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October 10th, 2014
09:41 AM ET

Bill Gates Speaks Out on Ebola and More

Bill Gates says one way to prevent the spread of Ebola and other diseases in Africa is to make basic health interventions more readily available.

In an exclusive interview with, Gates told CEO Carlos Watson: "Most people in Africa are born and die without ever meeting what we’d think of as a full-blown doctor.”

Watch the clip above as Watson spoke about this and other takeaways from the interview on "New Day" Friday.

See the full interview from Ozy

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October 9th, 2014
08:23 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – October 9, 2014

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October 7th, 2014
11:03 AM ET

Former Defense Secretary Lays Out Disagreements With President Obama

A former senior member of President Barack Obama's national security team is panning the administration's decision to rule out the use of ground troops to fight ISIS and questioning Obama's leadership style.

"I take the position that when you're commander in chief that you oughta keep all options on the be able to have the flexibility to what is necessary in order to defeat the enemy," former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta told CNN. "We're conducting air strikes. But to make those air strikes work, to be able to do what you had to do, you don't– you don't just send planes in and drop bombs. You've gotta have targets. You've gotta know what you're goin' after. To do that, you do need people on the ground."

Panetta's comments are a stinging rebuke of Obama at a crucial point in his administration as the president battles multiple national security threats, including ISIS, a resurgent Russia and the spread of Ebola.

His memoir, "Worthy Fights," describes a White House that did not use its "leverage" to try and keep a residual force in Iraq.

"Those on our side of the debate viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests," he wrote in the book.


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October 6th, 2014
11:26 AM ET

U.S. Troops Are Set to Deploy to West Africa: Will They Be Safe?

A U.S. general heading to Liberia to help the effort to fight Ebola is speaking out about the processes and procedures his troops are undertaking to stay safe.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky will be deploying to West Africa in two weeks with 700 troops, but he tells "New Day" he doesn't expect soldiers will be in areas near infected people.

"We aren't going to be out there with the patients themselves," he says. "We're not going to be treating people that are infected."

Maj. Gen. Volesky says the group is in pre-deployment training to prepare themselves for the environment in Liberia but, despite the fact there's been 3,458 cases and 1,830 deaths related to Ebola in the country, they do not expect to come in contact with Ebola patients.

The commander says this is possible as the group will be building Ebola treatment units and then turning those facilities over to partners who will run the centers.

He adds: "We'll take all the appropriate measures to make sure we've protected ourselves."


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