“Alarmed by the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola, West Africa leaders have declared extraordinary measures to fight the disease, including closing schools, authorizing house-to-house searches for infected people and, at least on paper, sometimes vowing to go beyond the standard international controls for halting the virus…But that tough stance is being accompanied by loose enforcement that is deeply worrying to doctors and health care workers trying to stem the rapid spread of the virus.” Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Nigeria, themost populous country in Africa. Meanwhile, an experimental drug appears to have helped save the two American missionaries infected with Ebola. And in New York City, health officials believe it is “unlikely” a man in quarantine there has Ebola, but are running tests to makes sure. [NYT]

“An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America by ‘Ministry Of Truth”



“Nelson Mandela death: World mourns South Africa’s first black president” 2


By Arwa Damon and Faith Karimi, CNN

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) — In a symbol befitting a nation in mourning, dark gray clouds swept over Johannesburg on Friday.

Under overcast skies that threatened to rain any minute, South Africans draped in flags and images of Nelson Mandela gathered on the streets to sing and dance.

Children spelled out “we love you Mandela” on the grass using rocks near his home in the suburb of Houghton. Nearby, stuffed animals and flowers sat in a heap.

Others wept as they lit candles.

Mandela, 95, died Thursday. The nation’s first black president battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

President Jacob Zuma announced the loss late Thursday night, long after many South Africans had gone to bed.

They didn’t find out until Friday morning.



Nelson Mandela Passes


Nelson Mandela, a revered world statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of its dark days of apartheid, has died, President Jacob Zuma has announced. He was 95.

The former president battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

In a nation healing from the scars of apartheid, Mandela became the moral compass.

His defiance of white-minority rule and his incarceration for fighting against segregation focused the world’s attention on South Africa’s apartheid system, making him a symbol of the struggle for racial equality.

In his lifetime, he was a man of complexities. He went from being considered a terrorist, to an imprisoned freedom fighter, to a unifying figure, to an elder statesman respected worldwide.

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National News Alert

Egyptian court orders release of ex-president Hosni Mubarak

Egypt’s former autocrat, Hosni Mubarak, could leave prison as early as Wednesday night, government officials and legal experts said, after a Cairo court ordered his release. Mubarak’s release would constitute another dramatic blow to the protest movement that led to his removal from office in February, 2011, and has rallied in recent weeks against the July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.


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Prince William‘s Passion: New Father, New Hope” premieres on CNN on September 15 at 10 p.m. ET. Portion of the interview will air on CNN’s New Day on Monday at 8 a.m. ET.

(CNN) — Prince William has given his first official interview to CNN since his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their first child.

The future king of Britain sat down with CNN’s Max Foster to talk about baby George, his wife Catherine, and what it’s like to be a new father.

A portion of the interview will air on CNN on Monday, August 19 at 8:00 a.m. ET.

The interview is part of a one-hour special, “Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope,” which will premiere on CNN and CNN International on Sunday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET