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GEORGETOWN---Officials in the South
American country of Guyana say they
are stepping up efforts to fight the
spread of the chikungunya virus amid
an increase in cases.
Chief Medical Officer Shamdeo Per-
saud said Saturday that the health min-
istry is spraying the capital of George-
town and other populated areas as he
urged people to destroy mosquito-breed-
Guyana has registered more than
1,000 cases, with several clinics reporting
about 60 new cases a day.
Across the Caribbean, the Pan Amer-
ican Health Organization has recorded
nearly 700,000 suspected and confirmed
cases as of Sept. 12. The bulk of those
cases have been reported in the Domini-
The mosquito-borne virus causes
fever and severe joint pain, but is rarely
fatal. There is no vaccine, and it mainly
is treated with pain medication. (AP)
Guyana warns of increase in chikungunya cases
extremists released a video
showing the beheading of
British aid worker David
Haines, who was abducted in
Syria last year, and British
Prime Minister David Cameron
late Saturday condemned his
slaying as "an act of pure evil."
Cameron confirmed Haines'
death in a statement after the
British Foreign Office had said
earlier that it was "working
urgently to verify the video."
Haines is the third Westerner
beheaded in recent weeks by the
Islamic State group, which has
seized vast swaths of territory in
Syria and Iraq.
"This is a despicable and
appalling murder of an innocent
aid worker. It is an act of pure
evil," Cameron said, adding that
"my heart goes out to the family
of David Haines who have shown
extraordinary courage and for-
titude throughout this ordeal."
The video emerged a day after
Haines' family issued a public
plea late Friday urging his captors
to contact them.
The Foreign Office said it was
offering Haines' family "every
Islamic State militants recently
beheaded two American jour-
nalists, James Foley and Steven
Sotloff, and posted the videos
online after the US began launch-
ing airstrikes and humanitarian
missions in August to aid waning
Iraqi and Kurdish security forces
in northern Iraq. The Islamic
State group has also put out
videos showing the beheading
of Kurdish and Lebanese soldiers
and the mass shooting of dozens
of captured Syrian soldiers.
At the end of the video show-
ing the beheading of Sotloff, the
Islamic State group threatened
to kill Haines next and briefly
showed him on camera.
President Barack Obama
issued a statement strongly con-
demning "the barbaric murder"
of Haines by the Islamic State
The United States stands
shoulder to shoulder tonight with
our close friend and ally in grief
and resolve. We will work with
the United Kingdom and a broad
coalition of nations from the
region and around the world to
bring the perpetrators of this out-
rageous act to justice, and to
degrade and destroy this threat
to the people of our countries,
the region and the world," Obama
In the video showing Haines'
slaying, the group threatened to
kill another British captive, Alan
Henning. Both British men were
dressed in orange jumpsuits
against an arid Syrian landscape,
similar to that seen in the Foley
and Sotloff videos.
British officials and Henning's
family initially asked the press
not to publish his name out of
concern for his safety, but that
request was dropped yesterday
The video was entitled A Mes-
sage to the Allies of America.
Haines' killer, who appeared to
be the same masked man speak-
ing with a British accent and
brandishing a knife as in the pre-
vious videos, tells the British gov-
ernment that its alliance with
the US will only "accelerate your
destruction" and will drag the
British people into "another
bloody and unwinnable war."
In the video, according to a
transcript provided by SITE,
Haines says that he holds
Cameron "entirely responsible
for my execution" because Britain
has "voluntarily entered into a
coalition with the United States
against the Islamic state."
British media have reported
that Haines, who is married to
a Croatian woman, was educated
in Perth, Scotland, and spent 11
years serving in the British Royal
Air Force before becoming an
international aid worker. Britain's
Press Association said Haines
had a teenage daughter in Scot-
land from a previous marriage
and a 4-year-old daughter from
his present marriage.
New video shows beheading
of British aid worker
WASHINGTON---The White House will find coun-
tries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic
extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it s too early to
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough
yesterday signaled that the State Department in
coming days will name allies that will pledge ground
troops to fight the Islamic State group, something
the United States does not plan to do.
Meantime, McDonough said, US personnel will
train and equip Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian
rebels to combat the extremist group, also known
as Isis and Isil.
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday
that the United States will ramp up air strikes and
try to build an international coalition to degrade and
eventually destroy the group. The Islamic State group
released a video late Saturday showing a militant
beheading a British aid worker. It was similar to
recent beheadings of two American journalists.
Facing strong public opposition to sending US
troops back into the Middle East, Obama said he
doesn't plan to do so. But he said ground troops of
some form are essential, a point McDonough was
asked about on several talk shows Sunday.
McDonough repeatedly declined to name any
nations willing to provide ground forces, and he was
cautious in suggesting what might develop.
Pressed again on possible pledges of combat troops,
McDonough seemed slightly less hesitant. "You will
hear from Secretary Kerry that countries are saying
that they're ready to do that," he said.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot said Sunday
his nation was preparing to contribute 600 troops
and up to ten military aircraft to the campaign against
the Islamic State group extremists.
For the last week, Kerry has traveled across the
Mideast, to Turkey and finally Paris, to pin down
nations on what kind of support they would give
to a global coalition.
Several Arab countries have offered to join the
United States in air strikes against Islamic State
targets, US officials said on Sunday.
The officials declined to identify which countries
had made the offers but said they were under con-
sideration as the United States begins to identify
roles for each country in its emerging coalition against
jihadists who have declared a caliphate in the heart
of the Middle East.
The addition of Arab fighter jets could strengthen
the credibility of the American-led campaign in a
region skeptical of how far Washington will commit
to a conflict in which nearly every country has a
stake, set against the backdrop of Islam's 1,300-
year-old rift between Sunnis and Shi'ites.
This undated family handout
photo shows British man Alan
Henning (right), currently held
hostage by Islamic State (IS)
and whose life was threatened
in the IS video in which they
beheaded David Haines (top).
British officials have dropped
efforts to prevent the naming
of hostage Alan Henning. In the
video, Henning is shown briefly
on camera and also threatened
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