The US started conducing enhanced screening of West African passengers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday to halt the spread of Ebola.



The screening will be carried out by teams armed with thermal guns who will also ask travelers to fill out relevant questionnaires, Press TV reported.


The airport is the first of five US airports that is screening passengers coming from the West African countries, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cited the airport screening as one part of an overall strategy to contain the spread of Ebola.


"Because we want to protect the American public, we are taking a tiered approach," said CDC spokesman Jason McDonald.


The Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall perform the screenings under CDC direction, McDonald said.


In addition to JFK airport, most of US-bound passengers from the three African countries also arrive at Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago, O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports which all will start undergoing the new procedures next week.


Detractors have put into question the current US strategy which checks passengers for fevers. The critics said the stratagem is not effective in preventing travelers infected with the Ebola virus from entering the country.


This is the first time US health authorities are using fever monitoring to screen travelers, said Lawrence Gostin, who teaches global health law at Georgetown Law School.


Besides, such monitoring was not successful when used in Canada and Asia during the SARS outbreak in 2002.


The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday 4,033 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak.






Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Naoyuki Shinohara hailed Iran's economic development since President Hassan Rouhani took office in June 2013.


 According to IRNA, he made the remarks in a meeting with the Governor of Iran’s Central Bank Valiollah Seif, on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in Washington.

Seif in this meeting, briefed Shinohara over the latest economic developments in Iran including the decrease in inflation and unemployment rate as well as the growth in country's economy in various fields and execution of subsidies reduction program.

Seif also held a meeting with Director of the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department Masood Ahmed. The two discussed latest developments regarding Iran and world economy.

Seif, leading a high-ranking delegation of economic officials left Tehran for Washington on Friday to participate in the event on October 10-12.



Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Hossein-Ali Amiri has heaped scorn on Pakistan for the recent slaying of four police officers in the southeast of the country.


 According to Press TV, Amiri said on Saturday, “We believe that Pakistan is responsible for the terrorist attacks in the Saravan border region and the martyrdom of Iranian police officers there.”


Three Iranian police officers were martyred when they, along with other patrol police forces, came under attack by armed bandits while on a mission in the city of Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan on Wednesday night.


Another police officer was also martyred in a separate shootout between a number of gunmen, who were behind the Wednesday incident, and police officers less than 24 hours later in the same city.


Top US military commanders have told President Barack Obama they will require more US combat troops on the ground in Iraq in order to defeat the ISIL terrorist organization, according to a US lawmaker.

 According to Press TV, US Representative Buck McKeon, a Republican from California and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the generals in charge of the new US-led war in Iraq were insisting on a ground invasion of the country.

McKeon said on CNN, “Our military commanders ... have all laid out scenarios where we need more troops,” adding, “I would suggest that he listens to his military leaders.”

Obama has been clashing with the Pentagon for several weeks over the issue of deploying ground troops to Iraq to confront ISIL.

The president has already sent about 1,600 military personnel and special operation soldiers to what he calls “assist and advise” the Iraqi military in pushing back the terrorist group.

Campus Reform, a campus watchdog, asked Harvard students, “Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the US?”

Campus Reform, a campus watchdog, asked Harvard students, “Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the US?”

Harvard students believe that the United States is a bigger threat to world peace than the ISIL terrorist organization, according to a recent survey at the prestigious university.

Campus Reform, a campus watchdog, asked Harvard students, “Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the US?”

Many students said they vehemently believed that the United States and its interventionist foreign policy posed a greater threat to the world than ISIL, or ISIS, which is responsible for many atrocities in Iraq and Syria, including beheadings of Western hostages.

“American imperialism and our protection of oil interests in the Middle East are destabilizing the region and allowing groups like ISIS to gain power,” one student told Caleb Bonham, editor of Campus Reform and a frequent guest on Fox News. “We are, at some level, the cause of it.”

Another student said the West is to blame for a lot of the problems that the world is facing now. “I don't think anyone would argue that we didn't create the problem of ISIS, ourselves.”

Another responder said the US was a greater threat because “America is making decisions that are much more likely to affect the world.”

“The amount of spending that America has on causes of potential destruction in the world is really outlandish,” she noted.

Harvard, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the oldest academic institute in the United States and enjoys an almost unparalleled reputation in the world.