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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

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CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video

Thu, Oct 30 2014

Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears

- A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father.

U.S., Health, Africa 30 Oct 2014

Bike-riding nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor

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CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video

U.S., Health, Africa 30 Oct 2014

U.S. quarantines 'chilling' Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF

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NEW YORK - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states on doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on Doctors Without Borders operations there, the humanitarian group said on Thursday.

U.S., Health, Africa 30 Oct 2014

Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces

NIAMEY - At least 12 people - including nine members of Niger's security forces - were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabéry region near the border with Mali, the government said.

World, Africa, Mali 30 Oct 2014

White House says up to Maine to make decisions on Ebola quarantines

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - President Barack Obama hopes Maine officials make science-based decisions on quarantines for healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, but has said it is up to state officials to determine their own policies, the White House said on Thursday.

U.S., Health, Africa 30 Oct 2014

Burkina opposition rejects state of emergency, calls for show of strength

DAKAR - Burkina Faso opposition leader Zephirin Diabre rejected a state of emergency ordered by President Blaise Compaore and said the West African leader's resignation was the only solution to the country's crisis.

World, Africa 30 Oct 2014

Conoco sees third-quarter profit rise, 2015 capex seen lower

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- ConocoPhillips , the largest U.S. independent oil and gas company, on Thursday reported higher third-quarter profit after the sale of its Nigerian unit and said overall spending would decline next year, partly in response to falling crude oil prices.

West Africa's ECOWAS warns against Burkina coup, calls for talks

DAKAR - West African regional bloc ECOWAS said on Thursday that it would not accept any party seizing power through non-constitutional means during Burkina Faso's political crisis.

World, Africa 30 Oct 2014

Thousands flee as Boko Haram seizes northeast Nigerian town

MAIDUGURI/YOLA Nigeria - Islamist Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee, witnesses said.

World, Africa 30 Oct 2014
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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.