DRC News Feed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The quarantine of a nurse in Maine who recently returned from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa has touched off a battle between the authority of states to confine people to protect public health and the right of Americans to move about freely.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man detained in North Korea for nearly half a year got his job back with a city agency, but on condition he not travel again to a country where he could be easily detained, his attorney said on Thursday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was released from his position at the city of Moraine's streets department last month because of his prolonged detention. One of three Americans recently detained in North Korea, Fowle returned to his home near Dayton on Oct. 22. He was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was travelling as a tourist.
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. Cook's announcement comes as gay marriage is becoming widespread, but the nation remains divided over gay rights.
By Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State. The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools. Worries about homegrown extremism have risen in Canada after a gunman shot a soldier and charged into the Parliament building in Ottawa on Oct. 22. Several Canadian Muslim groups quickly condemned the attacks, which came as Canada sent warplanes to take part in air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.
Working can be deadly. The federal Department of Labor said Wednesday that 11 people in the United States die on the job every day, and another 50,000 perish each year from work-related illness or injury. Most of these deaths are concentrated in high-risk industries like mining, agriculture and construction, but not all: More than 400 people in professional and desk jobs lost their lives in 2012.
By Aung Hla Tun and Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year. The talks are the first of their kind and will see opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet for the first time with the powerful armed forces chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing - talks the Nobel laureate has sought since she became a lawmaker in 2012. Friday's hastily arranged get-together in the capital Naypyitaw comes as a complex peace process with armed ethnic rebels teeters on the brink of collapse and tensions linger over moves by Suu Kyi's party - backed by 5 million petitioners - to amend the constitution and reduce the political clout of a military that ruled Myanmar brutally for 49 years. President Barack Obama prepares to visit Myanmar next month for a regional summit amid growing U.S.
By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Thursday denied a Greek media report that the two countries' finance ministers had reached an agreement on further support for Greece after it exits its bailout programme. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and his Greek counterpart Gikas Hardouvelis held a bilateral meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of a tax conference in Berlin, but this was "without concrete results", a spokesman for Schaeuble said in a statement. "We deny media reports that Germany and Greece agreed yesterday about future aid for Greece once its ongoing bailout programme is over," the statement added. Greek officials have for weeks been talking with lenders about the possibility of a credit line that would be extended beyond the bail-out by euro zone partners to provide support in the case of unexpected events, according to people close to the Greek government.
President Barack Obama spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls on Thursday, the White House said. Obama is due to make his second presidential visit to Myanmar in mid-November to attend a pair of regional summits, amid growing U.S. Obama's call came just before Thein Sein and Myanmar's powerful military chief were due to hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.
The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday. The comments from Kyung-wha Kang, U.N. assistant secretary-general and deputy emergency relief coordinator, came during a monthly briefing for the Security Council on compliance with U.N. demands for greater aid access across Syria, now in its fourth year of civil war. "The human suffering in Syria is worsening," Kang said. "And so too is the callous disregard by the parties to the conflict for the people of Syria, for their safety and dignity, and for the country's future." The U.N. Syria mediator also briefed the Council following his 40-day-long tour in the region.