12 Aug 2014

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organization panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but cautioned supplies will be limited. The panel said any provision of experimental Ebola medicines would require

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12 Aug 2014

Russia sends big aid convoy to Ukraine, West sounds warnings

A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory. Kiev and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn

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12 Aug 2014

U.S. directly arming Kurds in Iraq

The Obama administration has shipped weapons directly to Kurdish forces battling ISIS militants in northern Iraq and is considering ways to expand the transfer of arms, U.S. officials told CNN. Shipments have so far come from the CIA, two U.S. officials said. But discussions are underway inside the administration about

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12 Aug 2014

Iraqi President nominates new Prime Minister

Iraqi President Fuad Masum nominated a new Prime Minister on Monday, further complicating the country’s intense power struggle amid a dire humanitarian crisis and a militant threat strong enough to draw U.S. air power back to the fray. via Iraqi President nominates new Prime Minister – CNN.com.

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11 Aug 2014

Clinical trial to start soon on GSK Ebola vaccine

A clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is set to start shortly, according to British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which is co-developing the product with U.S. scientists. via Clinical trial to start soon on GSK Ebola vaccine | Reuters.

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11 Aug 2014

Erdogan’s presidential win starts race for new Turkish government

Turkey’s ruling party begins deliberations on the shape of the next government on Monday after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history by winning the nation’s first direct presidential election. via Erdogan’s presidential win starts race for new Turkish government | Reuters.

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11 Aug 2014

Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

osovo police arrested 40 men on Monday on suspicion of having fought with Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq, a crackdown aimed at deterring recruitment of volunteer fighters, authorities in the small Balkan state said. via Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria | Reuters.

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11 Aug 2014

China says over 150 ‘economic fugitives’ at large in the U.S

More than 150 economic fugitives, many of whom are corrupt officials or suspected of graft in China, are at large in the United States, Chinese state media said on Monday, citing a senior official from the public security via China says over 150 ‘economic fugitives’ at large in the U.S

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11 Aug 2014

U.S. to monitor South China Sea, talks with Australia on regional defense

The United States will monitor the South China Sea to see whether “de-escalatory steps” are being taken, a U.S. State Department official said on Monday, a day after China repelled U.S. pressure to rein in actions in the disputed waters. via U.S. to monitor South China Sea, talks with Australia

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11 Aug 2014

Egypt, Saudis seek united front against militant Islam

The leaders of the Arab world’s most populous state and its richest state met on Sunday to talk over joint efforts to counter Islamist militancy across the Middle East, including the turmoil now shaking Iraq. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah are sworn enemies of

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