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Nov 21, 2014

Iran, U.S., French officials to leave nuclear talks as deadline looms

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave the nuclear talks with six world powers on Friday and return to Tehran for top level discussions four days before a deadline for a final agreement expires.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will also return to Paris later on Friday for consultations on the Iranian nuclear issue, U.S. and French officials said.

Nov 14, 2014

Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola flying to U.S. identified by church

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A Sierra Leonean doctor sick with Ebola is expected to depart the West African country on Friday night to fly to the United States for treatment and be reunited with his American wife, according to the doctor’s church and employer.

Dr. Martin Salia, 44, contracted the virus last week while working as the chief medical officer and surgeon at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital in Freetown in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Nov 10, 2014

U.S. transgenders welcome an easier path to altering birth papers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Naz Seenauth’s driver’s license says he is male. His birth certificate says he is female. The mismatch, he says, is deeply frustrating.

New York City, where Seenauth was born and raised, does not accept that he is a transgender man and will not amend his birth certificate, for now at least, even though his doctor will attest to his gender.

Nov 6, 2014

A mere 2 million rats make New York City home, statistician says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – There may be 8 million stories in the Big Apple, but one of them – that New York City is home to 8 million rats, or one for every human resident – is probably a tall tale, according to research by a Columbia University statistician.

In truth, the city’s rat population is probably closer to 2 million, said Jonathan Auerbach, a Columbia doctoral student who wrote an essay on the subject published in Significance magazine.

Nov 5, 2014

In rare case, NYC cops charged with assault over teen’s arrest

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two New York police officers have been charged with assaulting a teenaged boy during his arrest in Brooklyn, prosecutors said on Wednesday, an unusual case in a city where prosecutions of police for excessive are rare.

After a brief chase on a Brooklyn sidewalk in August, Officers David Afanador, 33, and Tyrane Isaac, 36, can be seen in surveillance video footage hitting Kahreem Tribble, 16, even after he put up his hands in apparent surrender, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement.

Oct 30, 2014

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

NEW YORK (Reuters) – 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.

In response to questions from Reuters, the group said it is discussing whether to shorten some assignments as a result of restrictions imposed by some states since one of its American doctors, Craig Spencer, was hospitalized in New York City last week with the virus.

Oct 30, 2014

In U.S. Ebola fight, no two quarantines are quite the same

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) – In the U.S. battle against
Ebola, quarantine rules depend on your zip zode.

For some it may feel like imprisonment or house arrest. For
others it may be more like a staycation, albeit one with a scary
and stressful edge.

Oct 26, 2014

Top U.S. health official warns of risks from Ebola quarantines

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Quarantines imposed on travellers coming from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa could discourage American health workers from going there to help fight the epidemic, a senior U.S. medical official said on Sunday, warning such measures were “a little bit draconian.”

New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed 21-day mandatory quarantines in the last two days for anyone arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. They are the three West African countries that have borne the brunt of an epidemic that has killed nearly 5,000 people.

Oct 26, 2014

Top U.S. health official warns of Ebola quarantine risks

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Quarantines imposed
on travelers coming from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa
who have had contact with the disease could discourage American
health workers from going there to help fight the epidemic, a
senior U.S. medical official warned on Sunday.

“I don’t want to be directly criticizing the decision that
was made but we have to be careful that there are unintended
consequences,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said of the measures imposed
by New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

Oct 26, 2014

U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries.

Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Obama has resisted Republican calls for a travel ban on advice from health officials who say such a measure would be counter-productive.