World Health Organization: Number of people believed to have Ebola tops 10,000

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DAKAR, Senegal – The World Health Organization says the number of people believed sickened by Ebola has risen above 10,000.

The U.N. health agency said Saturday that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those, 4,922 people have died.

WHO has said repeatedly that even those very high figures are likely an underestimate as many people in the hardest hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease. It has particularly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but there have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States. Mali recorded its first case of Ebola Thursday.

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Omnibus budget bill restricts refugee access to social assistance

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OTTAWA – Buried in the Harper government’s latest massive, omnibus budget bill is legislation that could restrict the ability of refugee claimants to access social assistance.

The move follows the government’s decision to limit refugee claimants’ access to universal, public health care.

That measure was struck down by Federal Court Judge Anne Mactavish, who said it constitutes “cruel and unusual” treatment, puts lives at risk and “outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

The government is currently appealing that ruling.

On social assistance, the government has essentially adopted as its own a private member’s bill introduced last month by Conservative backbencher Corneliu Chisu.

It is proposing to amend the legislation governing federal transfer payments to provinces for social programs. That legislation currently forbids provinces from imposing a minimum residency requirement before a refugee claimant can become eligible for social assistance.

The budget implementation bill would lift the prohibition on minimum residency, which…

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Egypt’s president: Foreign hands behind attack that killed 30 troops in Sinai

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CAIRO – Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says a deadly assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a “foreign-funded operation.”

Roaring in front of cameras on Saturday, el-Sissi said there are foreign powers that want to “break the back of Egypt,” without elaborating. He vowed to take drastic measures to uproot the militants and said Egypt is engaged in an “extensive war” that will last a long time.

READ MORE: Egypt declares a state of emergency in Northern Sinai; 30 killed

“There is a big conspiracy against us,” he said while standing with army commanders ahead of a military funeral for the slain soldiers and officers.

Egypt declared a state of emergency and imposed a three-hour curfew in the restive northern part of the peninsula after Friday’s assault. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Did you know: These 5 species could one day disappear from across Canada

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TORONTO – On Sept. 1, around 1 p.m., Martha, the last of her kind, died.

Martha was the last confirmed passenger pigeon. She died at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden and was later donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

READ MORE: The great disappearance of the passenger pigeon – and a comeback?

It is believed that at one time, the passenger pigeon was prolific across what is now North America, with three to five billion of them in the wild.

Extinct Passenger Pigeon. Extinct Passenger Pigeon.

As the United States and Canada were settled, the birds lost their nesting grounds and food sources. They turned to farmers’ fields and were considered a pest and killed. Then hunters began to kill them and sell them as meat in markets. By the mid 1800s, their numbers were falling dramatically.

And now, they are no more.

It would seem that humanity would learn from past mistakes, but life continues…

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WATCH: ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher jokes about Ottawa attacks

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ABOVE: Watch Bill Maher talk about the Ottawa attacks during his monologue on the Oct. 24 episode of Real Time.

TORONTO — Comedian Bill Maher joked Friday about a Canadian tragedy and also managed to poke fun at a Canadian politician battling cancer and a Canadian pop star.

The studio audience roared with laughter when, during his monologue on Real Time, Maher declared: “Terror has a new face, much like Renée Zellweger. It’s Canadian terrorism.”

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau went on a rampage Wednesday in Ottawa, killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial and then storming the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. Bibeau was shot dead by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.

Maher explained “there was an attack on the Canadian parliament” and then — referencing his heated debate about Islamic stereotypes with actor Ben Affleck on a recent episode of Real Time — told the audience: “The shooter, we…

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