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U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

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NEW YORK/PARIS - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security" as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. | Video

United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states

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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security."

U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

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PARIS/CONAKRY - The United Nations unveiled plans on Thursday for a special mission to combat the worst Ebola epidemic on record in West Africa, as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. | Video

Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

CONAKRY - Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Health, Africa, World 5:56pm EDT

Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic reaches 2,630: WHO

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LONDON/GENEVA - At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. | Video

U.N. Security Council declares Ebola threat to peace and security

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in Africa a "threat to international peace and security" and called on all states to provide urgent resources and assistance to help tackle the crisis.

U.N. says five peacekeepers killed, three wounded in Mali blast

DAKAR - The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday.

'Gucci Grace, PhD' stirs up race to lead post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

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HARARE - Soon after being shoe-horned into the top ranks of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the wife of ageing leader Robert Mugabe has gained a PhD in orphanages, seen as the latest sign that she may be destined for high office.

World, Africa 2:23pm EDT

Nigeria police have special 'torture officers': Amnesty

LAGOS - Torture is so common in Nigeria's police force that many police stations have a designated officer to carry out atrocities such as pulling teeth, choking, raping and delivering electric shocks to detainees, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

World, Africa 1:22pm EDT

Malta bars cargo vessel on its way from Guinea on Ebola fears

VALLETTA - Malta stopped a cargo vessel that was traveling from Guinea to Ukraine from entering its harbor for a medical emergency on Wednesday night on fears the sick person on board could be infected with Ebola, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

World, Africa, Health 11:44am EDT
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.