Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kobane is the Trend in Sweden - Islamic State fighters 'widen Kurdish town attack'

This is the hot news taken from BBC

Fighting between Islamic State (IS) militants and Syrian Kurds is reported to have spread to a southern district of the town of Kobane on the Turkish border, as US-led air strikes continue.
But fighting in the town was less intense than on Monday, when IS took control of three districts in the east.
Witnesses report several loud explosions and plumes of smoke from coalition air strikes.
More than 160,000 Syrians, mainly Kurds, have fled Kobane recently.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the town was on the verge of falling and "co-operation" on a ground offensive was necessary.
If IS captures Kobane, its jihadists will control a long stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border.
In the latest clashes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) activist group said IS had crossed into a southern district of Kobane, taking over many buildings.
However, the group said heavy fighting had forced IS to pull back in eastern districts. It also suggested many IS fighters had been killed in an ambush by Syrian Kurdish fighters.
At least 400 people have been killed in three weeks of fighting for Kobane, according to the SOHR's latest estimate.

A Kurdish official in Kobane, Idriss Nassan, told AFP news agency there were "lots of clashes" on Monday night and Kurdish fighters had halted the IS advance in the east of the town.
He also repeated the Syrian Kurds' appeal for the West to supply weapons, and called for coalition aircraft to "strike more effectively". Mr Nassan said the Kurds had not yet received "any suitable answer".
On Monday, IS took control of Mistenur, the strategic hill above Kobane after heavy shelling.
There was constant gunfire and a steady stream of Turkish ambulances racing to and from the border, with many wounded people being treated in hospitals close to the frontier.
A humanitarian mission to evacuate the few thousand civilians left in Kobane continued on Tuesday.

Karwan Zebari, a representative of the Kurdish regional government in the US, is among those urging Turkey to take action.
"If this continues, if there's no international aid, military aid arriving for the residents of Kobane and these Kurdish fighters that are fighting in Kobane, it could fall into the hands of IS," he told the BBC.
In Turkey, Kurds angered at the government's reluctance to intervene clashed with police overnight in several cities, including Istanbul.
Turkish Kurds and refugees have been involved in confrontations with Turkish security forces on the border for the past two days.
Last week, Turkey pledged to prevent Kobane from falling to the militants and its parliament authorised military operations against militants in Iraq and Syria.

Turkey - a regional superpower with significant troops and armour in the area - seems extremely reluctant to intervene despite a government pledge to do whatever it takes to prevent the Kurdish town of Kobane from falling.
It wants the US-led coalition to agree on a number of things first, including setting up a no-fly zone and a buffer zone in northern Syria and, crucially, a renewed focus on getting rid of President Assad - which remains Turkey's principal objective.
Add to that the very bad blood that has existed for decades between Turkey and its own Kurdish population.
Turkey fought a bloody war against the Turkish guerrilla group, the PKK, that helps to explain why Ankara remains deeply reluctant to get engaged.

Ebola is the trend in italy since Spanish nurse’s Ebola infection blamed on substandard equipment

This is a hot news of Ebola, the news was taken from theguardian:

Health professionals in Madrid have blamed substandard equipment and a failure to follow protocol for the first case of Ebola to be contracted outside west Africa.
Health authorities announced on Monday that a Spanish nurse at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital who treated a patient repatriated from Sierra Leone had twice tested positive for Ebola.
Her husband had also been admitted to hospital and was in isolation, and a second nurse from the same team that treated both repatriated Ebola victims was also being tested. In this case, the nurse contacted the authorities on Monday complaining of a fever. She was in isolation in the Carlos III Hospital while authorities waited for the test results, a spokesperson for the Madrid regional government said.
Staff at the hospital told El País that the protective suits they were given did not meet World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, which specify that suits must be impermeable and include breathing apparatus. Staff also pointed to latex gloves secured with adhesive tape as an example of how the suits were not impermeable and noted that they did not have their own breathing equipment.
The nurse was part of a team attending to missionary Manuel García Viejo, 69, who died four days after being brought to Carlos III hospital on 20 September. The same team, including the nurse, also treated missionary Miguel Pajares, 75, who was repatriated from Liberia in August and died five days later.
Staff at the hospital said waste from the rooms of both patients was carried out in the same elevator used by all personnel and, in the case of the second patient, the hospital was not evacuated.
The European commission said on Tuesday it had written to the Spanish health minister “to obtain some clarification” on how the nurse had become infected when all EU member states were supposed to have taken measures to prevent transmission.
“There is obviously a problem somewhere,” the commission spokesman Frédéric Vincent said.
Spanish health authorities have said that professionals treating Ebola patients in Spain always follow WHO protocols. The nurse would have entered García Viejo’s room just twice, said Antonio Alemany, from the regional government of Madrid, both times wearing protective equipment.
“We don’t know yet what failed,” Alemany said. “We are investigating the mechanism of infection.”
The nurse was in a stable condition. She had alerted the ministry of a slight fever on 30 September and been checked into a hospital in Alcorcón, on the outskirts of Madrid, with a high fever on Monday.
The nurse, who is married with no children, was transferred to Carlos III hospital early on Tuesday morning.
El Mundo reported that it was the nurse who asked to be tested for Ebola, having to insist repeatedly on being tested before it was done on Monday.
While staff at the Alcorcón hospital were waiting for the test results, the nurse remained in a bed in the emergency room, separated only by curtains from other patients, hospital staff told El Mundo. Their version of events clashes with that of health authorities, who have said the patient was isolated from the first moment.
The woman was on holiday at an unknown location when she began showing symptoms. “We are drawing up a list of all the people she may have been in contact with, including with health professionals at the Alcorcón hospital,” said Alemany, estimating that more than 30 people were being monitored for any sign of symptoms.
In August, Spain became the first European country in the current, fast-spreading outbreak to evacuate patients for treatment. The decision prompted concern among health professionals, who said Spanish hospitals were not adequately equipped to handle Ebola.