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  • Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

    Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

  • Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines

    By Ben Hirschler and Stephanie Nebehay LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies for the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa. While the issue will not delay the industry's ongoing work to accelerate production and clinical testing of three experimental vaccines, it is likely to be discussed at a high-level meeting in Geneva on Thursday. ...

  • North Korea to bar foreign tourists over Ebola concerns: tour operators

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday, because of worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, operators of tours to the isolated country told Reuters. At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, with nearly 10,000 cases recorded by Oct. 19, though the true toll could be three times as much. It was not immediately clear if the North Korean ban also covered non-tourist members of the diplomatic or business community with ties to Pyongyang. ...

  • Extra powers to tackle deadly bat virus in Australia

    A file photo shows a grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), a native Australian bat. Three flying foxes were found to be carrying a deadly virusAn Australian state is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus, officials said Thursday. The New South Wales government fears transmission of the potentially fatal Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) to humans and the state's health department has issued a warning to residents not to approach the bats. "So far this year we have had three people who were bitten or scratched by bats that were later confirmed to have had the potentially deadly lyssavirus," NSW Health's communicable diseases director Vicky Sheppeard said in a statement. The last victim was eight-year-old Lincoln Flynn, who died in early 2013 after being scratched by a bat in Queensland the previous November.


  • AP-GfK Poll: Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

    Senior Airman Laura Quick places a mask over her face on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, during an infectious disease training exercise for the Ebola virus on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Medical specialists on base perform the exercise with a different disease each year. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.


  • Nestle keeps West Africa plants open, ready to act if Ebola spreads: CEO

    Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke talks to Reuters during the inauguration of a dairy plant in Lagos de MorenoBy David Alire Garcia LAGOS DE MORENO Mexico (Reuters) - Nestle has no plans to close any of its eight factories or curb output in cocoa and coffee-rich West and Central Africa because of Ebola, but is ready to adapt if it spreads, the Chief Executive of the world's largest food company said on Wednesday. Nestle's factories in the region including both Ghana and Ivory Coast produce chocolate beverages, instant coffee, powdered milk, cereals and bottled water, but the company has yet to suffer any supply or transport disruptions due to Ebola in nearby Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. ...


  • Panama bars travelers from three Ebola-hit African countries

    PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama has banned entry of travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three West African nations worst hit by the Ebola virus, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The ban applies to anyone traveling from the three countries or people entering Panama who had been there during the last 21 days, the ministry said in a statement. Panama is a major hub for travel and commerce in Latin America and has so far not registered any cases of Ebola. The travel ban would be maintained until the three countries were declared free of the virus, the government said. ...

  • Congo doctor Denis Mukwege wins Europe's top human rights prize

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynaecologist who survived an attempt on his life in 2012 has won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for helping victims of sexual violence in his country. The award, announced late on Tuesday, comes with a 50,000 euro ($63,000) cash prize, which award winner Denis Mukwege will collect in Strasbourg next month. "The Sakharov Prize is a strong signal, telling the women they have not been abandoned to a barbaric fate. It tells them that the world listens to them," Mukwege said in a statement. ...

  • Peace declared between Platini, Hayatou

    Platini talks with Blatter and Hayatou during the 62nd FIFA Congress in BudapestBy Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - Peace has been declared between UEFA president Michel Platini and his African counterpart Issa Hayatou after the Frenchman reacted angrily to suggestions that he had interfered in the affairs of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). CAF claimed in a statement on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the African Nations Cup, due to be played in Morocco in January and told him to stay out of their business. ...


  • Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

    Health workers remove the body of Prince Nyentee, a man whom local residents said died of Ebola virus in MonroviaBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000. ...


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