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Doctors: CDC's New Ebola Tracking Plan Is Political Theater

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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.

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In Fight to Stop Ebola, Nigeria Got Right Everything America Got Wrong

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.

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Russia Turns on Ukraine's Gas Spigot. For Now.

Earlier this month, Andriy Kobolyev, board chairman of Ukraine's Naftogaz, the country's largest natural gas firm, told Foreign Policy's Keith Johnson that Russia's Gazprom had "destroyed its image as a reliable gas supplier." In just two weeks, Gazprom's reputation has quickly improved.

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