Tuesday, October 21, 2014

International

WHO says Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak is officially over, calls containment a spectacular success

ABUJA, Nigeria — The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease.

Canada to give additional $30 million for Ebola response; total now $65 mil

TORONTO — Canada is contributing an additional $30 million for the international Ebola containment effort, Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Friday.

Parrot with British accent disappears from owner’s home, returns years later speaking Spanish

TORRANCE, Calif. — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.
The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African grey parrot, for her own missing bird, the Daily Breeze reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1qU5dU3).

Las Vegas Irish pub expects to break longest-concert record Thursday

LAS VEGAS — An Irish pub on the Las Vegas Strip is expected to break a Guinness World Record after hosting more than two weeks of nearly nonstop live music.
The concert began Oct. 1 in the Ri Ra pub in The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, and it is expected to surpass the previous record at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

New global concern as nurse in Spain gets Ebola; US weighs screening arriving air passengers

WASHINGTON — Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region.

Seattle City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day; Italians object

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council is replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the city, angering some Italian-American residents.
The resolution that passed unanimously Monday celebrates the contributions and culture of Native Americans and the indigenous community in Seattle on the second Monday in October, the same day as the federally recognized Columbus Day.

Canada sends military jet to deliver needed protective equipment to Ebola zone

TORONTO — Canada has sent a military jet to West Africa to deliver protective medical equipment the World Health Organization badly needs there.
The federal government announced Monday that a Hercules aircraft left CFB Trenton, Ont., to transport plastic face shields used by health teams working on the Ebola response.

Family that hosted Ebola patient confined to home as circle of people possibly exposed widens

DALLAS — Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened, while Liberian authorities said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.

Hong Kong police warn pro-democracy protesters not to occupy government buildings

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory’s leader didn’t resign by Thursday.

Muggle’s delight: Mexican fan’s ‘Potter’ collection recognized by Guinness World Records

MEXICO CITY — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” paraphernalia was named the world’s largest.
Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author J.K. Rowling’s young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.

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