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For the last two years, writer and photographer Tommy Trenchard has been documenting life in Sierra Leone -- one of the three West African countries hardest hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak. Trenchard shared with us his photos documenting the outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and also provided some insights into what it's like to live in these countries right now.
HuffPost: How did you end up in Sierra Leone?
Trenchard: I'm a writer and photographer, and I traveled before through Sierra Leone just by chance. It's a beautiful country, and it really struck me. I've been living there for the past two years now.
You've been living in Sierra Leone since before the Ebola outbreak began. How different is life there now? Click read more to see the empty streets.
Nigeria, Senegal are halting its spread, the World Health Organization said, although the overall death toll rose.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, already ghastly, could get worse by orders of magnitude, killing hundreds of thousands of people and embedding itself in the human population for years to come, according to two worst-case scenarios from scientists studying the historic outbreak.
The virus could potentially infect 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January, according to a statistical forecast by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Tuesday. That number came just hours after a report in the New England Journal of Medicine warned that the epidemic might never be fully controlled and that the virus could become endemic, crippling civic life in the affected countries and presenting an ongoing threat of spreading elsewhere.
These dire scenarios from highly respected medical sources were framed, however, by optimism from U.S. officials that an accelerated response can and will contain the outbreak in the weeks and months ahead.
The following is based on translations from Chinese media:
So far there has been no news about Chinese nuclear submarine cruising near the US. There has been official confirmation from China that a Chinese nuclear submarine operated in the Indian Ocean for a short period of time.
US nuclear submarine commander Benjamin Person (transliteration from Chinese) recently laughed at China, saying that Chinese nuclear submarines had never been active near the United States. He is happy that his nuclear submarine has been active in the seas near China for a long time.
This qianzhan.com article comments on Person’s words, saying that China obviously lags behind the US, but it has been making great efforts to catch up. China has established a coastal anti-submarine network and improved and upgraded the equipment of its anti-submarine aircraft and warships.
By Scott Malone (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.
The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon, located in the eastern Philippines, is possible within weeks.
Over the past few years, there's been an influx of Chinese money into the U.S., increasing from about $58 million in 2000 to $14 billion in 2013.
The Chinese are interested in acquiring everything American, from companies to commercial and residential real estate. Their motivation is straightforward: They feel their assets are much better protected in the United States. Just this week, Beijing-based studio Huayi Brothers Media Corp. said it planned to spend $130 million in the U.S. to create a subsidiary to distribute movies and TV shows.