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  • South Sudan won’t expel foreign workers: minister

    JUBA, Sep 17 - The government in war-torn South Sudan said Wednesday it will not be expelling any foreign workers, reversing a policy announcement made the previous day that caused a storm of protests from aid agencies and neighbouring countries. According to the United... Read more

  • Ebola crisis ‘spiraling out of control’

    Atlanta, Sept 17 - President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people. Speaking as he unveiled a major new... Read more

  • US cools talk of combat role in Iraq

    WASHINGTON, September 17- The White House and the US military scrambled to play down a suggestion by the nation's top officer that deploying ground forces in Iraq to fight Islamic State jihadists was an option. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of... Read more

  • Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

    LEGAZPI, September 17- Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption. Mostly women, children and the elderly carrying bags of clothes were hauled out of farming villages... Read more

  • Far more displaced by disasters than conflict: study

    NORWAY, Sept 17 - Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued Wednesday. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent... Read more