News Wrap: U.S. troops arrive in Liberia to combat Ebola

In our news wrap Thursday, 100 U.S. marines and other military aid landed in Liberia to support the fight against Ebola. Meanwhile, West African leaders made appeals at a World Bank meeting for the international community to do more. Also, the U.S.-led coalition ramped up air attacks against the Islamic State. The militant group is reportedly in control of a third of the city of Kobani.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    One hundred U.S. Marines and more military aid arrived in Liberia today to battle Ebola. At the same time, leaders from Liberia and neighboring countries pleaded for the outside world to make good on pledges to help.

    Appeals from West African leaders dominated a World Bank meeting in Washington today. On video link, the presidents of Sierra Leone and Liberia pressed for action, not just talk.

  • PRESIDENT ERNEST BAIN KOROMA, Sierra Leone:

    Without your quick response, a tragedy unforeseen in modern times will threaten the well-being and compromise the security of people everywhere.

  • PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON Sirleaf, Liberia:

    This means the construction of treatment and testing and bearing centers within a time frame of one month, by mid-November, all such facilities functioning with staff health workers, both local and expatriate.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The president of Guinea appeared in person, adding his own request for money and facilities.

    Together, their three countries account for virtually all of the nearly 4,000 Ebola deaths so far. The disease claimed its first victim in the U.S. yesterday. Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the disease in Liberia before flying to Texas.

    And, in Spain, officials announced the condition of Teresa Romero has declined. She's a nurse who treated an Ebola patient and was diagnosed herself this week.

  • YOLANDA FUENTES, Deputy Director, Carlos III Hospital (through interpreter):

    The patient has expressly forbidden us to give information about her health and clinical condition. I have only come here to confirm that her clinical condition has worsened.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Four more people who had contact with Romero were placed in isolation units for monitoring. They included a doctor who said he cared for the nurse without being told she was infected.

    The case has prompted protests by health workers and others in Madrid and questions about how the nurse was infected in the first place.

  • WOMAN (through interpreter):

    We have followed all the necessary precautions they have told us to follow. Are those rules incorrect? That, we don't know.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The European Commission joined today in demanding that Spain give full explanations of exactly what happened.

    Meanwhile, a United Nations employee infected in Liberia arrived for treatment in Leipzig, Germany, today. And international airports in New York, Newark, Washington, Chicago, and Dallas prepared new screening for travelers from West Africa, including fever checks and other measures.

    Those measures don't apply at New York's La Guardia airport, and 200 airplane cabin cleaners staged a 24-hour strike there today, citing health and safety concerns. And, in Washington, a mostly Republican group of 26 lawmakers sent President Obama a letter calling for even more stringent restrictions, including visa bans and quarantines.

    At the same time, U.S. troops at Fort Hood, Texas, stepped up safety training ahead of being deployed to West Africa.

    We will hear from one of the medical groups struggling to corral the outbreak after the news summary.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    American and coalition planes stepped up their aerial assault in Syria today, but Islamic State forces made gains anyway. Syrian activists said the militants now control more than a third of Kobani, a key town on the border with Turkey.

    As the airstrikes continued, Turkish military tanks again looked on without intervening. But the Turkish foreign minister called for a comprehensive plan before his country launches an attack.

  • MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU, Foreign Minister, Turkey (through interpreter):

    It's not realistic to expect Turkey to carry out a ground operation on its own. Our negotiations are continuing about all our suggestions. Negotiations with our allies are continuing. Turkey will not hesitate to do its part when a common decision is reached.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Later, Secretary of State John Kerry called the militants' advance on Kobani a tragedy. But he said it will not alter the Obama administration's long-term strategy.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The rapidly deteriorating situation in Yemen took a turn for the worse today. Nearly 70 people were killed in a pair of suicide bombings. The attacks bore the hallmarks of Sunni militants linked to al-Qaida. One of the bombers targeted a large group of Shiite rebels who now control the capital city, Sanaa. Blood stains and debris littered the streets in the aftermath.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A total of 19 people are now dead in the worst fighting between India and Pakistan in more than a decade. Heavy shelling erupted more than a week ago in Kashmir, a mostly Muslim region claimed by both sides. The two sides traded warnings today to stand down, but the fighting continued.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    There's word from Mexico that authorities have captured the reputed leader of the Juarez drug cartel. Mexican officials say Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was taken in the northern city of Torreon. The U.S. had offered $5 million for his arrest.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Black leaders in Saint Louis called today for the Justice Department to investigate the latest fatal shooting of a black teenager. Police said an off-duty officer killed 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers last night after the teen fired first.

    The shooting sparked protests, 11 miles from Ferguson, where another officer killed Michael Brown in August.

    Saint Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson called for calm.

  • COL. SAM DOTSON, Chief, Saint Louis Metropolitan Police:

    I'm being as open and transparent as the department can be. And I hope the public appreciates that. I know emotions are high and I know tensions are high, but the reality is, what we have seen or what the evidence tells me right now is that an individual pointed a gun at a police officer, fired at least three rounds, and continued to pull the trigger.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The teenager's relatives disputed the police account, and insisted he wasn't armed. Police didn't identify the officer or give his race.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    French author Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was honored today for decades of work that focused on the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. The 69-year-old writer has published more than 40 books, but he's relatively unknown in the English-speaking world.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    This was another wild day on Wall Street. Jitters over global growth sent energy stocks plunging, and triggered a broad sell-off. The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest loss of the year, nearly 335 points, one day after its biggest gain of the year. It finished at 16,659; the Nasdaq dropped 90 points to close at 4,378; and the S&P 500 fell 40 to finish at 1,928.

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