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Doctor exposed to Ebola treated in US WASHINGTON: An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a clinic of the National Institutes of Health outside Washington.The patient, whose identity was not revealed, was volunteering as a physician in a unit treating those suffering from the tropical fever that has already killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa since the end of last year.."Out of an abundance of caution, the patient has been admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's special clinical studies unit that is specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists," the medical research center said in a statement."The unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola."It stressed that treating the patient in the United States "presents minimal risk" to other patients, NIH staff and ...

South Korea current account surplus slips in August SEOUL: South Korea's current account surplus narrowed to $7.27 billion in August due to heavy royalty payments and overseas travel spending during the summer holiday season, state data showed Monday. The preliminary figure compared with a surplus $7.84 billion in July, according to the central Bank of Korea. The current account -- the broadest measure of foreign trade in goods and services -- has been in the black for 30 months in a row.Exports last ...

Hong Kong protesters defiant after tear gas chaos HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters defied tear gas volleys and thronged the streets in their thousands Monday after overnight clashes with police, paralysing parts of the city as they demanded Beijing allow unfettered elections.The rare scenes -- in which crowds faced down riot police in the worst unrest since the handover to China in 1997 -- brought widespread disruption as commuters struggled to make their way into work leaving many schools and businesses shuttered.Protesters have ...

President Mamnoon to visit Kabul to attend swearing in ceremony ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain will attend the swearing in ceremony for the new President of Afghanistan being held on September, 29. Foreign Office Spokesperson giving details said President Mamoon is visiting Kabul on the official invitation of Afghanistan. Spokesperson said Pakistan congratulated the Afghan people and leadership on the signing of the agreement on government of national unity and completion of the electoral process. The President's participation in the inauguration ceremony underscores Pakistan's consistent support ...

8 die, 10 injured in Hangu blast PESHAWAR: Eight persons, including two girls, died and 10 injured in a remote-controlled bomb explosion in Muhammad Khawjah IDPs camp at Togh Sarray, Hangu district. According to Hangu police, a motorcycle laden with 10 kilogram explosives was detonated at the camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Bajaur Agency. Six persons died on the spot and two succumbed to their injuries at Civil Hospital Hangu. Out of ten others, four injured were in a critical ...

Obama admits US underestimated IS threat WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama admitted Sunday that the United States had underestimated the opportunity that a collapsing Syria would provide for militants to regroup and stage a sudden comeback.Speaking to CBS News, the president said that former Al-Qaeda fighters driven from Iraq by US and local forces had been able to gather in Syria to form the newly dangerous Islamic State group.A US-led coalition of Arab and Western allies have begun an air campaign to ...


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