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Nigeria declared Ebola-free; `spectacular success'
20 October 2014 - Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. Monday's announcement came 42 days -- twice the incubation period -- since the last case in Nigeria tested negative. Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients. Dr Simon Mardel, one of the world's leading experts on viral hemorrhagic fevers, said the number of deaths could be cut in half if infected people were taught to properly hydrate themselves and do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, which can actually harm Ebola victims. Mardel, of Britain's University Hospital of South Manchester, called rehydration a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research. (more)

On the road to find the world's funniest person
19 October 2014 - It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they'd been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other. He knew it'd be a challenge to bring together people from across the world who dislike each other, and hope they will laugh at each other. And yet, that's what he's trying to do with what he calls the first Funniest Person in the World competition. (more)

China, Viet Nam patch ties after territory disputes
19 October 2014 - China and Viet Nam agreed to resume military ties and better manage their maritime disputes in the first signs that tensions over territorial claims could be easing. Despite fraternal ties between their ruling Communist parties, relations between the two countries grew tense this year after China deployed an oil rig near the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Hanoi. The vessels of the two sides rammed each other near the rig, and there were deadly anti-China riots in several industrial parks in Viet Nam, leading to an exodus of thousands of Chinese workers. (more)

Iran says number of foreign tourists surges
19 October 2014 - The number of foreigners visiting Iran jumped dramatically over the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 per cent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier, Iran's top tourism official said Saturday. Masoud Soltanifar said on state TV that the thriving industry could help boost Iran's economy out of recession and bring in much-needed hard currency. He said 4.5 million foreign tourists that came to the Islamic Republic over the period, bringing in some $6 billion in revenue. He attributed the increase to the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, who has shifted away from the bombastic style adopted under his hard-line predecessor. Looser visa policies have also helped. Iran has 17 UNESCO-registered world heritage sites. (more)

India launches index to measure air quality
17 October 2014 - The country's top environment official unveiled a government programme Friday that will eventually measure air quality across India, home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. Over the next five years, the government will begin measuring eight major pollutants that affect respiratory health in cities with populations above 1 million, and then gradually expand the air quality index to the rest of the country, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. The index will warn residents when pollution levels rise past dangerous levels. (more)

Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note
17 October 2014 - Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe-brokered talks Friday, signalling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter. While Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko stopped short of declaring a breakthrough, they both spoke with renewed confidence. The fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and government troops began a month after Russia annexed the peninsula of Crimea, killing more than 3,600 people, according to the UN. The West, in return, imposed economic sanctions, which Putin is eager to see lifted. (more)

Data show US economy's pulse is still strong
16 October 2014 - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14-year low last week and industrial output rose sharply in September, positive signals that could help ease fears over the economic outlook. Data offered evidence the economy remained on solid ground, with the labour market gaining steam. (more)

Russian President Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine
16 October 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders in a bid to escape Russia's worst crisis with the West since the Cold War. Putin on Friday will discuss Ukraine over breakfast with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key European leaders on the sidelines of the 10th ASEM summit in Milan. He may also meet privately with Poroshenko. (more)

US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low
16 October 2014 - The number of people seeking US unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labour market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth. Employers added 248,000 jobs last month and hiring in the previous two months was healthier than previously believed. The economy has added 2.64 million jobs in the past 12 months, the best annual showing since April 2006. (more)

US stands strong despite fear over global slowdown
16 October 2014 - Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the US economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. Economists say the troubles around the world aren't enough to derail a US economy that's gaining strength. (more)

British household incomes rise at fastest pace in five years - Markit
15 October 2014 - British households' incomes from employment rose at the fastest rate in more than five years in early October, a monthly survey showed on Wednesday. Data company Markit said the rise in income reported in its monthly household finance index was the strongest since the survey started in early 2009. (more)

Budapest-Tehran train trip is newest luxury pursuit
15 October 2014 - A luxury train connecting the capitals of Hungary and Iran left Budapest for the first time on Wednesday, with 70 passengers set to cross the Balkans, the Bosphorus, and Kurdistan on the way to Persia aboard a set of deluxe railcars. The two-week trip sets back each participant at least 9,000 pounds ($14,333) and some as much as 25,000 pounds including full service, a sightseeing programme, and the beautiful scenery that rolls leisurely by for about 7,000 km (4,350 miles). The tickets for the first train sold out in 10 days, said Tim Littler, the founder of tour operator Golden Eagle, adding he planned four more trains to make the trip next year. (more)

Exercising three times a week significantly cuts depression risk
15 October 2014 - Exercising three times a week reduces the odds of developing depression by around 16 percent, scientists said on Wednesday -- and for every extra weekly activity session, the risk drops further. In a study conducted as part of a public health research consortium, the UK-based scientists said the relationship they found between depression and exercise points to ways to simultaneously improve both mental and physical health. (more)

India tightens rules on cigarettes, tobacco branding
15 October 2014 - Tobacco companies in India will have to stamp health warnings across 85 per cent of the surface of cigarette packs and other products, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, joining nations such as Thailand and Australia with stringent marketing rules. Up to 900,000 Indians die every year of diseases related to tobacco use, the government said in 2010. That number could reach 1.5 million by 2020 if users cannot drop the habit, the International Tobacco Control Project estimates. (more)

US: Chipotle backs Colorado, Oregon labelling proposals
14 October 2014 - Burrito giant Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labelling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The Denver-based chain said in a statement that consumers want to know whether the food they're eating has been genetically modified. The two states' proposals would require manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. (more)

Berlin plans people's party to mark 25 years since fall of Wall
14 October 2014 - The German capital will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a huge street party around the Brandenburg Gate celebrating the part ordinary people played in bringing down communism in eastern Europe. The Berlin Wall, which divided the island of West Berlin from the communist East after it was built in 1961, was the most potent symbol of the Cold War. Momentous images of emotional Germans from the East surging through the newly opened border stunned the world in 1989 and the following year, when the two Germanys became one. (more)

US charity helps North Korea fight drug-resistant TB
14 October 2014 - Despite worsening US-North Korean relations, an American charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the isolated country, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease. The Eugene Bell Foundation travels to North Korea twice a year to treat TB patients at old-world facilities. The disease has found fertile ground in North Korea, where the population has been weakened by malnutrition since a famine in the 1990s. It appears an unlikely partnership: a Christian-based organization located in Washington, teaming up with an authoritarian government intolerant of religion. Yet the foundation, which does not proselytize, says it has a good working relationship with the North and its doctors. It started out providing food aid during the famine, but has since mostly helped the nation's creaky health system. (more)

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, wife donate $25M to CDC for Ebola
14 October 2014 - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to help address the Ebola epidemic. The money will be used by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Ebola response effort in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and elsewhere in the world where Ebola is a threat, the foundation said Tuesday. The grant follows a $9 million donation made by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last month. (more)

Irish unveil growth budget, end 6 years' austerity
14 October 2014 - Ireland unveiled its first expansive budget Tuesday since the collapse of the Celtic Tiger economy six years ago, ending an era of austerity earlier than expected thanks to the return of Europe-leading growth. Tuesday's budget represents a stunning turnaround for Ireland. Confidence has soared since Ireland's December 2013 exit from its bailout support. Ireland also sought to shore up its international image by announcing plans to end a corporate accounting rule that permitted hundreds of US multinationals with European bases in Ireland to shift their non-American profits between two Irish-registered companies and avoid tax. (more)

US: First Lady hosts White House garden harvest
14 October 2014 - First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by schoolchildren Tuesday to harvest vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden. The children from Arizona, California, Ohio, and the District of Columbia attend schools that have school gardens, teach nutrition education, or have 'farm to table' programmes that use local food in school meals. (more)

US: Imams in NYC denounce violent extremism
14 October 2014 - About a dozen imams from mosques in all five of New York City's boroughs have gathered to denounce violent extremist acts around the world. At a press conference Tuesday on the steps of City Hall, the President of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York said that Islamic law forbids violent terrorist acts. (more)

How Frenchman's Nobel research could aid consumers
13 October 2014 - US consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. So say experts in assessing the work of Tirole, a 61-year-old Frenchmen who won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for showing how to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies. Tirole cannot be easily categorized as pro- or anti-regulation. At a news conference Monday, Tirole said: 'The market needs a strong state to function normally.' Left unregulated, companies that have few competitors can refuse to innovate and can charge unnecessarily high prices. But attempts to regulate them often fail. Companies grow close to the government agencies that are supposed to supervise them and find ways to use regulations to keep out competitors. 'His contribution is that he has given us a whole toolbox,' said Torsten Persson of the prize committee. Monday's prize completes the 2014 Nobel Prize announcements. (more)

Train service back in former Sri Lankan war zone
13 October 2014 - Cheered by tens of thousands of people, a train decorated with banana plants and colourful flower garlands arrived in Sri Lanka's northern Tamil heartland on Monday, 24 years after the 'Queen of Jaffna' was suspended due to civil war. 'Yarl Devi', as it is known in Tamil, was once a popular mode of transport between the ethnic Tamil-majority north and the Sinhala-majority south but was scaled back in 1990 because of the heightening of the civil war between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels. Before the civil war erupted in 1983, the train was the most convenient way to travel between north and south. India loaned $800 million for the project. (more)

1000-year old Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland
13 October 2014 - A hoard of Viking gold and silver artefacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant. Derek McLennan, a retired businessman, uncovered the 100 items in a field in Dumfriesshire, southwest Scotland, in September. The Viking hoard is McLennan's second significant contribution to Scotland's understanding of its past. Last year, he and a friend unearthed around 300 medieval coins in the same area of Scotland. A 10th-century Viking hoard was found in 2007 in northern England, while in 1840 over 8,600 items were found in northwest England. (more)

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