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Today we're following the news that Ebola has officially spread to Senegal, Putin's latest comments on Ukraine, and an intriguing new theory on that much-seen elevator spat between Beyoncé's sister and her husband that comes straight from her dad.
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It’s official: Ebola is still spreading. Senegal has confirmed its first case of the disease that’s ravaged West Africa killing more than 1,500. The news comes only a day after World Health Organization officials announced that they expect to see perhaps as many as 20,000 cases before the current outbreak is quelled, which is nearly seven times as many as we’ve seen so far. Meanwhile, back in the United States, universities and colleges have begun to screen students coming from that region of the world as a precaution to help prevent the disease from spreading back home.
President Obama may not yet have a strategy for dealing with ISIS, but their assault in Iraq and Syria is definitely moving forward. Iraqi officials announced Friday that the militants killed four Iraqi soldiers in a skirmish south of Baghdad, but militants saw even greater losses and were forced to retreat. Images released yesterday proved that Syrian troops suffered far greater losses at the hands of the Islamic State group, which killed more than 160 Syrian government troops, another sign the group is intent on targeting Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.
A day after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russians of driving tanks and firing rockets into Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has yet to formally address the issue, but he is talking about Ukraine. Putin called on pro-Russian separists to release Ukrainian soldiers. "I'm calling on insurgents to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian troops who were surrounded in order to avoid senseless deaths," Putin said in a statement Friday. Meanwhile, pro-Russia separatists now control a strategic coastal town where Russian tanks came barreling in just yesterday, and Ukraine is trying to join NATO in order to get protection help from the Western military alliance.
It’s been nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, destroying much of the region. The good news? Much of the area has rebuilt in the near-decade that's passed since, if not quite all of it. To commemorate the anniversary of the storm, we've collected some of the most harrowing images of the destruction.
Did Jay Z and Beyonce dupe us all? That’s what the singer’s father alleges. Mathew Knowles, who used to manage his highly successful daughter's career, says he thinks the leaked elevator footage that showed Bey’s sister Solange and husband Jay Z's infamous squabble was merely a "Jedi mind trick" designed to "ignite" buzz for the upcoming tour. “All I know is: everyone is talking about it. Ticket sales went up, Solange’s album sales went up 200%," Knowles told The Roula and Ryan Show on 104.1 KRBE. What's your take? Do you think he's reading this one right?
And in the buzzier news of the day... Brit's single again. The singer has split from boyfriend David Lucado (seen here together at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in March) after video surfaced of him cheating on her.