African beacon Botswana prepares for tight election

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President of the Republic of Botswana, Seretse Khama Ian Khama ,gestures during a media briefing in PretoriaBy Joe Brock and Tiisetso Motsoeneng GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana will on Friday hold what are expected to be its closest elections since gaining independence from Britain 48 years ago as President Ian Khama's ruling party faces growing dissent in a country often heralded as a beacon of African democracy. Khama's Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is expected to win a reduced majority, extending the grip on power it has held since 1966. There is, however, growing support for opposition parties who say change is needed with economic growth slowing and unemployment stuck at around 20 percent. …


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Darren Vann’s ex-girlfriend escaped death from ‘monster’ who kept her hogtied

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Blow by blow, Ferguson cop’s FULL version of why he shot Michael Brown: ‘Incredibly strong’ teen pressed gun to cop’s hip, the gun was jammed by a finger – and kill shot was fired as Brown ‘charged’ Secret Service agents who were supposed to be guarding White House were sent to their boss’s house an hour out of DC to deal with her ‘troublesome’ NEIGHBOR Victim says soap star Crystal Hunt’s glassing attack has ruined her chances of having a baby as no man will want her because of the scars Alaskan Congressman admits to insensitive language when he told a high school assembly a ‘lack of support from friends and family’ contributed to youth suicide – just days after a student took his own life EXCLUSIVE – ‘He doused me with gasoline, flicked his lighter and threatened to burn me alive': How ex-girlfriend of Indiana serial killer escaped death from ‘monster’ who kept her hogtied in their … (more)

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U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

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Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipmentBy Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. health officials unveiled new measures on Wednesday to carry out Ebola monitoring on anyone entering the country from the three nations at the center of a West African epidemic, increasing precautions to stop the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that beginning Monday, travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus. …


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Spanish banks should do well in ECB stress tests: De Guindos

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MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Wednesday he was confident Spanish lenders would do well in the European Central Bank’s banking health checks, the results of which will be made public on Sunday. “We can be confident that … Spanish banks will obtain good results in the tests which the ECB has carried out before becoming the sole supervisor (of euro zone banks),” De Guindos said in a speech at a conference in Madrid. …

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U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

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Prescreening is done on a passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. …


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Ex-counterterror head: ‘Imminent threat’

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The former head of U.S. counterterror operations said Tuesday the “imminent threat” posed by an al Qaeda offshoot in Syria hasn’t lessened after a U.S. air campaign there. Speaking to CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Matt Olsen said by his analysis the threat from the Khorasan group “is still in the same place as it was before” President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes against the terror operation last month.

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Asia shares mixed after China growth data

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A file photo shows the quotation board of the Nikkei key index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tokyo stocks eased 0.60 percent after soaring on MondayAsian markets were mixed Tuesday as data showing China's economy growing at its slowest pace in five years offset another positive lead from Wall Street.


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Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

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Health care worker receives protocol on the proper removal of personal protection equipment from CDC instructors in preparation for the response to the current Ebola outbreak, during a CDC safety training course in Anniston, AlabamaBy Anna Driver and Lisa Marie Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. …


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