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Nov 24, 2014

Kerry says progress in Iran talks with major powers, tough road ahead

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

“If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we want to do it sooner,” Kerry told reporters. “These talks are not going to get easier just because we extend them. They’re tough. They’ve been tough. And they’re going to stay tough.”

Nov 23, 2014

Iran, powers eye extension of nuclear talks with deadline hours away

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran, the United States and other world powers are discussing an extension to Monday’s deadline for a deal to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, Western and Iranian officials said.

The talks in Vienna aim for an accord that could transform the Middle East, open the door to ending economic sanctions on Iran and start to bring a nation of 76 million people in from the cold after decades of hostility with the West.

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.