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Asylum seeker baby born in Australia denied refugee visa

<b>A federal court has ruled that a baby born in Australia to an asylum seeker is not entitled to a refugee visa.</b><p>Ferouz Myuddin, who is 11 months old, was born in Brisbane when his mother was transferred to hospital from a refugee detention centre on Nauru.<p>A judge backed the government's earlier …

Immigration

Under conservative assault, Vatican backtracks on gay comments

Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships.<p>In a report Monday, the Vatican had said that gays and lesbians have "gifts to offer" the Christian community and acknowledged that same-sex …

Teen Saved by Transplant, Killed by Superbug at NIH Hospital

Troy Stulen, a 20-year-old from Minnesota with everything to live for, was born with a rare genetic condition that doctors hoped could be cured with a bone marrow transplant.<p>The transplant at the National Institutes of Health clinical center in Bethesda, Maryland, was a success — but a year later, …

Medicine

Feds warn of possible ISIS-inspired attacks on police, government officials, media

Federal officials are warning U.S. law enforcement about the threat of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks against police officers, government workers and “media figures” in the U.S.<p>In a joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement and confirmed by Fox News, the FBI and Department of …

CDC lays out new plan to counter Ebola exposure in US

Embattled Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director, Dr. Tom Frieden, laid out a new game plan to counter further contamination of health care workers dealing with Ebola patients – including sending rapid response teams to any hospital where a new case is confirmed.<p>Frieden told reporters during a …

Why Nigeria Was Able to Beat Ebola, but Not Boko Haram

Six months after 276 girls were kidnapped, President Goodluck Jonathan hasn't been able to bring them back. So why was the country so effective in combating Ebola?<p>For Nigeria’s embattled government, October 20 is a date worth circling on the calendar: That day will mark 42 days since Nigeria’s last …

After A Month Of Silence, We Finally Know What Happened To Emory's 3rd Ebola Patient

When Dr. Kent Brantly and another American healthcare worker, Nancy Writebol, contracted Ebola in Liberia and were evacuated to Emory University Hospital for treatment, Americans watched closely and celebrated their eventual release.<p>But when a third Ebola patient — a World Health Organization …

'Massacre' threat forces Anita Sarkeesian to cancel university talk

Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular <i>Tropes vs. Women</i> video series, is at the center of yet another death threat. The <i>Standard Examiner</i> reports that the director of Utah State University's Center for Women and Gender, along with several other people, received an email promising a mass shooting if …

Why Ebola Is Such A Uniquely Terrible Virus

In its struggle to beat back the virus, your immune system's reaction ravages the rest of your body, leaving your blood vessels weak and leaky.<p>Soon, blood and plasma start pushing through, sometimes coming out of your pores and every orifice.<p>But long before the body begins to fail — around the time …

Disease

Ebola Threatens ‘Africa Rising’ and Strains Relations Across the Continent: A Look at the Southern Africa Example

More on:<p>Sub-Saharan Africa<p>South Africa<p>Zimbabwe<p>Development<p>Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population<p><i>This is a guest post by Brooks Marmon, Accountability</i> …

Ebola crisis aid worker: 'It's spreading like wildfire - more must be done'

Graphic scenes of dead bodies lying strewn by the side of the road and medical workers wearing biohazard protective suits have dominated the …

Turkey Has Been Consistent, Just Not In Line With U.S.

More on:<p>Turkey<p><i>This article was originally published here on</i> NYTimes.com <i>on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.</i><p>Turkey could still commit itself to becoming a …

World War 3: America Will Lose Nuclear War To China And Russia, U.S. ‘Expert’ Predicts On Iranian TV

The United States is deliberately provoking Russia and China into World War 3, but when it comes to a nuclear war, the result will not be the total …

National Security

Pentagon withheld information about decades-old chemical weapons during Iraq War, report claims

American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report.<p>The New …

Ebola In The United States: What Happened When

When Ebola virus resurfaced in West Africa in December 2013, public health officials were hopeful that it could be contained, as it had been in past outbreaks.<p>But the virus continues to ravage communities in Africa and has now spread to the United States and Europe. The number of new cases in …

For U.S. Soldier Turned Aid Worker, The Goal Was To Help Syrians

<i>Editor's Note: This story on Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, was published last month after the Islamic State publicly threatened to kill him. It is being republished in the wake of his death.</i><p>I met Abdul-Rahman Kassig in Beirut in the summer of 2012, when the young American was still …

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Government regulators have approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. They're the latest weapon in an arms race between farmers and weeds, and the government's green light is provoking angry opposition from environmentalists.<p>The actual decision, at first glance, seems …

Obama declares US must be more aggressive in monitoring Ebola

Barack Obama has warned of Ebola spreading globally if more is not done to stop the epidemic raging out of control in west Africa, as he urged the US public not to lose sight of the importance of focusing on tackling the disease at its source.<p>As pressure grows on the White House to explain failures …

Statehouse Shootout: Pa. lawmaker exchanges gunfire with would-be robber

They messed with the wrong lawmaker.<p>Two Pennsylvania state representatives escaped unharmed Tuesday night after they were involved in a shootout with a gunman who attempted to rob them near the state Capitol in Harrisburg.<p>State Rep. Marty Flynn, a former prison guard who's licensed to carry a …

Bioethicist: 10 Things America Needs to Do About Ebola

Given the growing concern about the national response to Ebola, President Barack Obama canceled a fund-raising trip to meet with his top advisers on the epidemic. The notion of a time-out to take stock is a good one since public fear over Ebola is causing turmoil for travelers, the stock market, …

Disease

“If we run and they kill us, so be it. But we have to run now.”

One year ago, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. The handful who escaped that night have never told the full story of their …

Oklahoma Triple Murder: Alan Hruby, 19, Killed Mom, Dad And Sister, Say Cops — Now Find Out Why

The shocking triple murder of a mom, dad, and their 17-year-old daughter in rural Oklahoma, discovered on Monday, has been solved, police say. …

Crime

How Lessons From the AIDS Crisis Can Help Us Beat Ebola

Without urgent action, Ebola could become “the world’s next AIDS,” said Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and …

The Afghanistan Withdrawal: A Potential Disaster in the Making

Disputes over Iraq have distracted Americans from a more important debate.<p>For weeks now, the media has been gleefully recounting what former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta thinks about the decision by his old boss, President Obama, to withdraw American troops from Iraq. “Panetta unloads on White …

A Second Nurse and Second Guesses on Ebola

The CDC is playing catchup after a healthcare worker flew a commercial flight after being in contact with a patient.<p><i>Updated 6:40 p.m. 10/15/14</i><p>Senior U.S. officials are growing more worried about an Ebola outbreak that has now infected two health workers in Dallas, including one who traveled on a …

Apple and Facebook are now paying for women employees to freeze their eggs

Attempt to delay childbirth and recruit a more diverse workforce is both encouraging and dystopian<p>It sounds like a plot out of a <i>Gattaca</i>-like dystopian movie: giant corporations that pay for the women on their workforces to freeze their reproductive eggs, allowing them to spend more of their most …

Powerful quantum computers move a step closer to reality

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have pushed quantum computers a step closer to reality, which one former NSA technical director says calls for a rethink in how the whole security of the internet is managed.<p>The Australian researchers claim to have developed two new types of quantum …

Blood cells modified by researchers hunt cancer — with success

19 of 30 patients treated with genetically-modified T cells remain in remission from otherwise-fatal leukemia<p>The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s …

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Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq

The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting.<p>In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven …