Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sierra Leone is set to begin a three-day lockdown Thursday night at midnight to curb the spread of Ebola, according to Doctors Without Borders.

Government authorities have ordered the country’s six million people to stay in their homes from Sept. 19 through Sept. 21, while volunteers go door-to-door to screen for Ebola and take infected people in hiding to Ebola facilities, according to Doctors Without Borders, which called the endeavor “coercive.”

“Large-scale coercive measures like forced quarantines and lockdowns are driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers,” Doctors Without Borders said in a statement to ABC News. “This is leading to the concealment of cases and is pushing the sick away from health systems.”

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has sickened at least 5,357 people since March, killing 2,630 of them, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization. This is the largest Ebola outbreak since the deadly virus was identified in 1976, and the virus has killed more people in the last six months than it had in the previous 38 years combined.

Doctors Without Borders said it will be “extremely difficult” for government health workers to screen patients in this way without proper expertise. And even if the effort was successful, there would be too many Ebola patients to fit into existing facilities.

“Without enough beds to treat patients who have Ebola we will fail to stop it spreading even further,” Doctors Without Borders said. “What Sierra Leone and Liberia urgently need are more beds in case management centers, and they need them now.”

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Apple(NEW YORK) — Having trouble choosing between Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

Both devices will be available in stores on Friday. Apple CEO Tim Cook called them the best iPhones Apple has ever produced.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet on the features of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, including how they differ:

Screen Size

The most obvious physical difference between previous iPhones and the latest devices is the screen size. The iPhone 5S screen was 4 inches.

The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches diagonally — giving Samsung, which has dominated the giant phone market, some competition.

Price

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for a 16 GB configuration, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for a whopping 128 GB configuration, with a two-year contract.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 (16 GB), $399 (64 GB) and $499 (128 GB). Both phones come in three colors: gold, silver and space gray.

Battery Life

While both phones meet or exceed the battery life of previous iPhones in all metrics, there is a clear winner.

The iPhone 6 has up to 14 hours of talk time on 3G, while the iPhone 6 Plus boasts up to 24 hours, according to information posted on Apple’s website.

When it comes to surfing the Internet on Wi-Fi through the devices, the iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours while the iPhone 6 Plus can handle an additional hour.

The iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours of video playback, while the iPhone 6 Plus has up to 14 hours.

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Courtesy Guy Dorey(NEW YORK) — The Scots wasted no words when they settled on language for the ballot used to determine whether they’ll break away from the United Kingdom: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

“Vote (X) only once,” the white-paper referendum reads. Yes or No. That’s it: 13 words in total.

Such simplicity belies the potentially complex future that awaits Scotland if a simple majority of its citizens decides they want to strike out on their own, which could be thousands of pen marks away from reality.

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YouTube(LONDON) — A British citizen captured in Syria two years ago has resurfaced Thursday in a new ISIS propaganda video released on YouTube. But unlike the previous gruesome beheading videos of three westerners, journalist John Cantlie is seen alive, seated alone at a desk in a darkened room, delivering what he says is the first of a series of “messages” about ISIS.

Cantlie was abducted in November 2012 along with slain American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by his ISIS captors, according to a former law enforcement official and others familiar with the journalists’ kidnapping.

Until Thursday, Cantlie’s hostage status had been kept under a media blackout in the U.K. When Cantlie was seized with Foley, it was the second time he had been kidnapped in Syria, and just prior to his being called as a witness in a British terror trial whose defendants were dismissed when Cantlie disappeared.

Foley and Cantlie were working on a film about Cantlie’s dramatic escape from his first abduction when they were kidnapped.

Unlike the previous ISIS videos shot in outdoor locations, the dark indoor scene appears designed to prevent intelligence analysts and U.S. drones from gathering clues about where it may have been shot. U.S. intelligence analysts were studying previously released beheading videos for geographic clues that might lead to potential rescue operations.

In the video, Cantlie says that he’s going to appear in other videos that show the “truth behind what happened” in other kidnapping cases.

“Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun to his head and he’s being forced to do this,’ Right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny,” Cantlie says. “But seeing as how I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State [ISIS], I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live and maybe I will die.”

Cantlie, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and seated at a table, appeared to be reading his message from a teleprompter in a slickly filmed, three-camera production. Unlike the previous videos, no members of ISIS are seen in the film.

Cantlie said there would be future messages from him that would show the “truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State and how the Western media, the very organization I used to work for, can twist and manipulate that truth for the public back home.”

“The video is almost certainly scripted by Cantlie’s captors, and we shouldn’t take it at face value,” said J.M. Berger, terrorism expert and co-author of the forthcoming book ISIS: The State of Terror. “Ultimately they don’t expect ordinary people in the West to take the bait. They are trying to stir up trouble on the fringes and reassure their base…There is a clear effort to fuel political discontent over Western action against the Islamic State…”

The video release comes after ISIS threatened to kill another British citizen, Alan Henning, over the British government’s support for U.S. action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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YouTube(LONDON) — A British citizen captured in Syria two years ago has resurfaced Thursday in a new ISIS propaganda video released on YouTube. But unlike the previous gruesome beheading videos of three westerners, journalist John Cantlie is seen alive, seated alone at a desk in a darkened room, delivering what he says is the first of a series of “messages” about ISIS.

Cantlie was abducted in November 2012 along with slain American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by his ISIS captors, according to a former law enforcement official and others familiar with the journalists’ kidnapping.

Until Thursday, Cantlie’s hostage status had been kept under a media blackout in the U.K. When Cantlie was seized with Foley, it was the second time he had been kidnapped in Syria, and just prior to his being called as a witness in a British terror trial whose defendants were dismissed when Cantlie disappeared.

Foley and Cantlie were working on a film about Cantlie’s dramatic escape from his first abduction when they were kidnapped.

Unlike the previous ISIS videos shot in outdoor locations, the dark indoor scene appears designed to prevent intelligence analysts and U.S. drones from gathering clues about where it may have been shot. U.S. intelligence analysts were studying previously released beheading videos for geographic clues that might lead to potential rescue operations.

In the video, Cantlie says that he’s going to appear in other videos that show the “truth behind what happened” in other kidnapping cases.

“Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun to his head and he’s being forced to do this,’ Right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny,” Cantlie says. “But seeing as how I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State [ISIS], I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live and maybe I will die.”

Cantlie, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and seated at a table, appeared to be reading his message from a teleprompter in a slickly filmed, three-camera production. Unlike the previous videos, no members of ISIS are seen in the film.

Cantlie said there would be future messages from him that would show the “truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State and how the Western media, the very organization I used to work for, can twist and manipulate that truth for the public back home.”

“The video is almost certainly scripted by Cantlie’s captors, and we shouldn’t take it at face value,” said J.M. Berger, terrorism expert and co-author of the forthcoming book ISIS: The State of Terror. “Ultimately they don’t expect ordinary people in the West to take the bait. They are trying to stir up trouble on the fringes and reassure their base…There is a clear effort to fuel political discontent over Western action against the Islamic State…”

The video release comes after ISIS threatened to kill another British citizen, Alan Henning, over the British government’s support for U.S. action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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YouTube(LONDON) — A British citizen captured in Syria two years ago has resurfaced Thursday in a new ISIS propaganda video released on YouTube. But unlike the previous gruesome beheading videos of three westerners, journalist John Cantlie is seen alive, seated alone at a desk in a darkened room, delivering what he says is the first of a series of “messages” about ISIS.

Cantlie was abducted in November 2012 along with slain American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by his ISIS captors, according to a former law enforcement official and others familiar with the journalists’ kidnapping.

Until Thursday, Cantlie’s hostage status had been kept under a media blackout in the U.K. When Cantlie was seized with Foley, it was the second time he had been kidnapped in Syria, and just prior to his being called as a witness in a British terror trial whose defendants were dismissed when Cantlie disappeared.

Foley and Cantlie were working on a film about Cantlie’s dramatic escape from his first abduction when they were kidnapped.

Unlike the previous ISIS videos shot in outdoor locations, the dark indoor scene appears designed to prevent intelligence analysts and U.S. drones from gathering clues about where it may have been shot. U.S. intelligence analysts were studying previously released beheading videos for geographic clues that might lead to potential rescue operations.

In the video, Cantlie says that he’s going to appear in other videos that show the “truth behind what happened” in other kidnapping cases.

“Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun to his head and he’s being forced to do this,’ Right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny,” Cantlie says. “But seeing as how I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State [ISIS], I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live and maybe I will die.”

Cantlie, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and seated at a table, appeared to be reading his message from a teleprompter in a slickly filmed, three-camera production. Unlike the previous videos, no members of ISIS are seen in the film.

Cantlie said there would be future messages from him that would show the “truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State and how the Western media, the very organization I used to work for, can twist and manipulate that truth for the public back home.”

“The video is almost certainly scripted by Cantlie’s captors, and we shouldn’t take it at face value,” said J.M. Berger, terrorism expert and co-author of the forthcoming book ISIS: The State of Terror. “Ultimately they don’t expect ordinary people in the West to take the bait. They are trying to stir up trouble on the fringes and reassure their base…There is a clear effort to fuel political discontent over Western action against the Islamic State…”

The video release comes after ISIS threatened to kill another British citizen, Alan Henning, over the British government’s support for U.S. action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday, notably asking the United States to provide both lethal and non-lethal assistance to Ukraine, saying “one cannot win the war with blankets!”

“They need more political support throughout the world. They need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal, urgently need,” Poroshenko said to applause as he spoke to a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol. “Please understand me correctly. Blankets, night vision goggles are also important but one cannot win the war with blankets. Even more we cannot keep the peace with a blanket and this is most important of our values, of our aim, not to win the war, but keep the peace. For keeping the peace, we should be strong enough and there is not any doubt that we will be strong because of you. because our solidarity.”

Poroshenko’s address came just hours before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marks up legislation that would impose new sanctions on Russia and provide military and non-military assistance to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president skipped an entire section from his prepared remarks in which he thanked President Obama. The prepared remarks feature these lines, which he completely left out of his speech:

“I would like to thank the U.S. and all our partners for their support. I want to personally thank President Obama for the coherent position on Crimea annexation and support to Ukraine. The world remembers his words in Warsaw: ‘We will not accept Russia’s occupation of Crimea or its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

Later Thursday, Poroshenko is slated to have lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and meet with President Obama in the Oval Office.

The White House Thursday announced that the U.S. will provide $53 million in additional aid to Ukraine, including $46 million in non-lethal security assistance.

In his speech, Poroshenko thanked Congress for its support and urged lawmakers to continue to stand in solidarity with Ukraine.

“I urge you not to let Ukraine, not to let Ukraine stand alone in the face of this aggression,” Poroshenko said. “This is very important that the whole world will see this gesture of solidarity. Ukraine is not alone. We are together. We are united and we win because our fighting, is fighting for freedom, is fighting for democracy and I will absolutely no doubt that our victory will be very close. I’m absolutely sure that United States made the commitment it will stand behind Ukraine’s territorial integrity and we hope that it will live up to that promise.”

Closing out his speech, Poroshenko quoted New Hampshire’s motto “Live free or die!” saying it exemplified the tenacity of the Ukrainian people.

“Live free or die are words of Ukrainian soldiers standing on line of freedom of this war. Live free must be the answer with which Ukraine comes out of this war,” he said. “Live free must be the message Ukraine and America send to the world while standing together in this time of enormous challenge.”

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Charles Norfleet/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond will return to the NBC show — not as a member of the troupe, but as its new announcer.

Iconic Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who’d been with the show since its inception, died last month at age 96.

When the show’s 40th season premieres on Sept. 27, it’ll be Hammond reading the cast members’ names, as well as those of the guest host, Chris Pratt, and musical guest Ariana Grande. It’s not a role unfamiliar to Hammond — he occasionally filled in for Pardo over the years, impersonating the veteran announcer when Pardo was unavailable.

Hammond was a cast member for 14 seasons, longer than any other member in the show’s history. He was also the oldest cast member in the show’s history.

He was well known for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin and, perhaps most hilariously, Sean Connery, whom he played during the show’s Celebrity Jeopardy skits opposite Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek.

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Charles Norfleet/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond will return to the NBC show — not as a member of the troupe, but as its new announcer.

Iconic Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who’d been with the show since its inception, died last month at age 96.

When the show’s 40th season premieres on Sept. 27, it’ll be Hammond reading the cast members’ names, as well as those of the guest host, Chris Pratt, and musical guest Ariana Grande. It’s not a role unfamiliar to Hammond — he occasionally filled in for Pardo over the years, impersonating the veteran announcer when Pardo was unavailable.

Hammond was a cast member for 14 seasons, longer than any other member in the show’s history. He was also the oldest cast member in the show’s history.

He was well known for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin and, perhaps most hilariously, Sean Connery, whom he played during the show’s Celebrity Jeopardy skits opposite Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek.

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Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A man seen following missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in newly released security footage told police that he was following Graham because she appeared “physically distressed” and he was trying to help her.

The man told police that he stopped following Graham when she met a second man that she seemed to know and put his arm around her, according to police.

The videos that include the man, who has not been publicly identified, is the latest clue in the search for the missing sophomore, who has not been heard from since she texted friends just before 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

The new videos show Graham, 18, walking past an outdoor mall area at 1:06 a.m. and a man in light colored shorts following her. At one point he ducks into a corner and watches her. A second camera shows the same man following Graham a few minutes later, according to police.

The man called into the police tip line hours before the surveillance footage that showed him following Graham was released. He went to the police station at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“Anyone who saw her is a person of interest,” Capt. Gary Pleasants told ABC News. “He saw her and said he was following her, so that’s interesting. But right now we’re seeing him as a cooperative witness.”

Pleasants said there are no suspects or persons of interest in the case yet because “at this moment we still don’t know that there is any” criminal activity that took place. Graham’s mother said on Wednesday that she feared “foul play” was responsible for her daughter’s disappearance.

The man in the video is still in contact with investigators, police said.

“He told police that he was following Ms. Graham as she looked to be somewhat physically distressed and he wanted to make sure she got safely to wherever she was going,” police said in a statement.

Investigators are searching for the second man who the witness alleges spoke to Graham and stopped her as she was walking. The second man is not seen in any of the surveillance footage.

“Soon after [the witness] was following her, he said that a black male came up to her and put his arm around her, stopping her,” the police release states. “Ms. Graham and this black male started speaking and it appeared to the witness that the black male was either known to Ms. Graham or was trying to help her.”

The witness said that when he walked away, Graham and the other man were still talking.

Charlottesville police have called for area businesses to hand over any surveillance footage they have from the night when Graham disappeared in hopes that it could lead to more clues. Pleasants told ABC they received over 80 new tips from the public since releasing four clips of security videos Wednesday.

Graham’s parents, who are British but live in Alexandria, Virginia, have been in Charlottesville during the investigation and the University of Virginia plans to hold a candlelight vigil Thursday night.

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