In US, Ebola fears rise but most confident in response

After two health care workers in Texas were infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient, a poll Tuesday showed a rattled US public that nevertheless stayed confident in the government`s response.

Oscar Pistorius starts five-year jail term for killing lover

Star athlete Oscar Pistorius is spending his first night in jail Tuesday as he starts serving a five-year sentence behind the towering walls of a grim South African prison after a sensational trial for killing his girlfriend.

 UN torture investigator wants to visit Guantanamo

The United Nations` investigator on torture said Tuesday he had asked the US military to allow him to interview inmates as a condition for a visit to the Guantanamo prison.

 Israeli minister airs Iran nuclear concerns at Pentagon

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Tuesday he shared with his US counterpart his country`s concerns about the direction of talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme.

 Kobane Kurds weather Islamic State assault as they await reinforcements

Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane awaited reinforcements today after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists.

 Canada fears new Islamist threat after soldier killed

Canada was faced with the specter of Islamist violence on Tuesday after an attack by a suspected jihadist killed a soldier, a day before Ottawa deployed warplanes to bomb Islamic State militants.

 Libya government calls for civil disobedience in Tripoli

The internationally recognised Libyan government called today for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces retake the capital from militias who seized it.

 Israel police plan new unit to fight Jerusalem unrest

Israel`s top police officer on Tuesday pledged a new task force to combat Jerusalem unrest, after Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment taken over by Jewish settlers.

 Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled sweeping new security laws branded as repressive by critics, saying those in possession of banned objects at protests would face up to four years in jail.

WHO pools experimental Ebola vaccines as experts scramble to beat virus

A batch of experimental Ebola vaccine was today set to arrive in Switzerland from Canada, as researchers scramble to beat the deadly disease which has west Africa in its grip.