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Brazilians narrowly voted leftist President Dilma Rousseff back into office for a second term after a bitter election campaign that split Latin America's biggest economy largely between the poor north and richer south. Rousseff, Brazil's first woman president, went into the run-off as slight favorite -- despite overseeing economic recession -- and defeated center-right challenger Aecio Neves by three million ballots for a vote share of 51.6 percent after 99 percent of the count. Handsomely ahead in the north, Rousseff crucially picked up enough middle-class votes in the more prosperous southeast to cement a fourth straight win for her Workers Party (PT). The 66-year-old daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant businessman immediately vowed to work for political reform through dialogue and to give Brazil the change she said she recognized voters wanted.
The mayor of New York said that a quarantined nurse had been "disrespected," but gave no indication he would bow to White House pressure over the controversial move intended to stop the spread of Ebola in the United States. Kaci Hickox, who became the first American health worker isolated under the new quarantine orders on Friday, claims she was made to feel like a criminal and that her compulsory quarantining was "inhumane." New York, New Jersey and Illinois have drafted in measures that see medics returning from West Africa -- epicenter of the most deadly Ebola outbreak on record -- quarantined for three weeks, while a fourth state, Florida, has ordered twice-daily monitoring during that period. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to quell the firestorm over Hickox's outspoken remarks over the weekend, in which she hit out at the attitude of officials toward her from the moment she landed at Newark International Airport in New Jersey on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation's top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to the danger zone.
Leftist former president Tabare Vazquez and his center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou will head into a November 30 runoff after Sunday's presidential vote failed to give a clear winner, exit polls showed. President Jose Mujica will be succeeded either by his Broad Front ally Vazquez, who earned 44-46 percent of votes, or the National Party's Lacalle Pou, who garnered 31-34 percent, according to pollsters Equipos Mori, Factum and Cifra.
The US ambassador to the United Nations criticised the level of international support for nations hit by Ebola as she began a tour Sunday of west African nations at the epicentre of the deadly outbreak. Samantha Power said before arriving in Guinea that too many leaders were praising the efforts of countries like the United States and Britain to accelerate aid to the worst-affected nations, while doing little themselves. She said many countries "are signing on to resolutions and praising the good work that the United States and the United Kingdom and others are doing, but they themselves haven't taken the responsibility yet to send docs, to send beds, to send the reasonable amount of money." Besides Guinea, Power will travel to Sierra Leone and Liberia -- the three nations that account for the vast majority of the 4,922 deaths from the Ebola epidemic.