World Topics

Oct 17, 2014

Argentina launches its first home-built satellite

Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite Thursday. The ARSAT-1 satellite is the first to be constructed with local technology in Latin America. It was built by a crew of about 500 scientists over seven years at a cost of $250 million. The ...

U.S. officials defend Ebola response; nurse moved

Oct 17, 2014

U.S. officials defend Ebola response; nurse moved

Health officials said Thursday they still don’t know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the U.S. is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the country. The revelation that one of ...

Ebola comes to last safe district in Sierra Leone

Oct 17, 2014

Ebola comes to last safe district in Sierra Leone

The deadly Ebola virus has infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra Leone, the government said Thursday, a setback in efforts to stop the spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries. The Emergency Operations Center in ...

Oct 17, 2014

U.N. fund to fight Ebola has only $100,000 in bank: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that a trust fund he launched to raise $1 billion to provide fast and flexible funding for the fight against Ebola has only $100,000 in the bank. Ban appealed urgently to the international community to provide the money, which ...

Oct 17, 2014

WHO to test Ebola preparedness in Coite d'Ivoire and Mali

The World Health Organization will send experts to test the Ebola-preparedness measures in Cote d’Ivoire and Mali, the two countries at greatest risk of being the next to be affected by the epidemic, WHO’s health security response chief, Isabelle Nuttall, said on Thursday. The ...

For huge ancient kangaroos, hopping was dicey

Oct 16, 2014

For huge ancient kangaroos, hopping was dicey

Kangaroos hop, right? Well, not all of them. Scientists said that a biomechanical and statistical analysis of fossil bones of a group of huge extinct kangaroos shows that the largest of the bunch likely could not hop as their modern-day relatives do. The study, ...