Inc researchers have uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to steal data in what they have dubbed a “Poodle” attack .

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