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South Africa mourns death
of nat'l soccer team captain

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions from the media about nurse Kaci Hickox's quarantine as Republican
candidate for Connecticut governor Tom Foley, right, listens Monday in Groton, Conn.
U.S. governors, Army go
beyond Ebola guidelines

CDC's suggestions
attempt to create
national standards
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The
federal Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention on Monday
recommended new restrictions
for people at highest risk for
coming down with the virus,
and symptom monitoring for
those at lower risk. But some
state governors and even an
Army commander have gone
beyond that guidance.
As contradictory state poli-
cies proliferate in response to
Ebola fears, the CDC's recom-
mendations mark an effort to
create a national standard, one
that would protect public health
without discouraging people
from helping fight its spread
The CDC now says even if
they have no symptoms and are
not considered contagious, peo-
ple should stay away from com-
mercial transportation or public
gatherings if they have been in
direct contact with the bodily
fluids of someone sick with
Ebola - say by touching their
fluids without protective gear,
or by suffering an injury from a
contaminated needle.
Absent that direct contact,
simply caring for Ebola patients
or traveling in West Africa
doesn't warrant quarantine con-
ditions, the public health agency
But quarantines are deter-
mined state by state in the U.S.,
and the CDC is only empowered
to issue guidelines. And even
within the federal government,

authorities were improvising
Monday: a U.S. Army command-
er in Italy said he and all his
troops returning from Liberia
would remain in isolation for 21
days, even though he feels they
face no risk and show no symp-
A nurse who volunteered
with Doctors Without Borders
in Africa was released after
being forced to spend her week-
end in a tent in New Jersey upon
her return, despite showing no
symptoms other than an elevat-
ed temperature she blamed on
"inhumane" treatment at New-
ark International Airport.
President Barack Obama has
told his Ebola team that any
measures involving health care
workers should be crafted to
avoid unnecessarily discourag-
ing people from responding to
the outbreak.That'salreadyhap-
pening, Doctors Without Bor-
ders said Monday: some medical
workers are reducing their time
in the field to include potential
quarantines afterward.
"The best way to protect us is
to stop the epidemic in Africa,
and we need those health care
workers, so we do not want to
put them in a position where it
makes it very, very uncomfort-
able for then to even volunteer
to go," said Dr. Anthony Fauci,
director of the National Insti-
tute of Allergy and Infectious
But the governors of New
York and New Jersey defended
their quarantine policies as
necessary precautions in deal-
ing with a virus that already
has killed nearly half the over
10,000 people infected this year
in West Africa. Maj. Gen. Darryl

Williams told The Associated
Press that the decision to iso-
late returning troops was taken
to ensure their family members'
comfort, even though none is
showing symptoms, and he does
not believe any soldier under his
command is at risk.
Speaking by telephone from a
U.S. base in Vicenza, Italy, Wil-
liams said he and his soldiers
will be living in isolation under
controlled monitoring during
the three weeks it takes to be
sure Ebola hasn't infected them.
Williams returned to Italy Sun-
day with 10 soldiers with anoth-
er 65 due back in two groups by
It's just "normal concern,"
Williams said. "There was noth-
ing elevated that triggered this
increased posture."
A senior defense official said
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
is expected to review the recom-
mendations on Ebola, but has
made no decision. The official
was not authorized to discuss
the matter publicly so spoke on
condition of anonymity. White
House spokesman Josh Earnest
said the Pentagon's policy on
isolating returning personnel
has not been settled and imple-
mented yet.
Also absent is any uniform
response within the United
States to the increasing number
of people and medical volunteers
returning from Ebola-stricken
countries in Africa.
"The response to Ebola must
not be guided primarily by
panic in countries not overly
affected by the epidemic,"
said Sophie Delaunay, the U.S.
director of Doctors Without

Police launch
manhunt Monday
for murder suspects
- The shooting death of the
beloved captain of South Afri-
ca's national soccer team dur-
ing an apparent house robbery
stunned a country long accus-
tomed to violent crime, and
police launched a manhunt
Monday for the intruders.
Charismatic goalkeeper
Senzo Meyiwa was known
for his athleticism and easy
way with fans, teammates and
coaches, and his slaying deliv-
ered yet another blow to the
national sports scene.
The 27-year-old Meyiwa
was killed about 8 p.m. Sunday
after two gunmen entered the
house of his girlfriend, Kelly
Khumalo, a South African
singer and celebrity, authori-
ties said. He was shot in the
upper body, and the gunmen,
along with an accomplice who
had waited outside the home
in Vosloorus township near
Johannesburg, fled on foot,
according to police.
"Words cannot express the
nation's shock at this loss,"
President Jacob Zuma said in a
statement, leading the national
grief for Meyiwa.
Zuma urged law enforce-
ment authorities to "leave no
stone unturned" in finding
the killers, and police offered
a reward of nearly $23,000 for
information leading to their
arrest and conviction.
South African sports offi-
cials had already expressed
sadness at the saga of Oscar
Pistorius, the double-amputee
Olympic runner who fatally
shot girlfriend Reeva Steen-
kamp last year. Following a
tumultuous and emotional
trial, Pistorius began serving

a five-year prison sentence
Oct. 21 after being convicted
of culpable homicide, or man-
slaughter; prosecutors who had
sought a murder conviction
plan to appeal.
On Friday, former 800-meter
world champion and Olym-
pic silver medalist Mbulaeni
Mulaudzi died in acar crash.
South Africa hosted the
World Cup soccer tourna-
ment in 2010 with relatively
little incident, dispelling visi-
tors' fears amid a decade-long
decline in violent crime. How-
ever, police said last month
that there were 17,000 killings
in the year ending in March,
a 5 percent increase over the
previous year in a country of 53
Crime affects people of all
walks of life in South Africa,
which suffers deep economic
inequality and has struggled
to meet expectations of better
opportunities after the end of
white racist rule in 1994.
On Oct. 19, Jackson Mthem-
bu, a member of parliament
and a former spokesman for
the African National Congress,
was shot during a robbery at an
ATM in the country's east, the
party said. He drove himself to
a nearby hospital for treatment.
Last year, the home of Des-
mond Tutu, the retired Angli-
can archbishop and Nobel
peace laureate, was burgled
while he and his wife slept.
They were not harmed.
Meyiwa was shot at Khum-
alo's home while trying to stop
armed intruders who demand-
ed cellphones and money, said
friend Tumelo Waka Madlala,
who was inside.
"As they were running away,
we tried to stop them and that'
is when they shot him at point
blank range," Madlala told The
Associated Press.
Meyiwa was shot as another
person struggled with one of

the assailants, and as the soc-
cer captain moved toward the
door, said police Maj. Gen.
Norman Taioe, a top detective
working on the case.
"We don't have anything
that would suggest he was the
direct target," Taioe said. "It
was during the struggle that a
shot went off."
Two more shots were fired
outside the house, which has
no gate, he said.
There were seven people in
the house before the intruders
entered, according to police.
No one else was hurt. A cell-
phone was taken.
Gen. Riah Phiyega, the
national police commission-
er, said Meyiwa's killing was
a blow to the "brand" and
"image" of South Africa, add-
ing it was important to show
the world that authorities were
moving aggressively to solve
the case.
"They will be keen to know
what we are doing as police,"
Phiyega said at a news confer-
Meyiwa's father told TV
station eNCA that his son was
providing financial help to his
family, and he wept and had to
be comforted by a journalist.
The goalkeeper was recently
made captain of the South Afri-
can national team, known by
its nickname of Bafana Bafana,
and led it in four African Cup
of Nations qualifiers this year.
He hadn't surrendered a goal
in the four games, keeping the
team on top of its group and on
course to qualify for next year's
continental championship.
He also played for the Sowe-
to-based Orlando Pirates, one
of South Africa's biggest clubs.
Meyiwa put in a strong perfor-
mance in his last game, a 4-1
win over Ajax Cape Town on
Saturday that sent the Pirates
to the semifinals of the Telkom
Knockout cup competition.

Syrian rebels clash with
government troops, 35 die

Rebel factions
launch attacks in
city of Idlib
- Members of the al-Qaida-
linked Nusra Front and other
Syrian rebel factions launched
simultaneous attacks on army
checkpoints, police headquar-
ters, and the governor's office
in northwestern Syria on Mon-
day, triggering hours-long
clashes that left 35 troops and
rebels dead.
The attacks all took place
in the city of Idlib, activists
and state media reported. The
city, which is in Syrian govern-
ment hands, is the local capital
of Idlib province. Monday's
attacks were the most serious
there since Syrian rebels took
control of scores of villages and
towns around it more than two
years ago.
The fighting is separate from
the clashes underway between
Nusra Front's main rebel rivals,
the Islamic State group, and
Syrian Kurdish fighters for
control of the strategic border
town of Kobani, further to the
east and along the border with
The Britain-based Syr-
ian Observatory for Human
Rights said Nusra Front and
other groups shelled Idlib and
simultaneously attacked army
checkpoints there. It said four
Nusra Front members blew
themselves up inside the city,
targeting checkpoints there

and causing casualties among
the troops.
"It was a moral blow to the
regime," said activist Asad
Kanjo, based in the town of
Saraqeb, also in Idlib province.
He added that calm had been
restored in the city.
Syria's pro-government Al-
Ikhbariya TV cited the provin-
cial police chief, who was not
named, as saying the attackers
took advantage of a power cut
before dawn to hit the check-
points and also the governor's
office. He added that troops
repelled the attackers.
"There isn't one gunman in
the city now," said the police
chief. The TV later aired foot-
age from Idlib showing bod-
ies of two purported attackers
with suicide vests.
The Observatory said the
rebels were helped by some
policemen who were protect-
ing the police commend and
the governor's office enter the
two buildings. The buildings
were retaken later by govern-
ment troops.
Another activist in Idlib
province, speaking on con-
dition of anonymity for fear
of reprisals, said most of the
attacks took place on the south-
ern edge of the city, near Mas-
toumeh Hill.
The Observatory said the hill
was captured by rebels, which
prompted Syrian helicopter
gunships to target the site. It
said 15 rebels and 20 soldiers
were killed at the hill.
Syrian state TV said govern-
ment forces repelled the attack

on Idlib and that a "large num-
ber of terrorists" were killed.
The government refers to the
rebels as terrorists.
State TV said the attackers
were led by Abu Waleed al-Libi
who was killed in the battle -
al-Libi is Arabic for "the Liby-
an." The Observatory said that
some of the Nusra Front mem-
bers killed in the fighting were
In the eastern province
of Deir el-Zour a car bomb
exploded near a hospital run
by the Islamic State group
killing four people including
a child and wounding oth-
ers, the Observatory said. The
explosion in the town of May-
adeen caused material dam-
age to the hospital and nearby
Syrian state TV said the blast
in Mayadeen occurred outside
a medical center run by the
Islamic State group. The chan-
nel said there are reports of 20
people killed by the blast.
The state channel and the
Observatory gave no further
The Islamic State group con-
trols wide areas of the oil-rich
Deir el-Zour province, where
some tribesmen rose against
the extremist group but were
quickly crushed.
In Kobani, an Associated
Press journalist on the Turk-
ish side of the border said there
was intense fighting in the
town Monday. Sporadic explo-
sions and occasional cracks of
gunfire could be heard from a


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