Doctors in West Africa are having a tough time battling Ebola since they're lacking the most basic supplies — like gloves and masks. Dr. Roseda Marshall, the chair of pediatrics at the University of Liberia's Dogliotti College of Medicine, says the world is wasting time while the epidemic spreads.
US officials launched an air attack on ISIS rebels in Syria this week, making the war-torn Middle East country the seventh state — at least — to see US airstrike since 2011. Meanwhile, an African nation torn by Ebola is agreeing to halt logging in exchange for development aid. And in Iraq, the nation's Kurdish minority is looking at what it has achieved — with high hopes for its future.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is slowing in some areas, but the crisis is far from over. And the virus' grip on the medical system in countries like Liberia means that people with other diseases or injuries often go without medical help.
A journalist in Liberia has gone into hiding after receiving threats related to a story she wrote on female circumcision. Female genital mutilation has received a lot of attention in the Western media; in Liberia remains extremely sensitive.
Syria's use of chemical weapons contravenes many international laws, meaning its leaders could be subject to international criminal prosecution. But for that to work, one author says, it must be done in coordination with other measures, including diplomacy and military strikes.
Scientists are still trying to figure out when and how the Ebola virus first emerged in humans. Many believe that fruit bats are the so-called “reservoir hosts,” but that remains to be definitively proven. Science writer David Quammen ventured deep into the forest of central Africa to try to find out for his latest book “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus.”
Thousands of people sit in Liberian jails for years, awaiting trial. Now there's a program aimed at fast-tracking these cases and getting people out of pre-trial detention. Jess Engebreston sits in on one of the proceedings.