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Health workers walk at an Ebola quarantine unit. Photo: Wessels/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization is mobilizing to fight a growing outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that health officials say will be particularly tough and costly to eradicate.

The toll: As of May 10, 32 people were suspected of having been infected with Ebola, which can cause high fever, fatigue, diarrhea, bleeding and bruising. At least eighteen people have died so far, including at least one health care worker, the WHO said.

The concern: The outbreak is currently confined to the Bikoro health zone in the western part of the DRC, which has a population of about 160,000. The WHO, along with local health workers, are trying to keep the outbreak contained in a rural area.

"The number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases is significant, so we are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario."
— Peter Salama, deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response at the WHO,during a press briefing in Geneva on Friday

The big picture: This is nothing like the historic 2014-2016 outbreak that struck major cities in West Africa, which affected 30,000 people in three countries and killed more than 11,000.

  • The DRC alone has had eight outbreaks of the deadly virus during the last four decades. And, if needed, the WHO says it will seek to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to the affected region.

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Resurrecting Martin Luther King's office

King points to Selma, Alabama on a map at his Southern Christian Leadership Conference office in Atlanta in January 1965. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Contributor

Efforts to save the office where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., planned some of the most important moments of the civil rights movement are hitting roadblocks amid a political stalemate.

Why it matters: The U.S. Park Service needs to OK agreements so a developer restoring the historic Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Atlanta — which once housed King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference — can tap into private funding and begin work.

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Episode 4: Trump turns on Barr

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Drew Angerer, Pool/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 4: Trump torches what is arguably the most consequential relationship in his Cabinet.

Attorney General Bill Barr stood behind a chair in the private dining room next to the Oval Office, looming over Donald Trump. The president sat at the head of the table. It was Dec. 1, nearly a month after the election, and Barr had some sharp advice to get off his chest. The president's theories about a stolen election, Barr told Trump, were "bullshit."

In photos: Protests outside fortified capitols draw only small groups

Armed members of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois near the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Jan. 17. About 20 protesters showed up, AP notes. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Small groups of protesters gathered outside fortified statehouses across the U.S. over the weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

The big picture: Some protests attracted armed members of far-right extremist groups but there were no reports of clashes, as had been feared. The National Guard and law enforcement outnumbered demonstrators, as security was heightened around the U.S. to avoid a repeat of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, per AP.