National briefs: U.S. Ebola patients better

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ATLANTA — The American doctor who contracted Ebola while helping treat victims of a deadly outbreak that has claimed more than 1,000 lives in West Africa says his condition is improving, according to a statement issued Friday.

Kent Brantly, who contracted the virus last month while treating patients in Liberia as part of an aid mission with the charity Samaritan’s Purse, has been recovering steadily after he was flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment.

Dr. Brantly and fellow volunteer Nancy Writebol are being treated at Emory after they contracted the virus in Monrovia. They are the first Ebola patients to be treated on American soil.

Ms. Writebol’s condition has also been steadily improving, according to a statement issued by Service in Mission, the charity Ms. Writebol was working with.

Child wrongly detained

TUCSON, Ariz. — An 11-year-old boy — one of hundreds who have been shuttled to an immigration detention facility in the middle of the New Mexican desert — was released this week after it was discovered that he is a U.S. citizen, according to the child’s attorney.

The boy spent more than a month at the detention center in Artesia, N.M., before an immigration attorney who happened to be visiting the facility discovered his status last week. The child, whose father is a U.S. citizen, had migrated from Central America with his mother before both were detained.

Amish girls found safe

RICHVILLE, N.Y. — Two young Amish girls who were abducted near their family home in upstate New York near the Canadian border were found unharmed Thursday night, and police are now trying to determine who kidnapped them and why.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said that Fannie Miller, 12, and Delia Miller, 6, were dropped off by their kidnappers outside a home in Richville around 8 p.m. Thursday, nearly 20 miles from the highway in Heulevton where they were kidnapped late Wednesday night.

The girls, who were both in good health, walked up to a stranger’s door, Ms. Rain said. The person who answered the door recognized the girls, still dressed in traditional Amish clothes, from news accounts and called police.

Al Gore sues Al-Jazeera

Former Vice President Al Gore has sued Al-Jazeera America, claiming the satellite TV service owned by the Qatari royal family has withheld $65 million of the proceeds from the sale of cable channel Current TV.

Mr. Gore and his business partner, Joel Hyatt, founded Current Media a decade ago as a youth-oriented news and pop culture channel. It struggled for traction and in early 2013, the partners sold the channel to Al-Jazeera America Holdings for $500 million. The channel was rebranded as news service Al-Jazeera America.

Guantanamo letter

GUANTANAMO NAVY BASE, Cuba — Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the man who once bragged that he ran the Sept. 11 terror attacks “from A to Z,” has written President Barack Obama about his views on the situation in Gaza and other current events.

But the military has yet to say if and how it will ever reach the White House.

In the letter, Mohammed denounced what he sees as the oppression of Muslims at the hands of the West.

Mohammed’s defense attorney, David Nevin, disclosed the existence of the letter at a news conference Thursday.


-- Compiled from news services


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