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September 02nd, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Ebola is “out of control.” The director of the US Centers for Disease Control said the Ebola epidemic is “out of control” and “going to get worse in the very near future.” In Liberia, healthcare workers have gone on strike over unpaid wages, and there are food shortages in infected regions, the UN said. All eyes are on GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental vaccine, which begins human trials this week.

September 02nd, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Home Depot is investigating a possible credit-card breach. The US home-improvements store is looking into signs that hackers may have stolen a large batch of credit- and debit-card data, according to security journalist Brian Krebs. The case appears similar to—but possibly even bigger than—the massive security breach that the retailer Target suffered last year (and from which it is still recovering).

September 02nd, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Boko Haram extends its caliphate. Nigeria’s Islamist insurgents have reportedly seized the northeastern town of Bama, killing “scores” of residents and driving out thousands. Last month Boko Haram captured another town, Gwoza, and declared it part of the Islamic caliphate. The capture of Bama, if confirmed, brings the group closer to the regional capital, Maiduguri.

September 02nd, 2014 | 4:10 PM
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September 02nd, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Radioactive boars are on the loose in Germany. Bad news for sausage lovers: More than a third of wild boars in Saxony have unacceptable levels of cesium-137. Scientists believe the root of the problem is radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which has blown westwards as far as France, and accumulated in mushrooms and truffles that the boars like to eat.

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