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Sierra Leone's three-day Ebola shutdown ends FREETOWN: Millions of Sierra Leoneans were set to emerge from their homes on Monday after a three-day nationwide lockdown during which scores of dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered.The west African country had imposed the extreme measure confining its six million people to their homes for 72 hours in a bid to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak which has claimed more than 2,600 lives there and in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea this year.Only essential workers such as health professionals were exempt, as were some 30,000 volunteers who went door-to-door to hand out soap and give advice on halting the contagion.Liberia also ramped up the battle against the epidemic, announcing Sunday a four-fold increase in hospital beds to 1,000 for Ebola patients in the capital Monrovia, as more US troops arrived to shore up overwhelmed local officials in the fight.Ebola fever can fell its victims within days, ...
Egypt military aircraft crash kills six CAIRO: An Egyptian military aircraft crashed while on a training mission on Sunday after a technical failure, killing six soldiers, the army said.The aircraft crashed in an area about 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Cairo, an army statement said."During military training, a technical failure led to the crash of an aircraft carrying troops in Kom Aushim in Fayoum province... killing six soldiers and injuring one," the army said.No further details about the accident, including ...
Tunisia president Marzouki declares re-election bid TUNIS: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced on Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.Marzouki, a fierce opponent of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, formally presented his candidacy at the offices of the electoral authority, watched on by journalists.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown FREETOWN: Sierra Leone began the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on Saturday amid criticism that the action was a poorly planned publicity stunt.Most of Sierra Leone's six million people have been confined to their homes from midnight (0000 GMT) on Friday, with only essential workers such as health professionals and security forces exempt.Almost 30,000 volunteers are going door-to-door to educate locals and hand ...
US says no Ebola patient contact for troops in Liberia WASHINGTON: US troops heading to Liberia to help fight the Ebola epidemic will help train health workers but will have no "direct contact" with patients infected with the virus, the Pentagon said Friday.The 3,000-strong contingent due to deploy to Liberia will carry protective gear, but "there's no intent right now for them to have direct contact with patients," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.He said the first US military cargo plane arrived in Monrovia ...

 





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