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Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Jerusalem mayor vows to calm city


Jerusalem’s mayor is calling for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, saying violence will not be tolerated in his city.

Nir Barkat said in an interview yesterday that violence in the city has become intolerable.

He spoke a day after a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a crowded train station, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.

Police yesterday were beefing up security across Jerusalem.

Barkat says Israel must fight the violence, and “we will win that war”.

Poll: Disapproval, doubt dominate on Ebola


Americans have at least some confidence that the US health-care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but generally disapprove of the way President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have handled the crisis so far.

Most disapprove of Obama’s handling of the Ebola outbreak, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll. Just one in five approve of the CDC’s work on Ebola so far, and only three in 10 say they trust that public-health officials are sharing complete and accurate information about the virus. And only 18 per cent have deep confidence that local hospitals could safely treat a patient with Ebola.

Amid worry, most Americans say the US also should be doing more to stop Ebola in West Africa. Health authorities have been clear: Until that epidemic ends, travellers could unknowingly carry the virus anywhere.

Patients avoiding Dallas hospital where Ebola hit


The Dallas hospital in which a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected has seen patients flee the hospital, with

a more than 50

per cent decline in

visits to its emergency room since the crisis began.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in

financial statements on Wednesday that its

revenue fell 25 per cent in the first 20 days

of October, a

period that began

shortly after Thomas Eric Duncan was

admitted into the

hospital with Ebola.

Visits to its emergency room were down 53 per cent during

that time, and its daily patient census fell 21 per cent. Operating room surgeries were also down 25 per cent.