October 26, 2014
Federal health regulators granted emergency authorization today for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans, highlighting new steps by the government to prevent a severe outbreak in the United States.
Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area.
Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.
Mauritania has closed its border with Mali to prevent the spread of Ebola, officials said today, highlighting fears of further contagion in West Africa after a girl from Guinea died of the disease in Mali this week.
Canadians have returned to the grounds of their parliament building, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country's military at home in a week.
A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager has been hanged, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media today when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.
A 5-pound gold nugget dug up in Northern California this past summer and believed to be the largest privately held piece of its kind from the state was offered for sale at $400,000 today.