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A health worker with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) puts on protective gear at an Ebola isolation ward in Conakry, on June 28, 2014Doctors Without Borders says can't rule out virus spreading to other countries.


2014-07-30 08:50:52 -0600

Firefighters battle the deadly March 26 blaze. Credit: Boston Fire DepartmentBOSTON (Reuters) - Six companies of Boston firefighters on Wednesday battled a large blaze that engulfed multiple buildings in the city's residential eastern section, fire officials said. Live television images showed a plume of smoke hanging over the city's east near Logan International Airport. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been injured in the fire, which was reported at 8:35 a.m. ET. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Bill Trott)


2014-07-30 08:03:34 -0600

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority, speaks during an interview at his home in Beijing, China. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, a lawyer provided the first news about the minority Uighur economics professor since he was detained by Chinese authorities over five months ago, saying the activist staged a hunger strike and later was denied food. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)By Michael Martina and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China formally indicted a prominent ethnic Uighur professor for separatism on Wednesday, as security forces flooded into the far western region of Xinjiang amid more reports of violence following what the government called a terrorist attack. Police in Beijing in January detained Ilham Tohti, a well-known economist who has championed the rights of the Muslim Uighur community, who come from Xinjiang. He was subsequently taken to the regional capital Urumqi and accused of promoting and supporting Xinjiang's independence from China, a red line for Beijing which views the region as an inseparable part of the country. The case against Tohti is the latest sign of the government's hardening stance on dissent in Xinjiang, where unrest in the past year or so has killed more than 200, including several police, according to state media.


2014-07-30 08:43:50 -0600