More than seven years after an incident that left 14 Iraqi civilians dead and severely strained relations between Baghdad and Washington, a federal jury on Wednesday convicted four former employees of the Blackwater private security firm on murder and manslaughter charges.
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A day after the Obama administration announced travel restrictions from West African nations -- restrictions that federal public-health officials had once said were unnecessary -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that passengers coming from Ebola-stricken countries would be monitored for symptoms for 21 days.
Demanding a bigger role in the Iran nuclear negotiations, key Democrats are beginning to openly criticize the Obama administration for its plans to avoid an immediate vote on a deal aimed at reining in Tehran's nuclear program.
Public-health officials within the Obama administration have repeatedly argued that travel restrictions to or from West African nations would not stop the spread of Ebola in the United States. Apparently, their Homeland Security colleagues disagree, with four new airports now screening passengers from West Africa.
When the first case of Ebola was discovered in Nigeria this summer, Jeffrey Hawkins, the U.S. Consul General in Lagos, said that an outbreak there could become an "apocalyptic urban outbreak. The last thing anyone in the world wants to hear is the two words, 'Ebola' and 'Lagos,' in the same sentence," Hawkins said in July.