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An American nurse has been declared cured of Ebola and left the hospital on Friday after contracting the virus while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas. Pham smiled widely and appeared healthy, wearing a turquoise shirt and dark business suit at a press conference outside the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," Pham told reporters, expressing her gratitude for those who prayed for her and cared for her while she was sick. Pham was the first US healthcare worker to be infected with Ebola while working inside the United States, after Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on September 28.
A car bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 25 soldiers Friday, in one of the deadliest attacks against security forces since the military deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year. Security officials said 26 other soldiers were wounded in the attack near El-Arish, the main town in north Sinai. Jihadists in the peninsula have killed scores of policemen and soldiers since Morsi's overthrow to avenge a bloody police crackdown on his supporters. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who toppled Morsi and later won elections, has pledged to eradicate the militants.