Dr Jeremy Farrar says there has been a step change in urgency from the rich world. Photograph: Eric Gay/AP
Dr Jeremy Farrar of Wellcome Trust says international community is belatedly taking actions necessary to stem tide of disease
The Ebola epidemic in west Africa may have reached a turning point, according to the director of the Wellcome Trust, which is funding an unprecedented series of fast-tracked trials of vaccines and drugs against the disease.
Syrian army helicopter in a file photograph. Regime forces are accused of bombing a refugee camp. Photograph: Reuters
US state department says it is horrified by reports of bombing of Abedin camp
Palestinians with the Palestinian flag in the Gaza Strip. Sweden joins seven EU members in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean in recognising the Palestinian state. Photograph: Abed Rahim Khatib/NurPhoto/Corbis
Sweden becomes first EU member in western Europe to make controversial move, saying ‘we hope this will show the way for others’
Sweden has officially recognised the state of Palestine, Stockholm’s foreign minister said, less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the controversial move.
“Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine,” foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper on Thursday.
“It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians’ right to self-determination,” she said, adding that “we hope that this will show the way for others”…………………
A restraint chair used to force-feed detainees on hunger strike. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Progressive representatives Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison send letter to President Obama calling secrecy ‘untenable’ and saying ‘no justification has been provided’
Congressional progressives are calling on President Barack Obama to allow them to view secret videotapes depicting graphic forced tube feedings for Guantánamo Bay detainees.
In a letter to be sent to the White House on Thursday, the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus request the administration provide legislators with videotapes showing the force-feedings of detainees Abu Wa’el Dhiab and Imad Abdullah Hassan, which they call “contrary to American laws or values”…………..
What kind of person needs to add a permanent record of their visit to this view? Photograph: Hemis /Alamy
Yosemite National Park is a sacred place for me: it is where I fell in love with the outdoors. Its towering granite walls, high meadows, deep canyons and sharp mountain summits drew me into nature in a way I had never experienced.
My story isn’t unique. Famous conservationists and artists such as John Muir and Ansel Adams were deeply inspired by this land. My love story can be told by so many other people about so many other special locations in our country – the expansive spaces of Death Valley, the deep blue colors of Crater Lake, the dark narrow canyons of Zion. Thanks to the Wilderness Act and the National Park Service preserving these spaces for future generations, none of us will be the last to tell these stories.
That is why I was so angry when I first stumbled across the photo of the “creepytings” graffiti along the Vernal Falls trail in Yosemite: it felt like a personal insult.
She might as well have done it on the front door of my house or the altar of my church or, really, on everyone’s front doors, because that place isn’t just mine – it belongs to everyone……………………
A UN official has warned that Israel’s plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state.
UN political chief tells Security Council that Israeli plans to build new homes in Jerusalem could ignite more violence.
Obama has been under intense pressure to implement a travel ban on flights from West Africa [Reuters]
Members of the west African community in New York say their children were being bullied at school and their businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola, a disease that has has killed about 5,000 people in west Africa.