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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 on Thursday as part of the US effort to help fight the epidemic, which has killed more than 2,600 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone this year."Right now, the effort does not include US military personnel treating Ebola patients," Kirby said. "We're going to be in support of other health care workers that are experts at doing this."Kirby said a C-17 aircraft with equipment and seven service members landed on Thursday, with two ...

Lagos building collapse survivor recounts ordeal LAGOS: A Nigerian man on Friday claimed that he spent over 24 hours under the rubble of a Lagos church building, blaming "Satan" rather than structural failure for the collapse believed to have killed at least 84 people.Taiwo Taiwo was among 131 people pulled from the remains of the guesthouse for foreign followers of preacher TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which collapsed on September 12.All those who died came from South Africa, ...
Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries BERLIN: Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.Germany's armed forces will send up to 100 soldiers to a joint base in Dakar and from there two German Transall military transport planes will fly supplies to affected countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the ...
Seven killed as Ugandans, South Sudanese clash at border KAMPALA: At least seven people were killed in a string of clashes either side of Uganda and South Sudan's border, a remote area plagued by cattle rustling and conflicts over territory, Uganda's military said. The fighting started on Thursday when South Sudanese gunmen detained Ugandan local government officials carrying out a census, accusing them of straying into South Sudanese territory, said Uganda's military spokesman Paddy Ankunda. That triggered demonstrations in the Ugandan border town of ...
Ebola infections cross 5000 mark in West Africa: WHO ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly said that the number of people infected by the Ebola virus in West Arica has crossed 5,000.The United Nations agency confirmed that while the number of suspected and confirmed cases stands at 5,335 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the death toll has risen to 2 622, News 24 reported.The number of people infected and killed by Ebola infection is the highest in Liberia, WHO said.Copyright APP ...
84 South Africans killed in Nigeria church collapse: official JOHANNESBURG: The number of South Africans known to have died in the collapse of a multi-storey megachurch in Lagos last week has risen to 84, Pretoria's high commissioner to Nigeria said on Friday."The number has risen from 67 to 84, with more bodies discovered on Thursday," Lulu Mnguni told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Former Ivory Coast president backs Ouattara for 2015 election DAOUKRO: Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday received the endorsement of former president Henri Konan Bedie for re-election in 2015, boosting his chances of a second term. Support from Bedie, who heads the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI), was previously uncertain and some had speculated that his party would field a separate candidate."Before the nation assembled here, I am giving clear guidance to support your candidacy at the next presidential election," Bedie said, ...


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