™ Houston News and Breaking World News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:13:43 +0000 en hourly 1 Arab media: Russia-Iran anti-ISIL operations room in Iraq Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:13:43 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media BAGHDAD—A report that Iran and Russia were to run a joint
operations room in Iraq to combat the Islamic State (IS) group is spreading across
Iran’s media.

The report originates in Lebanon’s “Al-Mustaqbal” newspaper, which cites unnamed
“Iraqi source” as saying that Russian and Iranian military experts were to work with
the Iraqi military to establish a joint anti-IS operations room.

The unnamed Iraqi sources went on to say that more than 60 Russian and other
experts were currently in Baghdad and staying at the Royal Tulip Al Rasheed Hotel in
Baghdad’s Green Zone. The experts specialize in the training of officers and Iraqi
pilots as well as the use of Russian military equipment, including the helicopters that
Moscow recently supplied to Baghdad. Earlier this month, Russian media reported that
Iraq had received a third consignment of Russian Mi-35M helicopters.

“Al-Mustaqbal” wrote that the Russian-Iranian axis would compete with their American
rivals to provide military and logistical assistance to the Iraqi government in its battle
against IS militants.

It is not possible to independently verify the “Al-Mustaqbal” report.
Russia’s official media has—unsurprisingly—not reported on any rumors of plans for a
joint operations room with Iran in Iraq.

However, Moscow is continuing to stress that it is providing both Iraq and Syria with
aid, including military assistance, to help them combat IS.

The TASS news agency published an interview with Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary
of Russia’s Security Council, who visited Iran this week, and who insisted that “the
actions of any coalition on the territory of a sovereign state should be based on a UN

Patrushev said that Russia had “always supported and continues to support the
efforts of the Iraqi and Syrian authorities to combat militants from various extremist
groups. The assistance provided by us was also in the military field. We supply Iraq
and Syria with weapons that actually strengthen their ability to counter terrorists.”
On October 23, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced that Moscow had provided
humanitarian assistance, including foodstuffs, blankets, mobile generators, and tents
to Iraqi Kurds in Irbil who are “suffering as a result of continued fighting with the
terror group IS in north western Iraq.”

Over the past week, Russia has also said that Iran is an important partner in the fight
against IS. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on
October 21 that “the so-called coalition [the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition] refuses to
cooperate with Damascus and Tehran, who are logical allies in the fight against
terrorism in the region.”

Source: Radio Free Europe


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Recent polls shows Greg Abbott significantly ahead of Davis Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:43 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media AUSTIN—A poll conducted by Crosswind Media and Public Relations
shows Republican Greg Abbott leading Democrat Wendy Davis by 52.4 percent to 31
percent in the race for Texas governor, with 16.2 percent of voters undecided. The
live telephone survey of 500 likely voters was conducted Oct. 9-12. The margin of
error for the poll was 4.33 percent.

The same poll shows Republican Dan Patrick beating Democrat Leticia Van de Putte
by 42.8 percent to 23 percent in the lieutenant governor’s race, with 33 percent of
Texans undecided.

“Greg Abbott has a commanding lead and has successfully motivated the Republican
base,” said Crosswind President Thomas Graham. “Texas remains a red state, at least
among likely voters in non-presidential years, and Wendy Davis does not appear to
have made a dent in that strength.”

Meanwhile, Real Clear Politics shows Greg Abbott with 51 percent while Wendy
Davis is still trailing at 38 percent.


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Obama’s fundamental problem–the midterm elections Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:22:59 +0000 Joseph Earnest

President Barack Obama giving a speech—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The US economy is failing to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, says political scientist William Galston in an interview with Deutsche Welle. What are the implications for the midterm elections and beyond – and does anyone have the solution?

Galston believes that even though figures show a strengthening of the US economy, a large group does not feel it. It includes not only low-wage workers who might be affected by an increase in the minimum wage, but also by substantial portions of the middle class, who have seen no wage increases for a very long time.



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American hostage Jeffrey Fowle released by North Korea Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:28:58 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States has successfully negotiated the
release of an American who had been detained by the North Korean government since
May 2014.

The State Department confirmed on Tuesday that Jeffrey Fowle had been allowed to
depart the DPRK and is on his way home to re-join his family. The US government
welcomed the DPRK’s decision to release him.

“While this is a positive decision by the DPRK, we remain focused on the continued
detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and again call on the DPRK to
immediately release them. The U.S. Government will continue to work actively on their

“We thank the Government of Sweden for the tireless efforts of the Embassy of
Sweden in Pyongyang, which acts as our Protecting Power in the DPRK,” Deputy
Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf said.

As a condition of his release, the DPRK authorities asked the United States
Government to transport Mr. Fowle out of the country. The Department of Defense
was able to provide transportation for Mr. Fowle in the time frame specified by the

Fowle had traveled to North Korea on a tourism expedition.


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Obama compares Russian policies with ISIL and Ebola Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:06:44 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media WASHINGTON—US President Barack Obama said Russian policy is one
of the three main reasons Americans should worry about, along with the Ebola virus
and the Islamic State terrorist group.

“But people are still anxious. And they’re anxious for three reasons: one,
internationally, we’re seeing a tumultuous time in the Middle East… The Ebola crisis…
The situation in Ukraine and Russia’s aggression – that has concerned people. So you
have this sense of uncertainty overseas,” Obama stated Monday.

Earlier, such statements by Obama were met with sharp criticism from Moscow.
For the first time, Barack Obama used the comparison of Russia with terrorists and
the Ebola virus in the September speech at the UN General Assembly.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Obama’s speech “a set of cliches and propaganda
slogans.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that such estimates were
“beyond good and evil.”

Source: Ria Novosti


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World Health Organization declares Nigeria 100% Ebola free Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:33:48 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The World Health Organization (WHO) officially
declared Nigeria Ebola free on Monday, after no new cases were confirmed in the past
42 days.

WHO Country Representative in Nigeria Rui Dama Gaz made the announcement at an
ongoing event in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

“This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be
contained,” the WHO official said, noting the war against the disease will only end in
the region when West Africa is also declared free.

Ebola was spread to Nigeria in July, by Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer who died
days after he arrived in Africa’s most populous country. Thereafter, Nigeria officially
recorded 19 cases which resulted in seven deaths and 12 recoveries.

The southwestern state of Lagos and the Nigerian oil hub Port Harcourt, capital of
southeast Rivers State, were most-hit by the outbreak in Nigeria.

Welcoming WHO’s declaration on Monday, Nigerian Minister of Health Onyebuchi
Chukwu attributed the success to good leadership and collaboration among respective

Noting within three months the African nation was able to completely contain the
Ebola virus, Chukwu specially lauded the strong collective efforts from the medical
officials who combated the virus and treated the patients.

While awaiting WHO’s clearance, Nigeria had received global commendations for its
robust and effective national response to the virus.

No new case of Ebola was reported in the country since Aug. 31.

Source: Xinhua


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US drops arms upon Kurds in Kobani–ISIL devasted by Kurds Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:31:11 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had
dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold
the Syrian border town of Kobani against the so-called ISIL terrorists.

The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition
airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command (CentCom) said
that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area.

CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies
provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued
resistance to ISIL efforts to take full control of Kobani.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Kurdish fighters in Ain al-Arab town (Kobani) dealt ISIL
fighters a devastating blow that brought all the ISIL propaganda about its strength
and bravery to an end.

The Syrian army has been able recently to score a series of military achievements
against the takfiri groups in different Syrian regions especially Aleppo. Sources
reported that the Syrian army controlled Al-Amusalamiyah village in northeast of
Aleppo in light of the withdrawal of a large number of militants following the killing of
dozens of them.

“The army units took control of Al-Jabaliyeh village, a cement factory and a strategic
government building in the Northern parts of the Aleppo Central Prison after striking
heavy blows on the positions of the militant groups there,” informed military sources

Source: Al Manar TV News


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US military’s Ebola response in Liberia making progress Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:28:39 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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
October 16.

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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Ebola cure–China dispatches Ebola drug to West Africa Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:27:07 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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


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UN Security Council Urges More Effort On Ebola Fight Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:13:22 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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>>


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Houston lesbian mayor Annise Parker’s office acting like little dictators Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:38:26 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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


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Fight against ISIL brings US and Russia closer on Syria Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:42:32 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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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US launches multiple strikes on ISIL in Kobani township Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:11:06 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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.

Source: Deutsche Welle


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AIDS-infected pastor knowingly infects females in his church Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:52:26 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Pastor Juan Demetrius McFarland

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>>


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UN calls for investigation of Congo M23 rebel atrocities Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:44:54 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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
cell phones.

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.

Source: Press TV


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Grand Ayatollah: US-led operation against ISIL not real Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:09:05 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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


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Russia: Ebola vaccine ready in six months–testing now begins on primates Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:18:50 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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
clinical tests.”

“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


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Checklist: Preparing America’s health care facilities for Ebola Sat, 11 Oct 2014 03:05:57 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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
Disease Control and Prevention. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Islamic State group in Chechnya threatens to invade Russia Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:10:41 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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


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Illinois Professor–US could be behind deadly Ebola outbreak Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:33:52 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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


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Kenyatta appears before the ICC then returns home to Kenya Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:15:58 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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
against him.

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
African leaders.

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


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Twitter sues US government over surveillance requests Wed, 08 Oct 2014 01:26:34 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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.”


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Dutch strike ISIL in Iraq–Hezbollah repels ISIL in NE Syria Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:47:23 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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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Spain screens four people after Ebola shows up in Europe Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:23:25 +0000 Joseph Earnest 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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