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Ebola-hit Liberia unveils strict border checks MONROVIA: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday announced strict checks on Liberia's borders with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two other countries at the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic.Liberia has been worst hit by the outbreak, with 4,665 recorded cases and 2,705 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. "We will make sure that the immigration officers protect the borders, you know we have porous borders, in so many places where you can cross without going through the official point," Sirleaf said."We are going to ask them to monitor them carefully," she said on national radio."We also have to work with the leaders in Guinea and Sierra Leone because we leaders all talk to each other too and we work together," she said."So we hope that they do on their side what we are doing on our side, to put proper ETUs (Ebola Treatment Units) and proper health care," ...

PM disqualification case: SC seek opinion from AGP to define ‘Sadiq and Ameen’ ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought opinion from the Attorney General for Pakistan to define the terms Sadiq and Ameen hitherto unexplained in the country's Constitution while hearing the prime minister's disqualification case.The two-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, was hearing an appeal filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q). Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja asked the Attorney General to inform the court about government's ...

Big bang, not big bucks, the key for euro zone bank lending DUBLIN/FRANKFURT: If the European Central Bank really wants to kick-start the euro zone economy, it should ensure the bloc's banks are up to the task of lending. The International Monetary Fund has estimated that nearly three-quarters of euro zone banks need to significantly change their business models before they will be able to meet the demand for credit when the economy recovers. This week's stress test of Europe's largest banks gives the ECB an opportunity ...

Wall Street rallies on Caterpillar, 3M results NEW YORK: US stocks jumped 1 percent on Thursday as a number of strong results, including from a pair of Dow components, reassured investors that corporations continued to fare well despite concerns about global economic growth. Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3M Co rose following their results, with heavy machinery maker Caterpillar also raising its full-year profit view. Caterpillar was up 4.2 percent at $98.31 while 3M added 4.3 percent to $144.95. As both ...

WHO wary of screening arriving passengers for Ebola, but no ban GENEVA: Screening passengers for Ebola on their arrival may have "a limited effect" in stopping the virus spreading but whether it adds anything to exit screening from affected countries is a decision for governments, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The advice from the WHO's Emergency Committee on Ebola came a day after the United States said travellers from three West African countries at the heart of the epidemic must fly into one of ...

IMF says Zimbabwe should remove ‘ghost workers’ from payroll HARARE: Zimbabwe's government should weed out "ghost workers" absent from their public sector posts, and free up money to build infrastructure, the International Monetary Fund director for Africa Antionette Sayeh said on Thursday. Sayeh said it was unsustainable for the government to spend up to 80 percent of the budget to pay its 250,000 employees."Nobody can disagree with getting rid of people whose names are on the payroll and they are not working. That's one ...


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