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Eight national holidays for 2015 – one fewer than this year

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Rajoy fears ‘little can be done’ to stop a non-binding referendum on Catalunya’s independence

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Obama commends New Yorkers for calm reaction to Ebola threat

By Jonathan Allen By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on “facts, not fear.” Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal guidelines. Continue reading

Rome protesters target plans to make firing easier

ROME (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters have rallied in Rome to protest Premier Matteo Renzi’s plan to make it easier to fire workers. Two noisy marches crisscrossed the heart of the Italian capital Saturday, snarling traffic for hours. Protesters cheered CGIL labor confederation head Susanna Camusso when she promised more protests and strikes unless Renzi abandons efforts to give employers considerably more leeway to fire workers Continue reading

Egypt leader: ‘Foreign hands’ behind Sinai attack

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and MAAMOUN YOUSSEF CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a “foreign-funded operation” and vowed to take drastic action against militants. In thundering remarks delivered before cameras ahead of a military funeral for the slain troops, el-Sissi said there are foreign powers that want to “break the back of Egypt,” without elaborating. He vowed to take drastic measures to uproot the militants and said Egypt is engaged in an “extensive war” that will last a long time. Continue reading

Roberts scarcely mentions long ag record in Kansas

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press LIBERAL, Kan. Continue reading

Serena Williams beats Wozniacki to reach WTA final

By CHRIS LINES, AP Sports Writer SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams will get a chance to avenge a humiliating loss against Simona Halep after they both advanced to the championship match of the season-ending WTA Finals with victories in contrasting style on Saturday. Continue reading

Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science — not fear — as it responds to Ebola. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he was proud to give Texas nurse Nina Pham a hug in the Oval Office after she was cured of Ebola. Continue reading

Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder

By JAKE PEARSON, DAVID B. CARUSO and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn’t know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him Continue reading

WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

By SARAH DiLORENZO DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. Continue reading