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Partial solar eclipse sweeps across North America WASHINGTON: A partial solar eclipse swept across much of North America on Thursday, triggering floods of blurry pictures of a crescent-shaped sun on Twitter and other social media. The best views were on the west coast including California, where the moon blanked out nearly half of the solar disc in cloudless mid-afternoon skies. The partial eclipse, which was even bigger farther north in San Francisco and Seattle, turned the "sun into hugelargeous croissant," tweeted @ProBirdRights, quipping: "I nominate me to go to space now bye."But New York and the rest of the US northeast mostly missed it because the sun was setting by the time the moon moved into position, with only a tiny bite visible at sunset.An eclipse is created by the moon passing in front of the sun, in this case obscuring about half its bright light. Unlike a full solar eclipse it does not turn the sky ...

Potential Ebola patient in New York had contact with few NEW YORK: The doctor being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital had direct contact with very few people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday."Our understanding is that very few people were in direct contact with him," the mayor said of the patient at Bellevue Hospital, identified as Dr. Craig Spencer of Harlem.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
NY doctor being tested for Ebola has not been working at hospital NEW YORK: The doctor being tested in New York for Ebola has not been back to his hospital job or seen patients since returning from West Africa, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center said on Thursday.Dr. Craig Spencer was described as a "committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first" in a statement released by the hospital in upper Manhattan.Spencer, 33, who was in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, was being tested ...
Suspect arrested after jumping White House fence WASHINGTON: A suspect who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday was nabbed by Secret Service agents and dogs, a spokesman for the elite agency said."At approximately 7:16 pm (1116 GMT), an individual climbed the north fence line of the White House," the spokesman said. "The individual was immediately taken into custody on the north lawn of the White House by Secret Service Uniformed Division K-9 teams and Uniformed Division Officers."The fence climber was identified ...
Lone gunman kills Canadian soldier in Ottawa attack OTTAWA: A gunman whose name was on a terror watch list killed a soldier and attempted to storm Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead.The attack -- the second this week targeting Canadian military personnel -- came as Canadian jets were to join the US-led bombing campaign against militants in Iraq.Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged not to waver, saying Canada would bolster its efforts to combat "terrorist" groups abroad."Canada will never be ...
US to funnel travellers from Ebola-hit region through 5 airports NEW YORK: The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travellers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus.Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the US Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of ...
US designates TTP's Khan Said as Global Terrorist WASHINGTON: The US Department of State has designated TTP leader Khan Said as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under an Executive Order, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.A statement released here Tuesday said Khan Said became deputy leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) following the death of Wali-ur-Rehman in May 2013."Said has experience of fighting in Afghanistan, and is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval ...

 



 
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