NOBEL WINNERS: MALALA AND SATYARTHI
SPANISH NURSE IN “CRITICAL” CONDITION
The Spanish government has also rejected claims that its methods for dealing with the deadly virus were not working and blamed the nurse’s infection on human error, Reuters reports. Romero told El País Wednesday that she may have “touched her face” while removing her protective clothing. But health workers’ unions claim the government is trying to avoid the blame, saying the training and protective suits provided to the hospital staff were inadequate.
Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a conference at the World Bank Thursday that the Ebola virus could become “the world’s next AIDS,” if sufficient preventive measures were not taken, The Washington Post reports. “In my 30 years in public health, the only thing that has been like this is AIDS,” he said.
In Brazil, authorities are investigating what could be Latin America’s first case of Ebola. The patient, a 47-year-old man who arrived more than two weeks ago from Guinea, checked into a hospital in the southwestern city of Cascavel after experiencing several days of fever, Brazil’s O Globo reports. Hospital staff isolated him, and he is his currently being transferred to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Health officials are expected to address the issue in a press conference today.
A British man showing signs of the virus died Thursday in Macedonia. Authorities have sealed off his hotel, keeping another Briton and hotel staff inside. The UK also announced it would start screening passengers entering through London’s two main airports and the Eurostar.
ISIS PUSHES FORWARD IN KOBANI
Meanwhile, at least 10 people died in eastern Turkey after unidentified gunmen opened fire on police officers in the eastern province of Bingol today, according to the Turkish Dogan News Agency. Security forces had been inspecting shops damaged earlier this week. At least 25 people have been killed in cities across Turkey this week during pro-Kobani demonstrations, Reuters reports.
The U.S. is pushing Turkey to engage in combat against ISIS, saying special presidential envoys have met with Turkish officials about ways to counter the terrorist organization.
In talks with new NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has also renewed calls for the creation of a buffer zone along the Syrian side of the border between the two countries. Such an area would include a no-fly zone, preventing Syrian government aircraft from approaching the Turkish border. According to the BBC, Turkey fears that, in case of an ISIS retreat, Syrian government forces would be the main beneficiaries.
Journalists on site at the Syrian border say Kurdish fighters are demanding more help, including weapons and ammunitions. “ISIS has the most advanced weapons, including tanks and rockets. We are empty-handed. We are giving our lives to protect our homeland.” For more on this, we offer a Die Welt/Worldrunch piece, Kurds Who Fled Kobain Recount The Terror, Plead For Arms.
THE KOREAS EXCHANGE FIRE
The role of the nuclear pact
It's unlikely Ali Khamenei will tolerate the Saudi kingdom's rising power in the region.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 2020commons.wikimedia.org
Riyadh's warming relations with Israel
For if nuclear talks break down, Iran's regime may become more aggressive.
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