Nation & world

  1. Ebola spreads while fears keep out help


    KOLO BENGOU, Guinea — Eight youths, some armed with slingshots and machetes, stood warily alongside a rutted dirt road at an opening in the high reeds, the path to the village of Kolo Bengou. The deadly Ebola virus is believed to have infected several people in the village, and the youths were blocking the path to …

    Locals watch Doctors Without Borders workers disinfecting after leaving a clinic for combatting the Ebola virus in Teldou, Guinea. Out of fear, some have blocked the aid group.
  2. New fighting breaks out in Gaza


    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The conflict in Gaza raged on Sunday, even as both Israel and Hamas offered brief truces and President Barack Obama pressed Israel for an "immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire," reflecting growing concern over the rising death toll.

    Smoke rises from the Gaza Strip after Israeli shelling on Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that he planned to keep targeting militants and Hamas tunnels.
  3. Rebels, troops escalate attacks in Ukraine



    Rebels, troops escalate attacks

    Rebels and government troops fired on each other's positions Sunday in a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine, sending residents into bomb shelters, as Washington released images that it said proved Russia is shooting across the border into …

  4. House, Senate negotiators reach deal on veterans bill


    WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to deal with the long-term needs of the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and plan to unveil their proposal today.

  5. U.S. coal exports put Obama in a bind


    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the United States off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

    The Obama administration’s goal of reducing the nation’s carbon emissions has been working, but energy companies are sending increasing amounts of coal to other parts of the world.