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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

China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia

BEIJING - China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa. | Video

China 5:22am EDT

U.S. envoy to report temperature twice daily after West Africa visit

NEW YORK - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days.

30 Oct 2014

India considers ban on e-cigarettes, sale of single smokes

NEW DELHI - India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause, a senior Health Ministry official told Reuters.

3:38am EDT

New Zealand's Fonterra says China lifts ban on baby formula ingredients

WELLINGTON - New Zealand's Fonterra Co-Operative Group, the world's biggest dairy exporter, said the Chinese government has lifted a ban on the last two products that were embroiled in last year's contaminated infant formula scare.

1:20am EDT

JAL worried about potential impact of Ebola on travel market

TOKYO - Japan Airlines Co Ltd CEO Yoshiharu Ueki on Friday expressed worry about the potential impact of the Ebola outbreak on the travel market.

Japan 3:28am EDT

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

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

30 Oct 2014

New York unveils incentives for workers in West Africa Ebola fight

NEW YORK - New York officials on Thursday announced a program to encourage healthcare professionals to work in Ebola-hit West Africa, an effort to deflect criticism that the state's mandatory quarantine could hamper the battle against the disease.

30 Oct 2014

Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival: study

CHICAGO - Scientists have been puzzling for years over why some people survive Ebola while many others perish. A new study provides strong evidence that individual genetic differences play a major role in whether people die from the disease.

Science, 30 Oct 2014

Ebola health worker restrictions could deter others: U.S. envoy

BRUSSELS - Some countries are yet to shoulder their share of the Ebola response burden and some restrictions on aid workers returning home from West African nations hit hardest by the disease could deter thousands from helping, Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, said on Thursday.

30 Oct 2014