Truce holds: With negotiations for a longer-lasting cease-fire set to begin soon, many Gazans have returned to their neighborhoods. For now, the 72-hour humanitarian pause is holding, allowing Israeli and Palestinian delegations to gather in Cairo, Egypt, to talk about how to make the truce last. For Gaza’s 1.8 million residents it also offered a chance to go to a street market for food and goods, or to check on abandoned homes. Some, fearing the violence would return, remained in shelters.
Insider attack: An Afghan soldier opened fire at an Afghan training base yesterday, killing an American two-star general and wounding 15 coalition forces. The assailant was killed. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene is the highest ranking American officer to be killed in the Afghanistan war and the highest ranked to die in combat since a brigadier general died in Vietnam in 1972, Pentagon records show. The attack appears to be the latest incident of a so-called “insider attack.” That’s when Afghan soldiers turn on American and coalition troops
Stopping a killer: The social media outcry against bringing Ebola patients to the United States has been almost deafening at times. Folks are upset that a known killer virus is being imported into the country.
But experts say we shouldn’t worry too much because:
– The virus is fragile and doesn’t spread easily, only through direct contact with infected fluids.
– Common-sense hygiene can stop it.
– American hospitals have the resources to contain it and are trained to handle Ebola.
– Airports are on alert – both in Africa and the United States – to catch passengers who have symptoms.
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