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World vows Ebola action as second US case stirs fears WASHINGTON: World leaders declared the Ebola outbreak the worst global health emergency in years, as President Barack Obama vowed a "much more aggressive" response to the spreading virus, which has killed nearly 4,500 people.US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on the world to do more, while insisting his own country would be "much more aggressive" in its response, after a second Texas hospital worker tested positive.The fact that the newly infected Dallas caregiver took a domestic flight a day before she was quarantined magnified global fears about air travel -- concerns Obama tried to tamp down after national crisis talks."We are going to have to make sure that we do not lose sight of the importance of the international response to what is taking place in West Africa," Obama said after meeting with his top advisors.Earlier, Obama called his counterparts from Britain, France, Germany and Italy to better coordinate ...

As Hillary Clinton stumps for Democrats, 2016 looms large WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton hit the campaign trail Wednesday in support of a Democratic Senate hopeful, but she sounded every inch like the prospective frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race.The former secretary of state was in Kentucky lending her political star power to Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has mounted an underdog challenge to unseat five-term Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber's top Republican.The race, in which polls show McConnell with a slim lead, has garnered national attention ...
Obama to hold Ebola meeting at White House, postpones trip WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama abruptly postponed a political trip he was to make on Wednesday to stay at the White House to convene a high-level meeting about the Ebola outbreak.The White House said Obama's trip to New Jersey and Connecticut has been postponed."Later this afternoon, the president will convene a meeting at the White House of his team coordinating the government's response to the Ebola outbreak," spokesman Josh Earnest said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Second health worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola WASHINGTON: A second health worker at the Texas hospital where the first case of Ebola contamination on US soil occurred has tested positive for the disease, the state government said Wednesday.Like the first case, the second concerned a caregiver who treated a Liberian Ebola sufferer who later died at the Dallas hospital, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.The second worker came down with a fever on Tuesday and was isolated at the hospital ...
Missing Mexico students not among 28 in mass grave MEXICO CITY: DNA results show that 28 bodies found in a mass grave in southern Mexico are not those of a group of missing students, the country's attorney general said Tuesday.Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam also said that 14 more local police officers were detained in the case and accused of handing the 43 students over to the Guerreros Unidos gang.Authorities have found several clandestine graves outside the city of Iguala since the students disappeared ...
No hospital 'protocols' for Ebola treatment: US nurses' group WASHINGTON: Nurses at the Texas hospital where a Liberian Ebola patient died last week complain they were given few rules and little guidance on how to treat the severely ill man, contrary to assertions by US health authorities.The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden, said earlier this week that a "breach in protocol" by health workers led to a nurse becoming infected with the potentially fatal virus.But a ...
Obama, Hollande discuss need for Ebola treatment centers WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande on Monday about the urgent need to establish treatment centers for the Ebola outbreak in affected African nations, the White House said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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