Monthly Archives: October 2014


Burkina Faso president defies calls to step down

was lifting a “state of siege” he had declared earlier. In the previous announcement, Mr Compaore called for the military to implement emergency measures. This was followed by a press…


Ebola quarantine test looms in US

A nurse who cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is fighting the US state of Maine over its right to quarantine her against her will. In a test case…


Facebook warns higher costs will hurt revenues

Shares in the social network fell almost 10% in after hours trading after it said expenses would be up to 75% higher next year. The warning came after it reported…


US hails West Africa Ebola progress

The US has praised Ebola-hit West African nations and foreign donors for their efforts in tackling the outbreak. America’s UN envoy Samantha Power, on a visit to the region, said…


Ebola outbreak: US advises against quarantine

US health officials will actively monitor health workers who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa, under new rules. Updated guidelines issued on Monday will require most medics to be…


Prototype paper test can detect Ebola strains

DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence. Researchers have proved the technique…


Ebola: US nurse ‘to take legal action’ over confinement

A US nurse held in quarantine in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa says she will challenge her confinement in a federal court. Kaci Hickox said she…


South African footballer shot dead

South Africa’s football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot, South African police say. The incident reportedly happened at Meyiwa’s girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg….


Dilma Rousseff re-elected Brazilian president

Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected president of Brazil, after securing more than 51% of votes in the closest election race in many years. An official count showed her rival, centrist…


Science chief warns on acid oceans

The UK’s chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions. The oceans absorb about a third of the CO2 that’s being produced by…