Honestly, there’s not much change this month…
Ebola is still rampant in a few west African countries. The first patient on US soil who traveled from Liberia after lying on his exit questionnaire died shortly after infecting two nurses in a Houston hospital (both of whom are now clear). The CDC has ramped up it’s education and response readiness in case new patients arrive, and the major airports travelers from those countries arrive through are conducting screening for the disease. Some have recommended a 21-day quarantine (incubation period) for anyone arriving from those countries but the White House says it’s unnecessary.
Kobane is a town on the Syrian border with Turkey where ISIL fighters have been held back with US assistance (primarily airstrikes). Recently Turkey allowed Kurdish fighters from it’s country to cross the border to assist. Kurdish Peshmerga troops from Iraq just recently joined the fight and bring much needed artillery.
Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine are voting as if they are independent. Ukraine says it’s an invalid election but Russia claims it will honor the results. In recently annexed Crimea there are worries in communities that many who didn’t want to join Russia are now either exiled or disappearing. NATO says there have been more than 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014 to date, about three times the number in 2013.
Two commercial rockets crashed this week… one was unmanned intended to resupply the international space station which exploded just after launch. The other included a fatality and injury when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two crashed during testing.
Some companies are now offering an additional health benefit to women to freeze their eggs so they can delay starting families.
ISIL is still conducting mass killings in Iraq, over 300 were supposedly dumped in a well from just one tribe.
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