WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama asked officials to prepare a range of military options for confronting Islamic State militants in Syria but said his strategy is still being developed. Full Article
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GENEVA/LAGOS - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. Full Article
The World Health Organization says the current deadly Ebola outbreak that's ravaging communities in four West African nations could eventually infect some 20,000 people across ten nations. Mana Rabiee reports.