Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. military response to the outbreak of Ebola in
Liberia continues to progress, with facilities expected to be fully operational the week
of October 20, the Pentagon’s press secretary, Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, said
Speaking at the State Department press briefing, Kirby provided an update on
Operation United Assistance.
“Our forces on the ground in Liberia continue to make progress in setting up
infrastructure and facilities to support the international response,” he said.
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Newscast Media BEIJING—A Chinese drug-maker with military ties has sent an
experimental Ebola drug to Africa for use by Chinese aid workers and is planning
clinical trials there to combat a deadly outbreak of the disease, executives at the firm
told Reuters on Thursday.
Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd has supplied several thousand doses of its
drug JK-05 to the region, Chief Operating Officer Jia Zhongxin said. More doses could
be sent if needed, Jia said. Sihuan, part-owned by Morgan Stanley, is hoping to get
the drug fast-tracked for civilian use in China.
It has signed an agreement with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS), a
research unit, to seek approval for its use in China and push it to market.
Source: Hindu Times
Newscast Media NEW YORK—The UN Security Council has called on the international
community to step up its efforts to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak.
The 15-member council issued a unanimous statement on Wednesday,
saying that the world “has failed to date to adequately address the
magnitude of the outbreak and its effects.”
Warning that Ebola is posing a serious threat to the world peace and security, the
Security Council also urged the international community to “accelerate and
dramatically expand the provision of resources and financial and material assistance”
to the West African countries most devastated by the fatal virus. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media HOUSTON—In an unprecedented move to encroach upon religious
liberties, the office of Houston’s homosexual mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed four
area pastors demanding they submit their speeches to city council for inspection. The
purpose of this inspection was to identify any anti-gay or gender-related material
that was offensive to the gay community.
According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nationally-known law firm that
specializes in defending religious liberty and is defending the Houston pastors, city
officials are upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the city council rejected valid
petitions to repeal a law that allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s
restrooms. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Russian media is making much of the announcement
by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Washington and Moscow are set to
increase their intelligence-sharing about the Islamic State (IS) militant
group, suggesting that the move is a sign not only that Moscow is a powerful player
in the region (whose influence is essential to combating IS), but also that
Washington is moving closer to Russia’s position on the Syrian crisis.
Moscow is using the fight against IS to reiterate its position that its ally, Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad, is the proper partner to combat the extremist group.
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The US military’s Central Command said US aircraft
carried out 18 airstrikes on “Islamic State” (IS) positions near the besieged Syrian
border town of Kobani on Tuesday and Wednesday.
US officials said several rebel positions were destroyed and 16 buildings, occupied by
the militants, were hit in this latest operation to stop the advance of the IS group.
A further five strikes were carried out against IS targets in Iraq.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the US Central Command said the bombing
raids near Kobani were to support besieged Kurdish militia in the region.
Activists and the authorities reported that Kurdish fighters had made small advances
following clashes with IS extremists in and around Kobani just hours after the US-led
Earlier, the Pentagon said 21 airstrikes against IS targets near Kobani overnight
Monday marked the largest number in the region in a 24-hour period since the air
campaign began in Syria last month.
On Monday, Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebels inside its borders,
defying calls from Washington to instead focus on the IS.
The strikes were the first against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets since a
March 2013 ceasefire.
There had been increasing tension between Turkey and the PKK over Ankara’s refusal
to allow Turkish Kurds to leave the country to defend Kobani.
The fresh conflict between Ankara and the PKK also highlights the complicated
position Turkey faces as it negotiates its role with the US and NATO allies fighting the
The strikes came ahead of an October 15 deadline set by PKK leader, Abdullah
Ocalan, for a roadmap to salvage the fragile peace process.
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Newscast Media MONTGOMERY—A Montgomery, Alabama, Baptist congregation is
reeling after their longtime pastor confessed at the pulpit a few Sundays ago that he
has AIDS, knowingly slept with church members inside the building without revealing
his status, and abused drugs and mishandled the congregation’s money.
The shocking revelation was confirmed by a WSFA 12 news report which noted that
church leaders at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church relieved the offending pastor,
Juan Demetrius McFarland, who is a married man, of his duties on Sunday. McFarland
is also moderator of the Alabama Middle District Missionary Baptist Association, which
includes 34 churches across the state. Association leaders told WSFA 12 that there
were no discussions to remove him from that post. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media NEW YORK—The United Nations has called on authorities in the
Democratic Republic of Congo to carry out criminal investigations into acts of violence
committed by the former March 23 (M23) rebels in the eastern part of the African
country between April 2012 and November 2013.
“In the light of documented breaches of human rights and international
law, it is recommended that Congolese authorities open sweeping,
thorough and fair judicial investigations on the crimes committed by
civilians and fighters in M23 in North Kivu province,” the Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a
statement released on Thursday.
The UN accuses the M23 members of killing, raping and torturing hundreds of people,
stressing that the actual number of victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo could
be considerably higher.
It says some of the cases could be considered to be “war crimes and crimes against
The M23 rebels defected from the Congolese army in April 2012 in protest over
alleged mistreatment in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo
(FARDC). They had previously been integrated into the Congolese army under a
peace deal signed in 2009. The group was defeated last November by government
forces and UN troops.
Several armed groups are active in the eastern Congo and are fighting for control of
the country’s vast mineral resources, such as gold, the main tin ore cassiterite, and
coltan (columbite-tantalite), which is used to make many electronic devices, including
About 2.9 million people have resettled in Congo and some 500,000 have crossed into
neighboring countries, including Rwanda and Uganda.
Congo has faced numerous problems over the past few decades, such as grinding
poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and a war in the east of the country that has
dragged on since 1998 and left nearly six million people dead.
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Newscast Media TEHRAN—Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Grand
Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei stressed Monday that enemy’s plots against Iran
throughout years have failed to defeat it, adding that today’s efforts by the United
States and its allies against the terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant’ (ISIL) Takfiri group are not real.
In a meeting he held in Tehran, his eminence said, “If anyone fuels the fire in this
regard (the so-called fight against ISIL), he will definitely be helping sinister America
and Britain which are the creators of the ISIL and al-Qaeda.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also urged Muslims not to get dragged to any move that would
affect their unity and put them into enemies’ hands.
Grand Ayatollah expressed that the enemies of Islam have always sought to ignite
sedition between both Muslim sects – Shiites and Sunnis – in order to deflect their
attention from the real enemy.
“Shias and Sunni shouldn’t help the enemy by desecrating their sanctities and
provoking one another’s sentiments,” the Supreme Leader underlined.
Ayatollah Khamenei added all enemy efforts including their divisive plots against Iran
over the past thirty five years have failed.
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian scientists prepare to test Ebola vaccine on
primates, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said Monday. She said that
Russia is trying to get enough test material “to repeat tests on primates and start
“This work will take several more months,” the minister added.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said, in her turn, that Russian scientists
were “about to finish work on developing the vaccine.”
Earlier in October, Skvortsova stated that the Russian scientists were planning to
introduce vaccines to fight Ebola within the next six months and that Russia had
also begun the work on creation of special drugs for the prevention and treatment of
the deadly virus.
The Ebola epidemic currently taking place in West Africa broke out in southern Guinea
in February, and later spread across the entire region, with cases also having been
reported in Spain and the United States. According to the latest figures by the World
Health Organization (WHO), the number of Ebola victims has reached 4,033.
The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of those
infected. Though there is no officially approved medication for the disease, several
countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan
are currently working on developing Ebola vaccines.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—During the past several weeks, news about the Ebola
virus has dominated news platforms and been on everyone’s mind. The problem is, not
everything that is being reported is accurate. The good news is that we have the
facts and resources for information straight from the director of the Centers for
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Newscast Media MOSCOW—In a telephone conversation with his father, an Islamic
State (IS) commander, Tarkhan Batirashvili, also known as Omar al-Shishani or Omar
the Chechen, stated that the militant group plans to invade Russia, Bloomberg
“He said “don’t worry dad, I’ll come home and show the Russians,’” Bloomberg quoted
Temur Batirashvili, the father of the IS commander, as saying Thursday.
“I have many thousands following me now and I’ll get more. We’ll have our revenge
against Russia,” Omar the Chechen told his father, according to Bloomberg.
In September, the IS issued a video threatening to include Chechnya into its
self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate.
In late September, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram
account that Russia had enough power and the means to stop terrorists from
crossing its borders. “Taking all responsibility, I declare that those who have voiced a
threat against Russia or who have mentioned the name of our President Vladimir Putin
will be destroyed right where they made their statement. We will not wait for them to
get behind the steering wheel of a plane. They will go where his fellow terrorists are
rotting,” Kadyrov wrote.
Several hundred individuals from the United States and Canada, as well as about 500
Britons are believed to be fighting for the IS. There are also militants from other
countries among IS fighters.
The IS, a sectarian Sunni Muslim militia, is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq
and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It seized
large parts of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the areas under
its control. Its rapid advance in northern Iraq triggered a response from Washington,
which launched airstrikes against the insurgents fighting on the Iraqi soil in August.
The military campaign was subsequently extended to Syria, with an international
coalition set up to defeat the extremists.
According to the US State Department, the coalition currently comprises more than
60 countries, including Arab League members and a number of European countries.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media NEW ILLINOIS—The United States may be behind the deadly Ebola
outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, two West African countries known to host
American biological warfare laboratories, a University of Illinois College of Law scholar
told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
“US government agencies have a long history of carrying out allegedly defensive
biological warfare research at labs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This includes the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is now the point agency for
managing the Ebola spill-over into the US,” Prof. Francis Boyle said.
“Why has the Obama administration dispatched troops to Liberia when they have no
training to provide medical treatment to dying Africans? How did Zaire/Ebola get to
West Africa from about 3,500km away from where it was first identified in 1976?”
The US has pledged as many as 4,000 troops to the region. Thomas Duncan, 42, the
first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US, died on Wednesday. He caught the
virus in his native Liberia and traveled to see relatives in the US.
“Why is the CDC not better-prepared for this emergency after the US government
spent about $70 billion since the anthrax attacks of October 2001 to prepare for this
exact contingency?” Boyle said.
More than 3,860 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak in history and the first
to have occurred in West Africa. It began in southern Guinea in February and spread
to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The World health Organization (WHO) says it
could infect some 20,000 people before it is brought under control.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media HAGUE—Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appeared before the
International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, in Netherlands, where he faces
charges of crimes against humanity.
On Wednesday, a relaxed-looking Kenyatta listened intently and at times had a
bemused look on his face as the prosecution spoke.
Judge Kuniko Ozaki told the 52-year-old Kenyan leader that he was in court “solely in
your capacity as an accused individual.”
Kenyatta was summoned to appear at the ICC despite the prosecution admitting
earlier that it did not have enough evidence to go ahead with a trial because Nairobi
was not cooperating and obstructing the investigation by withholding the evidence
Kenyan Attorney General Githu Muigai, who appeared before the court on Tuesday,
however rejected the claim.
Kenyatta is the first serving head of state to come before the ICC. He faces five
counts over his alleged role in orchestrating the post-election ethnic violence in 2007
and 2008, which left 1,200 people dead and 600,000 displaced.
The prosecution wants Kenyatta’s bank statements, tax records and telephone
records that will shed light on his alleged involvement in the violence.
Kenyatta says the charges against him are politically motivated and insists that the
case should be thrown out. He has also accused the ICC of being biased against
The African Union has called upon the ICC to withdraw the case and transfer it to
Kenyan courts, also accusing the court of targeting Africans.
Uhuru returned to Kenya today at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where the
Kenyan President reassumed the powers of his office. Uhuru was greeted by a
cheering crowd after his 48-hour absence from the country.
The ICC judges will now make the final decision regarding Kenyatta’s fate.
Source: Press TV
Newscast Media SAN FRANCISCO—Twitter is taking legal action against the US
Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The social media
company is asking for the right to fully release government surveillance information.
Social media major Twitter filed a lawsuit in a California federal court Tuesday against
the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The San Francisco-based social media company is seeking the right to provide users
with more information regarding the extent and scope of government surveillance.
Click here to read or download Twitter lawsuit against US govt.
Twitter, like other Internet companies, is barred from publishing its full “transparency
report,” which documents government requests for user information. The current
published report does not include the exact number of national security requests,
even if no requests were received.
“We’ve tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation,
but to no avail,” Twitter said in a blog post Tuesday.
The company will be “asking the court to declare these restrictions on our ability to
speak about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment.”
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Calmness has prevailed on the Eastern mountain range
at Ain al-Saa, Lebanon’s northeastern border with Syria, as Hezbollah frustrated the
vast Nusra attack against the strategic area.
Videos showed the blood spots of al-Nusra terrorists who left their equipments and
escaped the encounter towards Assal al-Ward barrens in Syria.
ISIL was no match for Hezbollah, which is considered the world’s most sophisticated
and lethal guerilla organization.
Meanwhile, Dutch F-16s Tuesday carried out their first strikes on ISIL in Iraq, the
defense ministry said, with militants possibly killed.
“Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for the first time in Iraq against the
ISIL terrorist group. They dropped three bombs on armed ISIS vehicles that were
shooting at (Kurdish) Peshmerga fighters in the north of the country,” the statement
“Vehicles were destroyed in the attack and ISIL fighters possibly killed,” it added.
The F-16s are being deployed as close air support, backing Iraqi and Kurdish ground
troops fighting ISIS militants.
Source: Al Manar TV News
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Newscast Media MADRID—Four people have been hospitalized in Spain after a nurse
became the first person to contract Ebola in Europe. Now in isolation, the nurse is
thought to have gotten the virus while treating a missionary in Madrid.
On Tuesday, Spanish health authorities confirmed that a total of four people had
been hospitalized in a bid to curb the spread of Ebola.
The first case of Ebola to be contracted outside West Africa was announced by
Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato at a press conference on Monday.
The 40-year-old nurse was transferred early on Tuesday to Madrid’s Carlos III
hospital, where she had helped treat two elderly Spanish missionaries who died of
Ebola shortly after being brought home from Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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Newscast Media HAMBURG—A man being treated for Ebola in Germany has been
discharged after showing no further signs of infection, according to health officials.
The Senegal national had been hospitalized in late August.
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf confirmed on Saturday that its
Ebola patient had been cured and subsequently sent home.
“We are very happy that he can now return to his home country,” the hospital said in
The man, whose identity has not been made public, had contracted the deadly virus
while working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Sierra Leone.
Officials brought the infected man to Germany in late August. According to the
Hamburg hospital, he had stopped showing signs of infection days before being
discharged on Friday.
It was not immediately clear when he would return to his native Senegal.
A hospital in Frankfurt recently began treating a Ugandan man who had also
contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.
“We have to [act] as fast as we can because every day longer that it takes, more
people die and that is not acceptable,” UNMEER head Antony Banbury told Reuters
Health officials across the world face numerous challenges in containing the epidemic,
including simply distributing educational information about Ebola. Local officials are
working to inform both the public and sectors workers who could come into contact
with infected people, such as on airplanes.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media CAIRO—The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility in
an online video on Friday that showed the beheading of British aid worker Alan
In the one-minute video clip titled “Another Message to America and its Allies,”
roughly the same as those released after three previous murders, a masked IS
militant also introduced another hostage it identified as a U.S. aid worker Peter
The video was found online by the SITE private terrorism monitor and opened with a
news coverage about the British parliament’s vote last week to authorize air strikes
against IS targets in Iraq. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media MONROVIA—Liberia has passed a law that will restrict the media
coverage of the Ebola outbreak in an attempt to protect privacy of the patients.
“We have noted with great concern that photographs have been taken in treatment
centers while patients are going in to be attended by doctors. That is invasion of the
dignity, privacy and respect of patients,” Tolbert Nyenswah, the Liberian assistant
minister of health and the head of Liberia’s Ebola Incident Management, said on
Nyenswah said Ebola patients are no different from any other patients, adding that
reporting on the condition of the patients should be under permission so that pictures
or stories of “naked people” are not spread in a way that does not respect their
The law obligates all journalists to obtain written permission from the Liberian Ministry
of Health before filming, photographing and interviewing Ebola patients.
Liberian authorities have warned that those journalists who infringe the new law will
face prosecution as well as detention.
West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 2,800 people
over the past few months, with over half of the fatalities in Liberia.
Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and
bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or
sweat. It can be also spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of
Ebola remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90
percent of those who contract the disease. There is currently no known cure for
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