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Obama: too early to send experimental Ebola drug to Africa WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said Wednesday it was too soon to send experimental drugs for the treatment of Ebola to West Africa, which has been hardest hit by the deadly outbreak.Obama said affected countries should instead focus on building a "strong public infrastructure," adding: "I think we have to let the science guide us. And I don't think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful."The decision to use an experimental drug to treat two Americans infected with Ebola, while nearly 1,000 Africans have already died from the deadly epidemic, has sparked controversy.Asked if, should the drug prove to be effective, he would support fast-tracking its approval in the United States, Obama replied: "I think it's premature for me to say that because I don't have enough information. I don't have enough data right now to offer an opinion on that."Obama emphasized that Ebola, a hemorrhagic ...

Reward offered for 'sadistic' Grand Canyon squirrel kicker WASHINGTON: Animal rights group PETA posted a $15,000 reward on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of a shirtless man seen kicking a squirrel off the edge of the Grand Canyon.Video of the unidentified male luring the squirrel to its widely-assumed death went viral earlier this week on YouTube, which has since taken it down."It is imperative to find anyone who commits sadistic and violent acts against a vulnerable being," said PETA director Martin ...
Four Coca-Cola trucks burned in Mexico attack CHILPANCINGO: Assailants have torched four Coca-Cola trucks in a southwestern Mexico region beset by drug gang violence, authorities said Tuesday.The Guerrero state prosecutor's office said it had launched an investigation to find those responsible for Monday's attack in the Santo Nino community, part of the Arcelia municipality.The arson took place in a region known as Tierra Caliente, which straddles Guerrero and the neighboring state of Michoacan.Both states are plagued by drug cartels known to threaten ...
International community moving toward South Sudan ultimatum: Kerry WASHINGTON: The international community is moving toward issuing an ultimatum to the parties in South Sudan's civil war raging since 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday.Washington is trying to impress upon South Sudanese President Salva Kiir the need for an agreement in a new round of peace talks aimed at ending his country's civil war.On the sidelines of the US-Africa Summit, Kerry met with Kiir and the regional bloc brokering the talks, IGAD ...
Ottawa looks into report Canadians detained in China OTTAWA: Canada on Monday said it was looking into a report in Chinese media that two Canadians have been arrested for spying.If the arrests are confirmed they would ratchet up tensions in the bilateral relationship less than a week after Canada accused China of hacking into its science agency computers. "We are aware of reports that two Canadians have been detained in China. We are gathering information and monitoring developments closely," a foreign ministry statement ...
Mexico detains ex-governor's son seen with drug lord MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities have detained a former governor's son on charges of withholding evidence after he refused to testify over a video showing him sharing a beer with a drug lord.Rodrigo Vallejo, whose father Fausto Vallejo stepped down as governor of the troubled western state of Michoacan for health reasons in June, was ordered held over the weekend.The federal judicial council said Monday that authorities refused to release him on bail and that his ...
Bertha lashes Turks and Caicos, southern Bahamas MIAMI: Tropical Storm Bertha dumped heavy rain on the southern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands on Sunday, as forecasters warned it would likely grow stronger.At 1800 GMT, the storm was packing top winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, and the US-based National Hurricane Center predicted some strengthening over the next two days.Bertha was located 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of San Salvador, Bahamas. A tropical storm warning was in effect for the ...


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