Texas

Nurse who survived Ebola sues Dallas hospital system

A nurse who contracted Ebola last fall in Dallas while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease claims that the hospital where she worked failed her. Nina Pham, 26, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian, filed a lawsuit Monday against the hospital's parent company, Texas Health Resources. Pham said, in a statement, that she had hoped the company would be "more open and honest about everything that happened at the hospital, and the things they didn't do that led to me getting infected with Ebola." In her lawsuit, Pham says she is worried about her long-term health and that she doubts she'll ever return to being a critical care nurse again.

California

L.A. police say man killed on Skid Row reached for cop's gun

Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said. Video showed the man reaching toward the officer's waistband, Chief Charlie Beck said. The officer's gun was found partly cocked and jammed with a bullet in the chamber and another in the ejection port, indicating a struggle for the weapon. Three other officers opened fire. The shadowy video did not clearly show the man's race, but witnesses said he was black.

Pakistan

Police arrest parents refusing children's polio vaccinations

Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed on charges of endangering public security after refusing to give their children polio vaccinations. Parents targeted by police starting this past weekend were not arrested if they agreed to vaccinate their children, said Shakirullah Khan, a senior police officer in Peshawar. At least 471 people were jailed under government orders. Authorities have made scattered arrests in the past for polio refusals, but such widespread arrests are rare. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio is endemic. The disease remains common after the Taliban banned vaccinations

Belgium

Russia and Ukraine reach gas deal to avoid cuts this month

Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement to ensure natural gas supplies to war-torn Ukraine for the month of March, averting possible cuts that could have hit supplies to the European Union. The two countries have fought several gas price wars in past years and Moscow had been threatening to turn off the taps to Ukraine on Tuesday unless it received outstanding prepayments, as agreed in a deal they clinched last October. The European Union mediated in emergency talks between Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Demchyshyn.

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