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24th of October 2014

Doctor in New York City is sick with Ebola “While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges involved in containing the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis.”

New York Times

23rd of October 2014

Gunman panics Ottawa, killing soldier in rampage "Downtown Ottawa, ordinarily bustling on a workday, was both shut down and traumatized as police officers rushed to secure the Parliament building."

Also: Timeline of events (The Globe and Mail)

22nd of October 2014

Ian MacFarlane pushes for RET to be reduced to 'real' 20 per cent "Under the proposal, all emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries would be exempted from the RET."

The Australian (possible paywall)

21st of October 2014

Joko Widodo's first speech focuses on maritime power "He quoted the motto of the Indonesian navy ‘Jales Veva Jaya Mahe’, which means ‘In the water, we are triumphant’, and said that for too long it had turned its back on the ‘bays and straits and oceans’." (Michael Bachelard)


20th of October 2014

Joko Widodo, 'man of the people', to become Indonesia's president "But before stepping into the role on Monday, Mr Widodo has already been dealt a bruising by the nation's political elite."

ABC News

17th of October 2014

Spectre of renewed crisis polarises Europe “Just when eurozone leaders should be pulling together, there seems to be a widening rift between the European Central Bank and leaders in Germany, which has the region’s largest economy and an outsize influence on the direction of the currency bloc. Simultaneously, a chill has set in between French and German leaders, whose ability to get along has always been indispensable to European crisis management.”

The New York Times

16th of October 2014

David Cameron to discuss Ebola crisis with Barack Obama and EU leaders "The news of the conference call came after Dr Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organisation, [said] the number of new cases was likely to be between 5,000 and 10,000 a week by early December."

The Guardian

15th of October 2014

Liberian Ebola survivors return to help the sick "Six mornings a week, Salome Karwah gets up and goes to work at the Ebola treatment unit where she watched her parents wither and die just three days apart and where she almost died of Ebola as well."

Also: Ebola claimed my auntie - why can't we do more to help? (Fairfax)

Wall Street Journal (possible paywall)

14th of October 2014

Hong Kong police remove barriers and protesters’ encampments "Bankers, builders, engineers and smartly dressed office workers were among the surge of people who gathered deep into Monday night to keep the police from squeezing the student-led protests out."

New York Times

13th of October 2014

A fitting Nobel for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi "Malala Yousafzai, who is seventeen years old, and Kailash Satyarthi, who is sixty, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”"

Also: Malala's response to winning the Nobel Peace Prize

New Yorker