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Rwanda Cancels Ebola Screenings for U.S. and Spain

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Rwanda’s minister of health is reversing a decision she made to require visitors who had been in the U.S. or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to Rwandan authorities daily in case they showed Ebola symptoms.

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho said on Twitter late Wednesday that the decision to screen travelers from the U.S. and Spain was solely her decision and not the government’s. She apologized for any inconvenience.

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North Korea Bans Foreign Tourists Because of Fears of Ebola

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In recent months, North Korea has taken steps to encourage foreign tourists — and their wallets — to visit the usually secretive country. But those efforts are now on hold because of the fear of Ebola.

Foreign tourists will no longer be allowed into the country beginning Friday, tour operators have said.

“We have just received news from our travel partners in North Korea that as of tomorrow (24th October 2014) tourists from…

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5 Unbelievable Ocean Mysteries We Still Haven’t Solved

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Mermaids may not exist, but the ocean is still full of mysteries

Those large, beautiful bodies of water are home to an infinite number of strange creatures and bewildering phenomena. The average ocean depth is 14,000 feet deep — that leaves a lot of room for the mysterious, the mythical and everything in between.

“The ocean is 95% unexplored, unknown, unseen by human eyes,” Fred Gorell, the head of public affairs at the National Oceanic…

New Mummy Scans Suggest Misdiagnosis of Pharaohs

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The royalty of ancient Egypt suffered from an age-related back disorder, according to a new body scan of the mummies of pharaohs.

The new research clears up a long-standing mummy misdiagnosis, which held that some rulers who lived between about 1492 B.C. and 1153 B.C. had a painful inflammatory disorder called ankylosing spondylitis. This disease would have fused their vertebrae together starting from an early age.

“We are now questioning the reality that ankylosing spondylitis is actually…

Nepal’s Kumaris Transition From Living Goddesses to Typical Teens

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The word Kumari literally means “virgin” in Nepali. These living goddesses are young, pre-pubescent girls who are considered to be incarnations of the Hindu goddess of power, Kali. They live a sheltered life until they reach puberty, and are worshipped in Nepal by both Hindus and Buddhists.

In October 2010, at age 9, Samita Bajracharya became Kumari of Patan. Photographer Narendra Shrestha followed Samita’s time as Kumari…

Canada Prime Minister: Shooting Rampage in Ottawa Was Terrorism

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria.

“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed in a nationally televised address hours after a masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Ottawa’s war memorial shortly before 10…

Makers of Dallas Buyers Club Are Hunting for Illegal Pirates in Australia

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SYDNEY — It’s the story of a user operating at the mercy of a broken system, so with a lack of options they see breaking the law as the only course of action.

Nope, we’re not talking about the plot of Dallas Buyers Club

Australians are some of the world’s worst perpetrators when it comes to online piracy, contributing 8.4 percent of The Pirate Bay’s total traffic, second only to the U.S

Reasons for this are many,…

Makers of Dallas Buyers Club Are Hunting for Illegal Pirates in Australia

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SYDNEY — It’s the story of a user operating at the mercy of a broken system, so with a lack of options they see breaking the law as the only course of action.

Nope, we’re not talking about the plot of Dallas Buyers Club

Australians are some of the world’s worst perpetrators when it comes to online piracy, contributing 8.4 percent of The Pirate Bay’s total traffic, second only to the U.S

Reasons for this are many,…

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The Ottawa Parliament Shooting: As It Happened

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Wednesday morning in Ottawa, Canada, seemed like the start of any other October morning in the country’s capital: Slightly chilly, a light breeze blew through the air and the sun was trying to peek through the clouds.

Rachael Mounce, a tourist, took a photo of the city’s Parliament building, posting it with the caption, “good morning from Ottawa!” She was due to go on a tour of the building — but ultimately decided against it.

Ebola No Longer Detected in Amber Joy Vinson’s Body, Family Says

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Medical professionals can no longer detect Ebola in the body of Amber Joy Vinson, the second U.S. health care worker to contract the disease, her family said in a statement Wednesday

“Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” her mother, Debra Berry, said. “We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to…