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Runaway Ebola outbreak in Congo

International | Ongoing unrest makes it difficult for health workers to contain the disease
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/09/19, 04:43 pm

Security challenges and distrust of health workers are driving the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since this latest epidemic began in August 2018, officials have recorded 1,026 confirmed cases, including 683 deaths. The outbreak is centered in the northeastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, also the epicenter of armed clashes and intercommunal unrest.

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Nielsen resignation adds to Cabinet vacancies

International | DHS secretary reportedly was blindsided by president’s threats to close the border
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/08/19, 12:25 pm

UNITED STATES: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned during a meeting with President Donald Trump Sunday—leaving top Cabinet positions covering national security vacant. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in December and the post remains unfilled, while the Department of Interior also is without a secretary.

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Kim Jong Nam murder suspect gets lighter sentence

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/01/19, 10:56 am

A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in 2017 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday. Doan Thi Huong initially faced the death penalty if convicted of murder in Kim Jong Nam’s death, but a judge sentenced her Monday to three years and four months for voluntarily causing injury with a dangerous weapon. Huong’s lawyer said officials likely will release her next month after a sentence reduction for good behavior.

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