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Ebola Vaccine
Health

Ebola vaccine shown to be ‘highly protective’ against deadly virus in major trial

Scientists on Thursday announced a milestone in the fight against Ebola, reporting that a major trial of an experimental vaccine shows that it may be “highly protective” against the virus, which has infected nearly 30,000 people and killed 11,000 worldwide since 2013. Although the current outbreak has been contained, health officials fear the deadly […]

Catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons
USA World

Trump says he wants to ‘greatly strengthen and expand’ U.S. nuclear capability

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called for the United States to expand its nuclear arsenal, after Russian President Vladi­mir Putin said his country’s nuclear potential needs fortifying, raising the specter of a new arms race that would reverse decades of efforts to reduce the number and size of the two […]

Erich Burger, of Baltimore, is recovering at home from a rare and often fatal disease. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)
Health

Medical detectives raced to save a man from a rare, ‘universally lethal’ disease

The problems started after Erich Burger returned from an unforgettable safari in Botswana and Zambia last month. The Baltimore software engineer got sick the day after he got home. He headed to a community hospital after about a week of fever and chills, thinking he might have malaria given his […]

A construction site in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit in the West Bank. (Baz Ratner/Reuters)
USA World

Trump, Obama on possible collision course over Israeli settlement vote

President-elect Donald Trump warned the Obama administration Thursday against a possible abstention in a key U.N. Security Council vote that would declare illegal all Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory in the West Bank and the mostly Arab East Jerusalem. The resolution, initially scheduled for a Thursday vote, urges Israelis and […]

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins the Ballon d’Or as Player of the Year
Soccer Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins the Ballon d’Or as Player of the Year

After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends the year with something just for himself — his fourth world player of the year award. Ronaldo on Monday won his third Ballon d’Or award, which this year is being handed […]

LeBron James, right, led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the N.B.A. championship over Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors in the series decider in Oakland, Calif. Credit Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports, via Reuters
Basketball Sports

LeBron James Delivered on His Promise in 2016

LeBron James was present at two Game 7 thrillers in 2016 but played in only one of them. It was on the night of June 19 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., where James and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the N.B.A. Finals. […]

Lying about being married is now illegal in Italy
Lifestyle

Lying about being married is now illegal in Italy

Married men who claim they are not wed in order to snare a new lover in Italy will fall foul of the law, following a landmark judgement. The country’s Supreme Court has called time on lotharios after ruling against a man who claimed to have had his marriage annulled. The […]

Akufo Addo’s Ministers list leak
Politics

Akufo Addo’s Ministers list leak

President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia are said to be putting final touches to names of those to be appointed ministers of state in the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government. Some prominent members of the party have been considered for ministerial positions while a […]

Fistfight breaks out in Kenya parliament
Politics

Fistfight breaks out in Kenya parliament

A parliament session in Kenya has descended into chaos, with rival MPs trading punches. Opposition lawmakers tried to block discussions on the introduction of manual vote-counting for next year’s presidential election. The government wants a back-up to the electronic system but the opposition says it is a way of rigging […]

Menstruating girls and women in western Nepal
Lifestyle

15 year old girl dies after being banished for menstruating

Police in Nepal are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl who was banished to a poorly-ventilated shed because she was menstruating. They say the girl suffocated after lighting a fire to keep warm. Under an ancient Hindu practice, called chhaupadi, women who have their periods or who have just […]