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DUBAI---Iran has released the wife
of a Washington Post reporter after
arresting the two journalists in July,
her newspaper said yesterday. The
National newspaper said Yeganeh
Salehi, 30, was released on bail,
while her husband, Washington
Post correspondent Jason Rezaian,
38, remains in detention.
The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper
cited Ali Rezaian, Jason s brother, as
saying the reporter was freed on
bail late last week.
It quoted him as saying the two
were "physically healthy" and that
Salehi had been allowed to visit her
husband recently. Jason Rezaian has
American and Iranian citizenship.
The two were detained along
with two other journalists on July
22. The two other reporters were
later freed. Iranian officials have
not said why the four were de-
tained. Officials were not available
for comment on the reported re-
lease, and state media did not re-
port on it.
Ali Rezaian said neither Salehi
nor her family in Tehran would be
speaking to the press and asked that
their privacy be respected, accord-
ing to the newspaper. (AP)
Iran frees wife of jailed journalist
MADRID---In what is the first
reported incident of Ebola transmis-
sion outside Africa, a Spanish nurse
who treated a missionary for the dis-
ease at a Madrid hospital tested pos-
itive for the disease, Spain s health
minister said yesterday.
The female nurse was part of the
medical team that treated a 69-year-
old Spanish priest who died in a hos-
pital last month after being flown back
from Sierra Leone, where he was post-
ed, Health Minister Ana Mato said.
The woman went to the Alcorcon
hospital in the Madrid suburbs with
a fever and was placed in isolation.
Mato said the infection was confirmed
by two tests and that the nurse was
admitted to a hospital on Sunday.
The woman s only symptom was a
fever, Antonio Alemany, Madrid direc-
tor of primary health care, told a news
conference. Alemany said authorities
are drawing up a list of people the
nurse had contact with.
The Spanish priest the nurse helped
treat was Manuel Garcia Viejo, who
died September 25, becoming the sec-
ond Spanish missionary to fall victim
to the deadly virus. In August, a 75-
year-old Spanish priest, Miguel
Pajares, was flown back to Spain from
Liberia, but died after being treated
with the experimental Ebola medicine
World Health Organisation officials
couldn t immediately be reached after
office hours to comment on the case.
Meanwhile, a North Carolina drug-
maker is providing its experimental
antiviral drug to a Dallas patient being
treated for Ebola, an emergency step
authorised by the Food and Drug
Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian
Hospital said yesterday that their
patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, is in
stable condition and being treated with
brincidofovir, an oral medicine devel-
oped by Chimerix Inc.
The Durham, North Carolina-based
drugmaker said earlier that physicians
sought FDA permission to use the com-
pany s drug, which is in late-stage test-
ing for several other types of viruses.
The FDA grants emergency access
to unapproved drugs on a case-by-
case basis, usually when a patient faces
a life-threatening condition for which
there are no alternatives. The agency
has not approved any drugs or vaccines
to safely and effectively treat Ebola.
Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola
in Dallas last Tuesday after recently
arriving from Liberia.
Brincidofovir is an antiviral drug
being tested against several common
viruses, including one that infects
patients undergoing bone marrow
transplants. Chimerix is also developing
the drug as a treatment against small-
pox. Laboratory tests suggested it may
also work against Ebola.
The virus that causes Ebola spreads
only through direct contact with the
bodily fluids of an infected person who
is showing symptoms.
In West Africa, the disease has spread
quickly to family members who cared
for the sick or handled their bodies
The World Health Organisation esti-
mates has the latest Ebola outbreak
has killed more than 3,400 people.
BEIRUT---Street fighting raged between Kurdish
defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced
into Kobani yesterday, after subjecting the Syrian
border town to an assault lasting almost three
weeks, a monitoring group said.
Islamic State had earlier raised its black flag over
a building in the outskirts and forced thousands
more of Kobani s mainly Kurdish inhabitants to flee
for their lives across the nearby border into Turkey.
Islamic State fighters had penetrated about 100
meters into the eastern part of the town, according
to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-
based group which monitors the war through its
sources on the ground.
Islamic State wants to take Kobani to consolidate
a dramatic sweep across northern Iraq and Syria, in
the name of an absolutist version of Sunni Islam,
that has sent shockwaves through the Middle East.
Strikes by American and Gulf state warplanes
have failed to halt Islamic State s advance on Kobani,
which it has besieged from three sides and pounded
with heavy artillery.
Forced to flee Kobani by the latest fighting, fright-
ened residents crossed into Turkey through Yumur-
talik, an improvised border crossing, and ambulances
with blaring sirens shuttled back and forth between
the Syrian town and Turkey.
A black flag belonging to Islamic State was
visible from across the Turkish border atop a
four-storey building close to the scene of some
of the fiercest clashes in recent days.
Mortars have rained down on residential areas of
Kobani, and stray fire has hit Turkish territory fre-
quently in recent days wounding people and damaging
Turkey s pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party
called for street demonstrations in Turkey to protest
at Islamic State s assault on Kobani, where the sit-
uation was "extremely critical".
Militants also carried out two suicide attacks in
the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, the Obser-
vatory said, killing at least 30 people. (AP)
HONG KONG---The students
whose calls for democratic
reforms sparked the most dra-
matic challenge to authorities
since Hong Kong returned to
Chinese control are vowing to
keep up the fight.
But as the numbers of protest-
ers yesterday dwindled from tens
of thousands into the hundreds,
it was unclear where the tumult
of the past week would lead.
Schools reopened and civil ser-
vants returned to work after pro-
testers cleared the area outside
the city government headquarters,
a focal point of the demonstra-
tions that began September 26.
Crowds also thinned markedly at
the two other protest sites, and
traffic flowed again through many
roads that had been blocked.
In the Mong Kok district, the
site of weekend clashes in which
mobs tried to drive the demon-
strators out of the intersection
they were blocking, hundreds of
curious onlookers surrounded the
remaining protesters yesterday,
taking pictures.Many in Hong
Kong are wondering if the protest
movement may have run its
course and whether the students
have a clear strategy for pressing
their demand that all candidates
for the city s top leader, or chief
executive, not be screened by a
Disagreements were evident
after the students and the gov-
ernment began preliminary talks.
Lau Kong-wah, the undersec-
retary of constitutional affairs,
said he government and students
had agreed on terms for the talks,
including that the two sides
would be on an equal footing.
Lester Shum, a leader of the
Hong Kong Federation of Stu-
dents, confirmed the agreement,
but said they had not discussed
or reached a consensus on the
Chief Executive Leung Chun-
ying, who has rejected the pro-
testers calls for him to resign,
said in a TV address yesterday
that the government would seek
"a sincere dialogue on political
At the same time, Leung reit-
erated that everyone should go
home and stop blocking the
Spain has first Ebola
case outside Africa
Nurse who dealt with sick priest ill
to keep up fight
in Hong Kong
Turkish forces patrol the border as militants with the Islamic State group are seen near Kobani, Syria,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Isis advances on Kobani after three-week assault
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