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Infection alert after dying Ebola patients taken to prayer meeting

© REUTERS/Kenny Katombe Traders walk at an open air market near the Congo River during the Ebola vaccination campaign in the port city of Mbandaka. Two dying Ebola patients were spirited out of a Congo hospital by their relatives on motor-bikes, then taken to a prayer meeting with 50 other people, potentially exposing them all to the deadly virus, a senior aid worker said on Thursday. Both patients were vomiting and infectious and died hours after the prayer session in the river port city of Mbandaka, Dr. Jean-Clement Cabrol, emergency medical coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), said. Democratic Republic of Congo is racing to contain an outbreak of the disease, which spreads through contact with infected bodily fluids including vomit and sweat. “The es...

How a Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and US Commandos Unfolded in Syria

WASHINGTON — The artillery barrage was so intense that the American commandos dived into foxholes for protection, emerging covered in flying dirt and debris to fire back at a column of tanks advancing under the heavy shelling. It was the opening salvo in a nearly four-hour assault in February by around 500 pro-Syrian government forces — including Russian mercenaries — that threatened to inflame already-simmering tensions between Washington and Moscow. In the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. The others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the United States, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. None of the Americans at the small outpost in eastern Syria — about 40 by the end of the firefight — were harmed. The details of the Feb. 7 firefight were gle...

Trump had to cancel the North Korea summit — We almost lost sight of who we’re dealing with

Trump cancels summit with Kim, cites tremendous anger White House officials tell Fox News that a threat from Vice Minister of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, Choe Son Hui, was at center of decision to cancel meeting with Kim Jong Un; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. President Trump did the right thing Thursday when he canceled his planned June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and pledged to continue a “maximum pressure campaign” against the nuclear-armed communist dictatorship. Kim really gave President Trump no choice, after North Korean propaganda outlets once again made veiled references to a potential nuclear clash with the U.S. After that, President Trump would have looked weak and foolish to meet with the dictator – with a summit e...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL for controversial mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON –  Six months after the 9/11 attacks, then-Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski led a seven-man Navy SEAL Team Six unit to set up an observation post in eastern Afghanistan atop a 10,000-foot mountain known as Takur Ghar, to support U.S. forces in the valley below battling Al Qaeda in an operation known as Anaconda. In the ensuing battle, seven Americans would be killed. Thursday afternoon at the White House, President Trump presented Slabinski with the Medal of Honor for his actions – getting wounded team members off the mountain and directing devastating close-air-support against the enemy. But not everyone in the military’s close-knit special operations community sees it that way. Many in the Army’s elite Delta Force and 75th Ranger Regiment claim Slabinski left a man b...

Spanish Opposition Plans No-Confidence Vote for Rajoy, Sources Say

Spain’s biggest opposition party, the Socialists, is ready to push for a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his former aides were convicted of running a multimillion-euro corruption racket inside the party on his watch, according to people familiar with the plans. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez will hold an emergency meeting of the party’s federal committee at 11 a.m. Friday where the leadership is set to back his call for a parliamentary vote on Rajoy’s ouster, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing party strategy. Party press officers didn’t respond to text and voice messages seeking comment after business hours. Rajoy’s government is on the ropes after the National Court ruled Thursday that former party officials had operated an illegal slush ...

Harvey Weinstein to surrender to police – US media

Image copyright AFP Image caption Harvey Weinstein, 66, has denied non-consensual sex Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York police on sexual misconduct charges, US media report. He faces arrest on Friday following an investigation, the reports say. He has been hit with numerous allegations, including rape and sexual assault, but has denied non-consensual sex with anyone. It would be the first time Weinstein has been charged since the accusations emerged. The allegations triggered the #MeToo movement which sought to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment. High-profile figures in the entertainment world have been accused, and on Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct. Weinstein w...

Morgan Freeman apologises after sex harassment claims

Image copyright PA Image caption Freeman said making women feel uncomfortable was “never my intent” US film star Morgan Freeman has apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct made by eight women and several other people. One production assistant accused Freeman of harassing her for months during filming of bank robbery comedy Going in Style, CNN reported. She said the 80-year-old touched her repeatedly, tried to lift her skirt and asked if she was wearing underwear. Freeman apologised to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected”. “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” he said in a statement. Making women feel uncomfortable was “never my...

WATCH: Video purports to show demolition of North Korean nuclear site

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North Korea Says It Remains Willing to Meet With U.S. Any Time

North Korea said it was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un and that the country remains willing to meet with the U.S. any time. In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA, citing Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it will willing to give Washington more time to reconsider talks. The North Korean statement followed Trump’s decision Thursday in Washington to cancel the planned summit in Singapore, citing “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent statements from Pyongyang. But Trump also held out hope that the June 12 summit in Singapore could get back on track, or that he and Kim could meet in the future. “Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right,” he said. https://...

Former homeless kid heading to Harvard on scholarship

An 18-year-old from Philadelphia went from homeless to Harvard-accepted last week, with a full ride. “I view it as like, a symbol that hard work does pay off, and also that faith pays off as well because I had faith in myself that I could do something like that, not even that I could go to Harvard but that life would work out for me, like things would get better,” said Richard “Tre” Jenkins. After being homeless from fourth grade to sixth grade and suffering from migraines, Jenkins said he had a realization. “I was walking home with friends, and he [Jenkins’ friend] knows where his house is and pointed to his house, and he’s like ‘Hey, where you live?’, and I lived in a shelter at that time, but my shelter looked like it could’ve been a huge house. I said ‘That’s my place over there,’” sai...