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Nigeria pledges 600 volunteers as Africa steps up Ebola fight ABUJA/FREETOWN: Nigeria pledged on Thursday to send a contingent of 600 volunteers to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa.With financial pledges flowing in from around the world but trained doctors and nurses scarce in the three worst effected countries -- Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the African Union appealed last week to member states to urgently fill the gap.African nations' response to the crisis has drawn criticism, with officials in Liberia bemoaning a lack of African solidarity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has rebuked some African countries for closing borders to Ebola-hit states, saying this worsened their suffering by cutting off supplies.Nigeria, the continent's largest economy and top oil producer, gained experience in containing Ebola after an air traveller imported the virus from Liberia in July, infecting 20 people and killing 8."Nigeria has 600 health workers who ...


NY doctor being tested for Ebola has not been working at hospital NEW YORK: The doctor being tested in New York for Ebola has not been back to his hospital job or seen patients since returning from West Africa, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center said on Thursday.Dr. Craig Spencer was described as a "committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first" in a statement released by the hospital in upper Manhattan.Spencer, 33, who was in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, was being tested ...

German consumer confidence stops falling: survey FRANKFURT: Consumer confidence in Germany has stopped falling, as households appear to be no longer fazed by concerns about the economic fallout from geopolitical crises, a new poll found on Friday. Following the recent declines, "consumer sentiment rose again somewhat in October and the downward trend has come to an end," market research company GfK said in a statement."Consumers appear to be less unnerved by the ongoing geopolitical tensions and the ensuing economic slowdown. Both ...

New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal TOKYO: Japan was stung Thursday by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.The new revelations could deal another serious blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose administration is already facing a public backlash over its bid to turn Japan's shuttered nuclear reactors back on while his plan to ...

Cypriot president pulls out of EU summit over health scare BRUSSELS: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades pulled out of a European Union summit on Thursday after he was taken to a Brussels hospital with a nose bleed, the government said. After tests showed he was suffering from high blood pressure, doctors sent the president back to his Brussels hotel and advised him to rest for 48 hours, a Cypriot government statement said. Anastasiades contacted European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to let him know he would ...

German industry downgrades growth forecast BERLIN: The German BDI industry federation downgraded Thursday its growth forecast for the current year as the outlook for Europe's biggest economy continues to cloud over. BDI chief Markus Kerber said the federation is now pencilling in growth of 1.2-1.4 percent for the current year, after already cutting the forecast in September. "The economic outlook has darkened somewhat," but Germany would not slip into recession, Kerber said. BDI had already revised downwards its growth forecast ...

Mexico mayor accused of ordering attack on missing students MEXICO CITY: Mexico on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Carrying torches and candles, tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City and other cities to protest the disappearance of the students."We shall overcome," protesters shouted with clenched fists in the air. Marching were students, teachers, farmers and activists ...


 



 
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