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Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Protesters carry red-painted crosses, symbolising the blood of the 28 non-Muslims singled out and killed in the recent attack on a bus in Mandera by Somali militant group al-Shabab, outside government offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.
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Obama drawing attention to Ebola vaccine research

WASHINGTON (AP):

President Barack Obama is highlighting advances in research for an Ebola vaccine and pushing Congress to approve his request for US$6.2 billion to confront the disease abroad and to secure against its spread in the United States.

He planned to congratulate National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins and the director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci (FOW'-chee), for their work on a vaccine.

A study published by US researchers last week concluded that an experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in volunteers who tested it.

Obama's request for money to confront Ebola is pending before Congress. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says lawmakers should "take prompt action on this".


Kenyan police chief quits after extremist attacks

NAIROBI (AP):

Kenya's police chief David Kimaiyo has resigned following an attack yesterday by Islamic extremists from Somalia that killed more than 36 people.

Kimaiyo said that he resigned for personal reasons. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta named a former army general, Joseph Nkaisery, to replace him.

Public pressure had been mounting for the resignations of Kimaiyo and Interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku following a previous attack 10 days ago in which 28 non-Muslims were dragged out of a bus and shot dead by Islamic extremists.