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Mali's health minister declares country free of Ebola virus after 42 days of no cases

MaliMali's minister of health has declared the country free of the Ebola virus after 42 days passed without a new case.

"Since December 6, 2014, the date on which the last inpatient at the treatment center in Bamako was tested negative, no other confirmed cases of illness from Ebola virus have been recorded in our country," Ousmane Kone said in a statement.

"Also, after 42 days of surveillance without confirmed cases of illness from Ebola virus, in accordance with the guidelines of international health regulations, I declare this day, January 18, 2015, the end of the epidemic of Ebola virus in Mali."


'Selma' stars including Oprah march in Alabama, honoring MLK

Selma march 2015Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The remembrance comes after several incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by police in recent months, spurring protests and heightening tensions around the country. In Ferguson, Mo., where one fatal shooting caused weeks of violent protests, leading black members of Congress pressed for further reforms of the criminal justice system in the name of equality.


Boko Haram stages attacks in Cameroon, Nigeria

boko haramSuspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria kidnapped around 80 people, most of them children, and killed three others on Sunday in a cross-border attack on villages in northern Cameroon, army and government officials said.

"According to our initial information, around 30 adults, most of them herders, and 50 young girls and boys aged between 10 and 15 years were abducted," a senior army officer deployed to northern Cameroon told Reuters.


Shots fired at Delaware home of vice-president Joe Biden

Joe BeidenThe Secret Service said on Sunday that multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice-President Joe Biden on Saturday night. The vice-president and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

The Wilmington home is several hundred yards from the main road from where the shots rang out, and authorities were searching outside the Biden residence and nearby houses to determine if any rounds hit anything. Police in New Castle County, Delaware, said there were no reports of any injuries related to the shooting.


Ireland’s Health Minister Comes Out

Irish health ministerMinister for Health Leo Varadkar has come out publicly this morning, saying he is a “gay man”.

“I am a gay man, it’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know but isn’t something I’ve spoken publicly about before,” he told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1.

“It’s not something that defines me,”he said. “I’m not a half-Indian politician, or a doctor politician or a gay politician for that matter. It’s just part of who I am, it doesn’t define me, it is part of my character I suppose”.


Israel kills son of Hezbollah's late military chief in Syria: Hezbollah sources

Israel kills son oh hezbolla leaderAn Israeli helicopter strike in Syria killed five members of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement including the son of group's late military leader Imad Moughniyah, sources close to Hezbollah said, in an attack that has the potential to trigger reprisals.

Israel's military declined to comment, but Israel's Ynet news Web site quoted an Israeli military source as saying the attack had targeted "terrorists who intended to attack Israel".


Churches burned in Niger during second day of Charlie Hebdo protests

niger churches burnedSeveral churches were burned during demonstrations in Niger's capital and another regional town Saturday, as protests against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad entered their second day.

At least two churches were razed in the Nigerian capital of Niamey outside the city's main mosque where Muslim leaders had organized a march. Authorities banned the demonstration and subsequent clashes resulted in police deploying tear gas as protesters threw stones and burned two police cars.


Israeli minister calls for removal of Palestinian President

LiebermanIsrael's foreign minister says the Palestinian president must be removed for peace talks to proceed after the International Criminal Court announced it is opening a probe into alleged Israeli war crimes.

Avigdor Lieberman said President Mahmoud Abbas must "pay the price" for initiating the ICC probe. Lieberman told Israel Radio Sunday that "We must get rid of Abu Mazen (Abbas)" for diplomacy to prevail. He said the U.S. must stop its financial assistance to the Palestinians.


Former enemy combatant Ali al-Marri released from prison early, deported from U.S.

Al-AmaraAfter more than 13 years in local, military and federal jails or prisons on terrorism-related charges, a former West Peoria resident is home in his native Qatar, leaving a series of short-term questions and long-term legal ramifications in his wake.

Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 49, was spirited out of the United States on Friday, two days before he was scheduled to be released from a maximum security prison in Florence, Colo.


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