Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

Health workers bury the body of a woman who is suspected of having died of the Ebola virus in Bomi county, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.



Pistorius sentencing: Live Report

Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted by South African police into a police van following his sentencingPretoria (AFP) - 11:26 GMT - Media reaction - British journalist and author Simon Jenkins argues that Pistorius should not have been jailed. In an article on the Guardian website he writes: "Beyond the cause of consistency, imprisoning Pistorius can serve no purpose. The judge said she did not want to 'send the wrong message', a phrase repeated by a thousand judges, but what did she mean?



Iran president pledges support for Iraq

People look for their loved ones in front of al-Khairat Mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers as they were leaving the mosque, killing and wounding tens of people, in a commercial area of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will stand by its neighbor Iraq in its fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group.



Juncker's EU team members get parliamentary approval

Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, presents the list of the European Commissioners and their jobs for the next five years, during a news conference at the EC headquarters in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The incoming EU executive led by Jean-Claude Juncker looks set to take office on schedule next month after lawmakers said committees in the European Parliament had endorsed a final two nominees on Tuesday. Violeta Bulc, a replacement candidate from Slovenia, was approved as transport commissioner following a confirmation hearing late on Monday. So was Slovak Maros Sefcovic, who has a reshuffled role as vice-president for energy union. Parliament is due to vote in a plenary session on Wednesday on whether Juncker's 28-strong European Commission should take office on Nov. ...



Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. ...





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