Meet the American doctor who survived Ebola before it even had a name

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Dr. Thomas Cairns was quite possibly the first non-African Ebola patient — and would become, almost certainly, the first non-African Ebola survivor.

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Commercial jet carrying 116 people vanishes over west Africa

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Aviation authorities reportedly lost contact with an Air Algerie aircraft that had been chartered by Spain’s Swiftair about 50 minutes after takeoff.

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Horrific Ebola outbreak ‘totally out of control’

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever seen and the virus is raging “totally out of control,” Doctors Without Borders said Friday.

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U.S. deploys 80-man force to help find Nigerian girls

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Eighty American service members are on the ground in North Africa to oversee drone operations in the search for the 276 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

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Several arrested for being gay in Nigeria under new law

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South Africa buries Nelson Mandela at ancestral home: ‘A great tree has fallen’

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Speeches, songs and artillery fire rang out across Nelson Mandela’s childhood home on Sunday as South Africa said a final farewell to the man who united the country when it teetered on the edge of bloody conflict.

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Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

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Watch video: Kenya mall attack footage reveals brutality of terror siege

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The gut-wrenching surveillance footage shows dozens of patrons in a foyer as a small team of al-Qaeda linked Somali terrorists storm the complex. The attack left 67 people dead.

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'Mama did you hear that gunshot?' Mom in iconic photo kept little kids still for hours during Kenya mall siege

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A mother and two children who played dead for hours during Kenya’s Westgate mall attack said her family remains haunted by the ordeal.

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Mom of girl in iconic Kenya photo: ‘Regular men’ saved us

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Trapped in a mall in Nairobi with her three young daughters as Islamic terrorists stormed the building, Katherine Walton was able to get to safety thanks to a group of courageous men.

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Kenyan mom rubbed blood on herself, played dead to survive mall attack

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A young Kenyan mother rubbed a boy’s blood on herself and played dead in order to survive the Nairobi mall massacre last week.

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Kenya’s president says 5 suspects dead, 11 in custody after Nairobi mall siege

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Kenya’s president Tuesday said security forces have killed five terrorists and arrested 11 suspects in connection with the horrific siege on a Nairobi shopping mall, bringing to a close four days of chaos and carnage.

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'We're in control of Westgate': Kenyan police retake mall, all hostages believed free

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A bloody three-day attack on an upscale shopping mall in Kenya ended just after midnight on Monday with government officials announcing they were in control and they believe all hostages have been freed.  

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‘Bodies everywhere’: Survivor stories emerge as Kenya mall siege goes on

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Survivors of the ongoing siege at an upscale mall in Kenya are describing moments of confusion and utter terror — including a woman who hid under mattresses in a store and an African journalist who watched a pregnant friend die.

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'Closing in on the attackers': Blasts as Kenyans battle to end hostage siege

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"We will not negotiate with terrorists," a Kenyan military spokesman says as explosions rock the scene of the mall hostage standoff which has left at least 68 dead.

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