IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries

A health worker sprays a colleague's boots with chlorine disinfectant in MonroviaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. "The outlook for the Ebola-hit countries has worsened, with large financing needs likely for 2015," IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters, referring to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He said the Fund was still assessing what that would mean for its response. ...

Bodies of 48 Sunni tribal fighters found in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official says authorities have found the bodies of 48 Sunni tribesmen killed by the Islamic State group in the restive western province of Anbar.
Wall Street unimpressed by strong US growth numbers

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, October 14, 2014. Wall Street investors sold off shares on October 30 following a stronger-than-expected report on US economic growth in the third quarterWall Street shares headed mostly lower in early trade Thursday even as the US economy turned in a much stronger than expected performance in the third quarter. It took an 8.2 percent surge in Visa shares, driven by its strong quarterly earnings report, to hold the Dow Jones Industrial Average in positive territory. About an hour into trade, the Dow was up 93.55 points (0.55 percent) at 17,067.86. Credit card giant Visa propped up the blue-chip index on the back of a nine percent gain in fiscal fourth-quarter revenues to $3.23 billion and a 17 percent rise in earnings per share, to $2.18, both handily beating forecasts.

US voters deciding on billions for conservation

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, a rackoon rests on a tree at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla. Voters from Rhode Island to California this Election Day will decide whether billions of dollars should be set aside for parks and preservation, leading some environmentalists to highlight 2014 as one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June, an international rights group said on Thursday.

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