1. EBOLA DOCTOR DEATH
“RIP Dr. Khan”: A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan fell ill early last week while overseeing Ebola treatment at a government hospital. This disease typically kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60% because of early treatment. The outbreak is happening primarily in three West African countries: Guinea, where it began, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
2. MIDEAST CRISIS
No truce: There’s lots of finger pointing in the Middle East where Hamas and Israel are blaming one another for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people dead. The latest efforts to broker a deal to end the violence failed yesterday, with Hamas rejecting a cease-fire proposal put forward by the Palestinian Authority that called for a 24-hour truce that could be extended to 72 hours. Hamas maintains that any deal must include an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Israel says any truce must protect it against tunnels used by Palestinian militants in Gaza to make their way into Israel.
3. UKRAINE – AIRLINER CRASH SITE
Dangerous area: Nearly two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile, the Dutch investigators in charge of finding out what happened still can’t get to the crash site. Pro-Russian rebels control the area of eastern Ukraine where the Boeing 777 went down on July 17. They gave Malaysian officials the plane’s “black boxes” on July 22. The rebels have also handed over some human remains from the site. As of Monday, 227 coffins had been sent to the Netherlands. There were 298 people on board when the plane crashed.