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Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola
News ImageBy Kate Kelland and Tom Miles LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective. Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck and NewLink Genetics VSV-ZEBOV vaccine on some 4,000 people who had been in close contact with a confirmed Ebola case, showed complete protection after 10 days. The results were described as "remarkable" and "game changing" by global health specialists. ...
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:13:27 -0400
Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery
News ImageBy Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370. Malaysian investigators are expected in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by aviation experts as part of a wing, would then be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for checks, French police sources said. National carrier Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 when the ill-fated flight disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, creating one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:40:45 -0400
Exclusive: Walkout at Taliban leadership meeting raises specter of split
News ImageBy Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At the Taliban meeting this week where Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was named as the Islamist militant group's new head, several senior figures in the movement, including the son and brother of late leader Mullah Omar, walked out in protest. The display of dissent within the group's secretive core is the clearest sign yet of the challenge Mansour faces in uniting a group already split over whether to pursue peace talks with the Afghan government and facing a new, external threat - Islamic State. Rifts in the Taliban leadership are likely to widen after confirmation this week of the death of elusive founder Omar.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:20:10 -0400
China, Southeast Asia to set up hotline for South China Sea issues
An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly IslandsChina and Southeast Asian nations have agreed to set up a foreign ministers' hotline to tackle emergencies in the disputed South China Sea, a senior official of the ASEAN grouping told Reuters on Friday. China claims most of the potentially energy-rich sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and rejects the rival claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan. The hotline will be announced at next week's meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said the senior ASEAN official, who has knowledge of the discussions.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:24:12 -0400
Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank; Jewish arsonists suspected
News ImageBy Ali Sawafta DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) - Suspected Jewish attackers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old child and seriously injuring his parents and older brother, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism. Graffiti in Hebrew reading "revenge" was scrawled outside, below a Star of David. It was the worst attack by Israeli assailants since a Palestinian teenager was burned to death in Jerusalem a year ago.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:35:35 -0400
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