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Fear of Ebola spread rises as clinic is looted


Fear of Ebola spread rises as clinic is looted

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. The violence in the slum in Monrovia occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought to the center from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday. Up to 30 patients were staying at the center and many of them fled, he said. He said once they are located they will be transferred to the Ebola center at Monrovia's largest hospital. Ebola is spread through bodily fluids including blood, vomit, feces and sweat.


Cease-fire talks face deadline

Israeli and Palestinian delegations reconvened in Cairo on Sunday to continue Egyptian-mediated talks for a long-term cease-fire to end the Gaza crisis. Last week's optimism about the chances for an agreement before the current truce expires tonight dimmed over the weekend as both sides expressed reservations about an 11-point Egyptian proposal.


Perry defends veto after indictment

Texas Gov. Rick Perry insisted Sunday that a grand jury indictment alleging that he abused his office and tried to coerce an elected official was unjustified, pointing to support he has received from political leaders to bolster his claim. On Fox News Sunday, Perry defended his decision to veto funding for a state anticorruption unit after a district attorney refused to resign when he publicly asked her to do so. Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Austin on Friday, charged with abusing his official capacity and coercing a public servant.


South Korea: Pope Francis today wrapped up his first visit to Asia with a Mass for peace and reconciliation in Seoul's cathedral attended by the South Korean president and a handful of North Korean defectors. Organizers of the trip had invited a delegation from the North to attend the Mass, but Pyongyang authorities declined.

Hong Kong: Tens of thousands of people marched on Sunday to express their opposition to a pro-democracy movement that has threatened to bring Hong Kong to a standstill if China does not open up the nomination process for electing the city's top leader.

Arkansas: Two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were injured when two freight trains collided head-on in Hoxie, Ark., state police said.

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