Mass trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine could start in West Africa in December and several hundred thousand doses could be available by the first half of next year, the World Health Organisation has said. The WHO’s assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny said on Friday that two potential vaccines were undergoing clinical trials. Larger trials in West Africa [...]

Kurdish fighters have retaken a hill near Kobane from ISIL fighters that could prove essential if further supply airdrops are made by the US and its allies. The hill to the west of the town was retaken overnight on Thursday with the help of an air attack, said Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from the Turkey-Syria [...]

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Bangladeshi leader jailed for war crime dies

October 24, 2014

The former leader of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, whose imprisonment on war crimes charges triggered violent protests last year, has died of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital, officials have said. Ghulam Azam, 91, died on Thursday after life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University in the capital Dhaka, [...]

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Al Jazeera staff held for 300 days in Egypt

October 24, 2014

Al Jazeera English journalists Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste are marking the 300th day since their arrest in Egypt. Greste and Fahmy received seven-year jail terms, while Mohamed was sentenced to 10 years, after they were accused of aiding terrorism and spreading false news, in a case that sparked international outrage. An Egyptian court [...]

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The new KFC monstrosity will kill us all

October 24, 2014

Last year, KFC released the Double Down to much fanfare, with 350,000 items being sold within the first ten days of its launch. The “sandwich” consisted of two pieces of fried chicken (the bread, if you will) with bacon and pepper jack cheese in the middle. It had 540 calories, 30 g of fat and 1,740 mg [...]

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UPDATED: NYC doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa rushed to hospital; tests positive for virus

October 24, 2014

UPDATE (8:45 p.m. ET): The doctor, Craig Spencer, tested positive for Ebola and is New York City’s first diagnosed case. According to the New York Times, Spencer felt “sluggish” on Tuesday, but did not develop a fever until Thursday. He took the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn on Wednesday night, went to a bowling alley [...]

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