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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 the travel ban sought by some US lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States.Affected travellers will have their temperatures checked for signs of a fever that may indicate Ebola infection, among other protocols, at New York's John F. Kennedy, New Jersey's Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago's O'Hare international airports, officials said."We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said ...

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 ...
Ebola nurse's status upgraded to good from fair NEW YORK: The medical status of nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola when she helped treat the first patient to be diagnosed with the disease on US soil, was upgraded to good from fair on Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced.Pham was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Faulty airbags warning expanded to 6.1mn US cars: NHTSA WASHINGTON: The US highway safety regulator, NHTSA, expanded its warning on Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto-part maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States."The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags," it said in a statement."Over six million vehicles are involved in these recalls, ...
Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight LOS ANGELES: A leading Vietnamese dissident freed by Hanoi was mobbed by supporters late Tuesday as he arrived in the United States, vowing to fight for democracy and other detainees in his home country. Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam's most prominent bloggers, was freed two years after he was sentenced to 12 years in jail by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of "anti-state propaganda.""This is a result of the victory of democratic ...
Mexican soldiers allegedly executed 12 surrendered suspects MEXICO CITY: Mexican soldiers executed at least a dozen people who surrendered after a gunfight in June between troops and suspected criminals, a government human rights official said Tuesday.The extrajudicial killings accounted for most of the 22 deaths recorded from the incident, which occurred in the central town of Tlatlaya on June 30, said Raul Plascencia, head of the National Human Rights Commission.The execution toll was higher than the one given by the government, which ...
Canada raises 'terrorism' alert after soldier killed OTTAWA: Canada raised its national "terrorism" alert on Tuesday, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected militant died in hospital. The alert level was raised from low to medium after authorities said a man they believed to be "radicalized" struck two officers with his car Monday, but authorities said the heightened alert was not "the result of a specific threat.""This level means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within ...

 



 
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