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Pentagon Blew $36M on Unwanted Afghanistan Outpost: Report

The Pentagon wasted $36 million by building a command facility in Afghanistan after the troop surge there ended — against the advice of generals on the ground who said it wasn't needed, a military watchdog said Wednesday in a blistering report.<p>The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan …

Former Ebola Fighters Feel As If They Get No Respect

They are the heroes nobody remembers.<p>"We were the foot soldiers," says Amos Tomah, 25. When Ebola struck Liberia, he went door-to-door to raise awareness about the disease; he earned about $80 a day for his two-week stint.<p>His friend, 42-year-old Rancy "Hooks" Harrison, used his taxi (and later, a …

The Week in Review: El Capitan Conquered

On Wednesday, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first individuals to reach the summit of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, a vertical rock in …

Acquitted of genocide, a handful of Rwandans live a life in limbo

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda will close its doors today after more than 20 years in operation.<p>Since its first trial, 61 individuals were convicted of crimes connected to the 1994 genocide, when between 800,000 and 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. But the court also …

Africa Nears Polio Eradication, CDC Says

<b>Correction appended, November 21, 2014</b><p>Wild poliovirus has nearly been eradicated in Africa thanks to successful vaccination efforts in Nigeria, the …

Public Health

World Toilet Day: Kibera slum seeks to ground 'flying toilets' | DW | 18.11.2014

Lack of toilets is a common problem in many slums across the world but as the world celebrates the World Toilet Day on Wednesday (19. 11.2014), more …

Biogas

Nigeria school hit by deadly blast

A suicide bomb attack killed 47 people and injured 79 others as students gathered for Monday morning assembly at their school in north-east Nigeria, police have said.<p>“There was an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber,” national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said, referring to the attack in …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Mongolia's lost secrets in pictures: the golden eagle hunters

The Altai Mountains run from Siberia in Russia all the way down to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. An enormous mountain range, it covers a vast area of over 16,000 kilometres and is studded with huge glacial lakes and permanently snow-covered peaks that rise above 4,500m. One of the world’s last true …

Wildlife

Cuba to send doctors to fight Ebola outbreak as death toll rises

The Cuban government will send 165 medical personnel to West Africa as health officials continue to struggle with a furious Ebola outbreak that has left thousands dead since March, officials said during a Friday news briefing.<p>Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda, Cuba's minister of public health, told …

Disease

First Prison to be Certified as Wildlife Habitat!

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is pleased to recognize the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor as an official …

Chad withdraws Chinese exploration permits

Chad has decided to withdraw five exploration permits issued to a Chinese company and press charges in a row over a $1.2bn fine for environmental violations, the oil ministry has said.<p>Djerassem Le Bemadjiel, Chad's oil minister, told a news conference on Saturday that the move was "to avoid further …

An Ebola Vaccine Is Not the Answer

Instead, we need a treatment and better quarantine measures.<p>In a widely shared <i>Onion</i> article from a few days ago, scientists "announced" that an Ebola vaccine was still 50 white people away. This was a jab at pharmaceutical companies, who, cynics think, will only set their R&D wheels in motion if …

Ex-wife challenges Nelson Mandela's will, demands homestead

The late South African leader Nelson Mandela said in his will that he wanted his home in rural Qunu to be used to forever unite his family. But his kinsmen, who fought bitterly over his burial place and went to court over the bones of his children, aren’t easily united.<p>His former wife, Winnie …

South Africa

Second American Ebola patient arrives in Atlanta for treatment

A woman in Ohio and two men in New York City are among a handful of people in the United States who have been tested for Ebola this week as healthcare facilities go on high alert because of the deadly outbreak in West Africa.<p>A second American aid worker who contracted the virus in Liberia arrived …

Bringing hope to violence-displaced Nigerians

Attacks in northeast Nigeria by the armed group Boko Haram have left thousands of families homeless. And so far they have received little outside help. But as Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Adamawa state, one local multi-faith initiative is bringing hope.

West Africa Ebola Outbreak: Surge in Deaths From Virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

The West Africa Ebola outbreak has intensified in recent days, with a surge in deaths reported from Sierra Leone and Guinea.<p>The World Health …

Doctors Aren't Sure How To Stop Africa's Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

When an Ebola outbreak lasts for months and continues to show up in new cities, health officials take notice.<p>That's exactly what's happening in West Africa. An outbreak that started in Guinea last February has surged in the past few weeks. It's now the deadliest outbreak since the virus was first …

11 More Obvious Things Confirmed by Science

Maybe these scientists were waiting for an unexpected turn in the findings that never came, or maybe they really <i>did</i> need to know if sexy waitresses …

Hair Color

Zuma admitted to hospital for tests

South African President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for tests, the presidency said in a statement on its website.<p>"Doctors are satisfied with his condition," the statement said on Saturday.<p>The announcement came two weeks after Zuma was inaugurated for a second five-year term following …

Boko Haram threat: Leaders vow to wage 'total war' on 'Al Qaeda of West Africa'

West African leaders have agreed to work together to wage "total war" on Boko Haram, saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional Al …

Number of missing Nigerian schoolgirls rises

The number of Nigerian schoolgirls still missing from recent kidnappings at a secondary school in Chibok has risen to 276 - 30 more than the previous estimate, police say.<p>Police Commissioner Tanko Lawan also said the number of girls who escaped from their captors had increased to 53.<p>Lawan said …

Many dead in DR Congo stampede

A stampede at a crowded tribute festival for a popular music star has killed at least 14 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.<p>A power failure at a stadium in the town of Kikwit, organised to commemorate the life of popular local singer King Kester Emeneya, plunged the venue into darkness …

Associated Press News

Mozambicans march against law protecting child rapists

In April, Mozambican MPs will debate and approve a long-overdue review of the penal code: finally, the country is getting rid of the colonial law which dates from 1886.<p>The world has advanced in giant leaps in terms of human rights since then, 127 years ago. The laws of a young country should …

U.N. aims to bring killers to account in Central African Republic | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of a United Nations inquiry said on Monday it was seeking to establish who should face prosecution for killings and other crimes in Central African Republic in order to halt for good bloodshed that has raised fears of genocide.<p>Father Bernard Kenvi (C) helps a Muslim …

Think Africa! - African American Issues

The Aftermath of Everest's Deadly Avalanche

Sherpa communities and those set to climb Everest are grieving and "in shock" after the avalanche that killed 16 mountaineers.<p>The first thing you hear is the roar. It's a terrifying sound, instantly recognizable. Your head jerks up, and you see the thundering cloud of ice blasting toward you. …