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Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance FREETOWN: A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment centre and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said. Health officials say fear and mistrust of health workers in Sierra Leone, where many have more faith in traditional medicine, are hindering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 450 people in the country. In recent days crowds gathered outside clinics and hospitals to protest against what they see as a conspiracy, in some cases clashing with police as they threatened to burn down the buildings and remove the patients. Amadu Sisi, a senior doctor at King Harman hospital in the capital Freetown, from which the patient was taken, said on Saturday that police found her in the house of a healer. Her family refused ...

Five dead in north Nigeria NIGERIA: Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Boko Haram.At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a church police said.The attack came shortly after the end of mass at the Saint Charles Catholic church, police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP."We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that ...
Egypt army says 14 militants killed in Sinai CAIRO: Egyptian troops have killed 14 militants in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula, scene of an insurgency since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, the army said Sunday.It said 47 people were arrested in the clashes on Saturday that state news agency MENA said broke out near Sheikh Zuwaid in north Sinai.Also on Saturday, four children were killed when a mortar round crashed into their home in El-Joura, a suspected bastion of militants.Officials said ...
Boko Haram execute 12 in northeast town: residents KANO: Boko Haram militants have executed 12 people including a village chief in a remote part of northeastern Nigeria, residents said on Saturday.The attackers entered the village of Garubula, in Biu district, late Wednesday and dragged their victims out of their homes before shooting them, the residents said."They killed 12 people including the village chief whom they shot in the head," said resident Mallam Idrissa told AFP.Wednesday also saw bombings in north-central Kaduna blamed on ...
Hundreds of thousands need food aid in Somali capital: UN MOGADISHU: Over 350,000 people in Somalia's war-ravaged capital are in acute need of food aid as government and charities struggle to cope, the UN warned Saturday, with other cities also in crisis."The food security situation has worsened as early warnings highlight drought conditions in parts of Somalia," a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said."Aid organizations have been unable to meet the needs of over 350,000 estimated displaced people ...
Cameroon sends 14 Boko Haram members to prison: report YAOUNDE: A military court in Cameroon has handed down prison sentences of up to 20 years to 14 Boko Haram members, the country's state broadcaster Crtv reported Friday.The defendants, who were arrested in March after the discovery of a weapons cache, admitted to being part of the Nigerian extremist group at a "public hearing" in the northern town of Maroua, said the report.They had been charged with the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and ...
South Sudan food crisis worst in the world: UN UNITED NATIONS: South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world, the UN Security Council said on Friday as it called for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid.Some 3.9 million people a staggering one in three people throughout the country are going hungry as the fighting in South Sudan continues, according to UN officials.The Security Council described a "catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst ...


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