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President Obama says West Africa’s Ebola epidemic threatens the entire world. Attempts at control have finally been stepped up, but they might be too little, too late. Experts say infections could rise from 5,000 today to 20,000 in coming months, with more exponential increases to come. Sierra Leone’s three-day lock-down of all its six million people is just one example of drastic measures that could make things not better—but worse. We’ll update the conditions on the ground and the challenges to come.

Also, Scotland votes down independence, and the latest case of consolidation on a global scale: beer.

Banner Image: Mbandaka-Equateur (DR Congo): The United Nations at the forefront in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus. UNICEF has provided hundreds of hand-wash tanks like the one being used here by the national Minister of Public Health, Dr. Félix Kabange Numbi. Photo MONUSCO/Dominique Wolombi.

Scotland Votes Down Independence 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Despite recent polls showing it too close to call, Scottish voters decided yesterday to keep the United Kingdom together by a margin of 55 percent to 45. The concession by Alex Salmond, says it all. He was the leader of the independence movement. Salmond has resigned as First Minister of Scotland. Kate Devlin is political correspondent for the Herald of Glasgow.

Kate Devlin, The Herald (@_katedevlin)

As Ebola Crises Deepens, Will US Aid Be Enough? 35 MIN, 35 SEC

In West Africa, Ebola is spreading with unprecedented speed. For weeks, global health organizations have called for international aid—especially from the United States. This week, the President finally announced that 3,000 troops will be sent to Liberia, along with mobile labs, protective gear and facilities for training health workers. Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has just begun a three-day quarantine of all its six million people.

Todd Frankel, Washington Post (@tcfrankel)
Dan Kelly, University of California, San Francisco (@UCSF)
Bronwyn Bruton, Atlantic Council (@BronwynBruton)
Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (@NIH)

In Beer Merger Mania, Anheuser-Busch InBev Says It’s Miller Time 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Anheuser-Busch was a historic American company—but now it’s owned by InBev of Brazil. Miller and Coors also got together, and they’re now part of SABMiller of England. Now, SABMiller has its eye on Heineken of Holland, and there are reports that it’s lining up financing to take over InBev. Philip Howard is Professor of Community, Food and Agriculture at Michigan State University, a student of consolidation in the food industry.

Philip Howard, Michigan State University (@michiganstateu)

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