Nov 1, 2014

Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze over his attempts to extend his 27-year reign, one of Africa’s longest. Gen. Honore Traore, the joint chief of staff, told reporters that he would assume the ...

Oct 15, 2014

NBC correspondent admits violation of quarantine

NBC News medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman has admitted that some members of her crew violated a voluntary quarantine to protect against Ebola, a misstep that caused New Jersey health officials to make that quarantine mandatory. NBC said Tuesday that Snyderman and her crew are ...

Oct 14, 2014

Ebola threatens Africa's development


The World Health Organization's dramatic warning that the Ebola epidemic threatens the "very survival" of societies has a public health consultant wondering where all the millions of dollars in aid to African countries to improve their health systems have gone.

Oct 13, 2014

Ebola claims another victim: struggling African economies

After killing thousands in Africa and terrifying millions more, the Ebola virus is claiming a new victim: the economies of what are already some of the world’s poorest countries, experts say. “Our development agenda was interrupted by the Ebola outbreak which started in March ...

Oct 12, 2014

Two killed, six peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic

Two people were killed in fighting in the capital of the Central African Republic and six peacekeepers from Burundi and Cameroon were wounded in an ambush, a spokeswoman for the United Nations mission in the country said on Saturday. The violence follows days of ...

Containing exponential Ebola

Oct 10, 2014

Containing exponential Ebola


Even without a vaccine, the governments of developed countries are confident that their health services can find and isolate any infected people quickly and prevent Ebola from becoming an epidemic in their countries. They are probably right, but they might be wrong.