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China Steps Up Ebola Aid to Africa as Eight Chinese Nationals Quarantined over Virus

The Chinese government is stepping up its international humanitarian efforts in Africa, sending almost $5 million-worth of medical supplies to the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak: Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. This as China tests another eight individuals that have shown symptoms of the deadly virus. Aug 12, 2014 7:43 AM PT

Report Claims Turkey Vowed to 'Do Whatever Falls on its Shoulders' to Help Iraqi Kurds

Following official declarations of support via humanitarian aid for the minority populations of Iraq currently fighting an onslaught from the jihadist terror group Islamic State, Kurdish publication Rudaw claims that the government of Turkey has vowed to do all in its power to maintain stability and fend off the Islamic State in Iraq. Aug 8, 2014 12:44 PM PT

US Denies Nigeria 'Premature' Ebola Drug, Cuts Resources in Sierra Leone

At what was at times a combative congressional hearing Thursday on the burgeoning Ebola crisis in West Africa, congressmen and Africa aid workers criticized both the United States and international response to the outbreak, asserting it has been insufficient to fight the disease. Aug 8, 2014 12:03 PM PT

Nigeria Makes Examples of Con Artists Arrested for Selling 'Ebola Cures'

Last week, Aderemi Ibirogba, Nigeria's commissioner for Information and Strategy, warned would-be scammers that selling false "Ebola cures" could land them in jail. The threat apparently did not work, as a separate Nigerian government agency repeated the threats and publicly paraded three scammers to prove the arrests were real. Aug 7, 2014 1:54 PM PT

200,000 Flee Northern Iraq Overnight as ISIS Overtakes Largest Christian Stronghold

The terrorist group Islamic State has taken over Qaraqosh, the largest remaining Christian enclave in Iraq. With the conquest of Qaraqosh and a further onslaught north into Assyrian territory, reports have surfaced that up to 200,000 Assyrian Christians have fled their homes and are without food, water, or shelter in northern Iraq. Aug 7, 2014 12:47 PM PT

CDC Activates Highest Response Level at Emergency Operations Center

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the United States Center for Disease Control, announced this afternoon that the agency has converted its Operations Center into a Level 1 facility to combat the Ebola virus-- the highest possible level of response to the threat internationally. The CDC heightened the level today in response to multiple new diagnoses and scares around the globe. Aug 6, 2014 3:04 PM PT

Indonesia Criminalizes Support for ISIS

The Indonesian government announced on Monday that public support for the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), now rebranded as the Islamic State, is illegal in the nation, as well as the publication of any pro-ISIS propaganda. The ban is a response to a growing effort on ISIS's part to recruit jihadists in the nation. Aug 6, 2014 10:34 AM PT

Morale 'Lowest Since 2001 Among Generals' in Aftermath of General Assassination in Afghanistan

The near-unprecedented assassination of a United States Major General in Afghanistan yesterday has returned media attention to a war President Obama long deemed over. While Democrats greeted the so-called end of the Afghan War as a welcome change, sources within the intelligence community say the withdrawal has collapsed morale in the armed forces. Aug 6, 2014 9:45 AM PT

Ebola Outbreak Traps American Study Abroad Students in Monrovia

Tuskegee University students studying abroad this summer in Monrovia, Liberia, were scheduled to return to their homes in Alabama by the end of this week, but they might now be trapped in the Liberian capital for the rest of the month due to the spread of the Ebola virus. Aug 6, 2014 8:39 AM PT

Boko Haram Emptying Towns in Revenge for Vigilante Efforts against Them

The population of the town of Damboa in northern Nigeria has now become a mass of 15,000 internally displaced refugees. After the town organized a citizen vigilante effort to rid its region of the jihadist terror group Boko Haram, the terrorists returned, dressed as beggars, and ambushed the villagers. Aug 5, 2014 1:42 PM PT

Stuck Between Boko Haram and Ebola, Nigeria Faces a Perfect Storm of Disasters

“There's a kind of romance with Nigeria and [with] bad news," a Lagos resident tells the Christian Science Monitor. "Are we making Nigeria… from a Boko Haram country to a[n] Ebola country?" The dual threat is on many of the nation's minds, a challenge many fear may be insurmountable for Africa's largest economy. Aug 5, 2014 12:00 PM PT

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