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Congo Ebola outbreak is 2nd largest, 2nd deadliest
A 2000-01 outbreak in Uganda included 425 cases and caused 224 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The deadliest outbreak occurred in West Africa in 2014, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people. "This is a milestone nobody wanted to hit," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic wrote in an email. On average, Ebola -- which causes fever, severe headache and in some cases hemorrhaging -- kills about half of…
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Japan preparing to put US-designed stealth jets on an ‘aircraft carrier’
That order would include a version of the jet that can take-off and land vertically, a feature that could prompt Japan to transform some of its existing ships into aircraft carriers so that it can operate the fighters at sea -- a capability they have not had since World War II, a source close to the F-35 program told CNN. "With short take-off vertical landing capability you are now able…
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Angela Merkel’s plane diverted after technical issue
The plane has landed safely in Cologne, the spokesman said. Merkel has had to reschedule some meetings due to the delay. An RTL reporter on board says they were flying over the Netherlands when they were told there had been an "electronic systems failure" and turned around to land at the Cologne airport. Reporters have been told the airplane is getting a replacement part. Video from on board shows several…
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Maria Ressa, Rappler formally indicted by the Philippines on tax evasion charges
Rappler said five cases were formally filed against Ressa and Rappler Holdings in two courts, just weeks after the Philippines Department of Justice announced it had found probable cause to indict the pair. Philippines officials say some of the charges stem from Rappler and Ressa failing to declare about $3 million in 2015 on tax returns from an investment by the Omidyar Network, a fund created by eBay founder and…
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China suspends scientists who claim to have produced gene-edited babies
The moves comes after Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced Monday that two ostensibly healthy twin girls had been born this month from embryos altered to make them resistant to HIV. Chinese authorities called He's claim "extremely abominable in nature" and a violation of Chinese law, according to Xinhua. "The gene-edited twins matter reported by the media has brazenly violated Chinese laws and regulations and breached the science ethics bottom line,…