Ebola death toll rises to 5,459; Cuban doctor ‘stable’

(Reuters) – The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The figures showed an increase of 39 recorded deaths and 106 new cases since those issued on Wednesday. “Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” the WHO said, referring to the three hardest-hit West African countries that account […]

Protesters clash with police in Mexico City

Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and clashed with riot police outside Mexico City’s National Palace on Thursday (November 20) as thousands protested against President Enrique Pena Nieto’s handling of the apparent massacre of 43 trainee school teachers. Hundreds of police in riot gear blocked access to the palace in the capital’s main square, the Zocalo, where thousands of protesters had gathered in support of the students, apparently murdered after their abduction by corrupt police on September 26. Three marches had […]

Martial law to stay in Thailand – minister

(Reuters) – Thailand’s martial law will not be lifted for the foreseeable future, the justice minister said on Friday, despite an earlier pledge to lift the law in some provinces to help the tourism industry which has struggled since a military coup in May. The announcement comes as Thailand prepares to enter its peak tourism season, over the Christmas and New Year period. The tourism sector accounts for nearly 10 percent of GDP.Thailand expects around 25 million tourists […]

Russia warns U.S. vs. arms to Ukraine as Biden due in Kiev

(Reuters) – Russia warned the United States on Thursday against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev. Ukraine accused President Vladimir Putin of treating its territory like a “playing field”, trying to unleash a full-scale war that would pose a broader threat to NATO countries. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow that a U.S. official’s suggestion Washington should consider sending […]

Exclusive: U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

(Reuters) – The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said. The increase in non-lethal aid to Ukraine, which is grappling with a Russian-backed separatist movement in its east, is expected to be announced on Thursday during a visit to Kiev by Vice President Joe Biden. The officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, described […]

Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican arguments that his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action was tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants. It was his biggest use of executive actions in a year […]

Three French IS fighters call on fellow country men to join them

Three French fighters in the Islamic State (IS) urged Muslims among their fellow countrymen to travel to Iraq or Syria to join the group, in a recently released video taped message titled “What Are You Waiting For? In footage that was posted on a social media website, the men are seen burning their passports and then sitting together as they give speeches. The three speakers were identified on the video as Abu Osama al-Faranci, Abu Maryam al-Faranci, and Abu Salman al-Faranci. Reuters […]

Obama to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans. The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion […]

Honduran Miss World contestant and sister found murdered

(Reuters) – A Honduran beauty queen has been found shot dead in a suspected crime of passion just days before she was due to compete in the Miss World pageant in London, police said on Wednesday. The bodies of Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia, 23, were found buried near a river in the mountainous region of Santa Barbara in western Honduras, said Leandro Osorio, head of the criminal investigation unit. Police suspect […]