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From Washington, this is VOA News. 

The first Ebola patient in the US dies....

Turkey still deciding on role in fight against Islamic State...

I'm Ray Kouguell  reporting from Washington.

The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday in Dallas, Texas.  Thomas Eric Duncan died 10 days after he entered Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.  He came to Dallas on September 20th from his native Liberia, the epicenter of the West African Ebola outbreak. The chief of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, says he is deeply saddened by Duncan's death.  Dr. Frieden says there cannot be a zero risk for Ebola in the United States as long as the outbreak continues in West Africa. President Barack Obama says fighting Ebola is a national security priority. He says new screening measures for travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be put in place at five major U.S. airports.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the strategy for the coalition battling Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq is still "evolving."  At a press conference in Washington with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Secretary Kerry said decisions about the role of Turkey and other countries will be coming within "hours or days. “These things have to be done in a thoughtful and careful way so everybody understands who is doing what and what the implications are of their doing it and where you go as a result.”  Six coalition airstrikes Wednesday helped Kurdish fighters push back Islamic State militants.
Afghan authorities have executed five men convicted of gang rape, despite allegations of flawed legal proceedings. Former President Hamid Karzai signed the execution order last month on his last day in office.

This is VOA News.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta  appeared before the International Criminal Court in the Hague Wednesday for a hearing that may determine whether the crimes against humanity case against him is dropped or postponed indefinitely.  Judges are expected to make a decision by the end of the year.  Lisa Bryant reports:
President Uhuru Kenyatta was greeted by cheering supporters outside the courtroom, but he remained silent during the three-hour hearing at the International Criminal Court.  Instead, his defense lawyer Steven Kay made a vigorous argument the Kenyan leader be acquitted of the charges against him. "He is entitled to his verdict of 'not guilty' because there are no further enquiries going on.  It is plainly not the case that was brought against him that can be sustained at all.”  Mr. Kenyatta faces five counts at the Hague-based court for his alleged role in overseeing post-election violence in Kenya between 2007 and 2008.

Lisa Bryant for VOA News, Paris.

The unrest killed about 11-hundred people and displaced more than a half-million others.

Mali's foreign minister is warning his country is at risk of becoming a destination for "hoards of terrorists" as attacks by armed groups have increased.  U-N correspondent Margaret Besheer has more:

Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop called for all armed groups to renounce terrorism and accept "the extended hand of the government".

He urged the U.N. Security Council to review and strengthen the mandate of its nearly 10,000-member peacekeeping force so that it could better protect civilians.  He spoke from Bamako via a video link and is heard here through an interpreter. "Perhaps the council should consider setting up a rapid intervention force which is a capable of effectively fighting terrorists." He warned that drug traffickers and jihadists have returned to northern Mali and he expressed concern about increased attacks on U.N. peacekeepers.

Margaret Besheer VOA News, the United Nations.
U.S. and Japanese officials have laid out guidelines for significantly expanded security coordination between the two nations.  They say the upgrade is needed to better respond to what one senior State Department official described as "the modern threat environment." No specific threats were mentioned.

Three scientists -- Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German Stefan Hell -- have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  They were awarded  for their development of microscopes so powerful they can be used to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest living cells.

U.S. health officials say Americans are living longer than ever  with life expectancy moving up and death rates falling. Using 2012 data, the government said Wednesday the life expectancy for a child born then is now almost 79 years.

I’m Ray Kouguell in Washington.

That’s the latest world news from VOA.

epicenter n. 震中;中心

priority n. 优先;优先权;[数] 优先次序;优先考虑的事





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