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Two medical staff members carry a patient. Courtesy of ABC News
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Ebola dies down, total eradication still far

The unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that began in late 2013 has been limited to only a few cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but has seen a recent spike in Guinea. The three West African countries were the most affected by the outbreak and are working to eliminate the last Ebola cases.

Violence continues in Ukraine despite ceasefire agreement

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists continues in some areas of Ukraine, despite a ceasefire agreement reached in February.

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Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe

Hate crimes against racial and political minorities have sharply increased in many western European countries, a sentiment that demonstrates Europe's political shift to more conservative values.

Yemen has become a new wild card in the Middle East

Of all the war-torn countries in the Middle East, Yemen is one that generally slips through the cracks of mainstream media coverage. This January, the Yemeni government was ousted.

Saudi Arabia handles King Abdullah's death smoothly

Abdullah assumed the role as absolute monarch of Saudi Arabia after his brother, King Fahd, died in 2005. His leadership was a battle between tradition and encroaching liberalism.

Human Rights Watch, November 2014 Women's Rights

This month's roundup of human rights issues focuses on developments in women's rights worldwide.

Planned renewal of inter-Korean high-level talks in jeopardy

Resumption of cross border communication in Korea appeared to be in jeopardy on Monday when Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, refused to confirm North Korea's participation.
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Partisan bickering masks success of Obamacare

Republicans must stop spreading myths and enforcing a negative attitude towards Obamacare, so that every American can be insured.

The changing of the bells

The Board of Education (BOE) will soon vote on the bell time schedule. After the dismissal of the first recommendation to implement later high school start times because of the cost (roughly 21 million dollars), MCPS released several new options on Jan. 6. On Feb. 10, the BOE will vote on these new plans.

Starr to end term as superintendent early

The decision, which followed a report that a majority of the school board did not support the renewal of Starr's contract has sparked controversy across Montgomery County, primarily due to lack of explanations from the Board of Education.