By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The three worst-hit countries of
By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of
Whether you want a cosmopolitan city, a central spot from which to explore nature or a hidden gem not yet discovered by great hordes of tourists, Lonely Planets top 10 cities for 2015 has a spot for you.
Imagine discovering a plant that has the potential to help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and paralyzing anxiety. Thats what some believe ayahuasca can do, and this psychedelic drink is attracting more and more tourists to the Amazon.
KIEV, Ukraine — Marina Demko wants to build a stronger Ukraine if she wins a seat in her nation’s landmark Sunday parliamentary elections. But she has one big problem: she is campaigning to represent a part of her country that
Up to 200 Iraqi Kurdish fighters are expected to cross the Turkish border within the next several days, barring new roadblocks, to join Kurdish Syrian forces defending the town of Kobane against the Islamic State. Read full article >>
Despite the panic over a doctor with Ebola in New York City, a case half the world away may be more dangerous in the long run. On Thursday, Malis health minister confirmed that the country has its first confirmed Ebola case: A 2-year-old girl
MOSCOW — Making clear that the Kremlin has no intention of backing down from the worst Russia-Western crisis since the Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of trying to “reshape the whole world” for
The men loading fresh lobster onto a pickup truck in this far northeastern coastal town joked as they talked politics, but one central issue in the country’s upcoming presidential runoff clearly divided them — the federal Family Allowance income support
CAIRO — More than two dozen Egyptian soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack at a military checkpoint in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Friday, marking one of the deadliest insurgent actions in the country in years, even as
Sweden called off a week-long hunt for a suspected underwater intruder Friday, saying the presumed craft had likely slipped past the country’s largest naval mobilization since the Cold War. The sweeps along Sweden’s rocky coast ended with many questions unanswered
Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin went out of his way to dismiss a very American political system: The U.S. electoral college. Toward the end of a lengthy question and answer session, Putin contrasted Russias direct
While it captured the attention of the world six months ago, #BringBackOurGirls — the online campaign to free 200 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by the extremist Boko Haram group — has faded from view almost as fast as it appeared. Heres
The ravages of the Islamic State have been one of the dominant news stories of 2014. But before this year, few were even aware of the organization. Originally a splinter of al-Qaeda, it has shaken foreign governments in ways its former parent
She was an ordinary lab technician with an uncommonly dangerous assignment: drawing blood from Ebola-infected animals in a secret military laboratory. When she cut herself at work one day, she decided to keep quiet, fearing she’d be in trouble. Then
Anger and outrage had been growing for months in Iran over a string of acid attacks targeting women. This week, those emotions erupted into the streets, with about 2,000 people condemning the attacks in front of the city of Isfahans judiciary building on Wednesday and
Few things are as synonymous as Russia and vodka. And while it may be a cliche, its a cliche with good reason: According to one study of drinking habits from 2012, Russians consumed almost 14 liters of vodka per person that year —
MOSCOW — The climate of hostility toward critical voices that has already changed the face of Russianjournalism and politicsis focusing on a new target: the arts. In Moscow, a city that prides itself on a rich cultural heritage, there are
BEIJING — A Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday that she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a U.N. conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport. On the face of it, the travel ban might
In the wake of Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, Canadian lawmakers returned to work amid calls for increased security that would provide safety while maintaining the openness that is a hallmark of the country’s Parliament and society. Read full article >>
OTTAWA — Before he shot and killed a soldier, before he opened fire inside the Canadian Parliament and before he sparked a panic that froze a large part of the capital, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted to leave. Read full article >>
U.S. and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to set aside a long-delayed timeline for giving Seoul control of both nations’ military forces in South Korea during wartime, a signal of continued anxiety about the threat North Korea poses to its
Efua Dorkenoo, who for more than three decades waged an international campaign to eradicate the practice known as female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice that affects millions of girls and women in Africa, the Middle East and immigrant communities around
BALAD, Iraq — Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The diagnosis: poisoning by chlorine gas. The perpetrators, according to the officers: Islamic
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in Chinas far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the worlds biggest coal producing country.
OTTAWA/HAMILTON Ontario (Reuters) - Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected,
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriffs deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said.
MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fannie Mae has reached a $170 million settlement of a lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders about its finances, risk management and mortgage exposure before it was seized by the U.S. government during the 2008 financial
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal more than
DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Cos new chief executive, Mark Fields, is giving the automakers long-moribund Lincoln brand what his predecessor Alan Mulally never could: a little love and a lot of cash.
SANAA (Reuters) - A U.S. drone on Friday struck positions believed to belong to Sunni Muslim al Qaeda fighters near their battlefront with arch-rivals from the Shiite Muslim Houthi group, tribal sources said, but there were no immediate reports of
ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Two attacks in Egypts Sinai Peninsula killed at least 28 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a vivid display of fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used.
(Reuters) - General Motors Co persuaded a federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a $3 billion lawsuit in which Spyker NV accused it of derailing a plan to sell the Swedish automaker Saab to a Chinese company.
WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10
ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday denied a report from Turkeys president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let 1,300 Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help defend it against besieging
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose to a six-year high in September, but a sharp downward revision to Augusts sales pace indicated that the housing recovery remains fragile.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presents the package of new gun laws known as the Safe Act as one of his greatest successes, but that is not how it is viewed across stretches outside New York City and its suburbs.
In her book Counterclockwise, Harvard professor Ellen Langer recounts a groundbreaking study she did in 1979 that has since become the stuff of legend. She took a group of male research subjects in their 70’s and 80’s on a retreat.
(RICHMOND, Va.) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search that left the campus and community on edge. University
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — An assailant shot three sheriff’s deputies in two neighboring Northern California counties on Friday, also shooting and wounding a bystander in an attempt to carjack a vehicle, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were searching a canyon in the
(NEW YORK) — The governors of New Jersey and New York say they’re issuing a mandatory quarantine for travelers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
A suspect described as a one-man crime spree is accused of shooting three Northern California sheriffs deputies, killing two of them and wounding a civilian, then eluding hundreds of searchers before being hunted down and forced to surrender, authorities said.
A student recently crowned freshman class homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others â including two of his cousins â before turning the gun on himself, officials
Republican businessman Bruce Blakeman has loaned his campaign another $250,000, bringing the total to $925,000, to win the open seat in the 4th Congressional District, according to a report he filed last week with the Federal Election Campaign.