US aid workers headed to Atlanta for Ebola care

This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that have been diagnosed with Ebola. Plans are underway to bring back the two Americans from Africa for treatment. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)NEW YORK (AP) — When two U.S. aid workers sick with Ebola arrive in Atlanta from Africa, they will be whisked into one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country.



Protesters in Libya's Benghazi march against militias

By Feras Bosalum and Ahmed Elumami BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Two thousand people took to the streets of Benghazi on Friday to protest against Islamist militants and former rebel militias who have been fighting armed forces and taken over an important military base in the eastern Libyan city. The heavy clashes in Benghazi and the capital Tripoli over the past two weeks have been the worst since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi, killing more than 200 people and forcing most Western governments to pull their diplomats out of the North African state. Fierce fighting among rival factions in the country's two major cities also underscores Libya's fragile control over the heavily armed brigades of former anti-Gaddafi rebel fighters and militias who refuse to disband. The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, an alliance formed by former rebels and Islamist militants from Ansar al-Sharia, which Washington classifies as a terrorist organisation, have forced the army to pull out of Benghazi.
Kentucky politics gets a side order of barbecue

FILE - This July 30, 2014, file photo shows U.S. Senate candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY), as she speaks to supporters in Hawesville, Ky., as a poster of her rival Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., serves as a backdrop. The annual picnic at Fancy Farm always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue. And on Aug. 2, 2014, voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates standing side by side as they face armies of hecklers trying to spook them off their talking points. McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Grimes, will share the same stage for only the second time.(AP Photo/David Stephenson, File)MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — The annual picnic at Fancy Farm always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue. And this year voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates standing side by side as they face armies of hecklers trying to move them off their talking points.



Taiwan's pipeline probe focuses on petrochem firm

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in Taiwan's second biggest city are focusing their investigation on a petrochemical firm after a series of gas pipeline explosions ripped streets apart and flung cars into the air, killing 27 people and injured 267 others.
Factory blast in eastern China kills at least 65

By Fayen Wong KUNSHAN China (Reuters) - An explosion killed at least 65 people and injured more than 120 at a factory in China that makes wheels for U.S. carmakers, including General Motors, state media said, as the country suffered its worst industrial accident in a year. A preliminary investigation suggested that the explosion at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co Ltd. Was caused by negligence after a flame was lit in a dust-filled room, state news agency Xinhua said. Two officials from Kunshan Zhongrong have been held by authorities, Xinhua said, citing an unnamed government source. Images online and on state television showed large plumes of black smoke billowing from a white low-rise building.


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