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UN chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit HASTINGS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people.Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients.He visited an Ebola treatment centre outside Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, and listened as 28-year-old nurse Rebecca Johnson told how she contracted Ebola while treating patients only to survive and then return to work."We will stand with Sierra Leone until this outbreak is under control and the country has recovered from its impact," Ban said, calling Johnson's story was "touching and moving."Sierra Leone now accounts for more than half of the 18,603 total confirmed cases since the outbreak was detected in March in the forests ...

Kenyan leader signs controversial anti-terror bill into law NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed into law a controversial anti-terror bill that sparked brawls in parliament and charges that it violated basic freedoms.Kenyatta said he was satisfied that the amendments passed by the National Assembly on Thursday did not breach the bill of rights."All concerns raised by the different stakeholders were addressed by the relevant parliamentary committees," he told journalists, calling on all Kenyans to read the new law and ascertain this ...
54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: lawyer ABUJA: A Nigerian court martial on Wednesday sentenced to death 54 soldiers convicted of mutiny after they allegedly refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram militants in the northeast, their lawyer said. "They sentenced 54 to death and acquitted five," said prominent human rights lawyer Femi Falana, following a verdict in the trial that began on October 15 and was conducted behind closed doors. Military officials were not immediately available for comment.Copyright AFP ...
Ebola centres overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight DEVIL HOLE: Ebola centres in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa's worst-hit country. President Ernest Bai Koroma said on national television that travel between all parts of the country had been restricted as part of "Operation Western Area Surge", and public gatherings would be strictly controlled in the run-up to ...
Two Egyptians, two Emiratis killed in military aircraft crash CAIRO: Four crew members were killed, two of them Egyptian and two Emirati, when their military aircraft crashed during joint exercises on Wednesday, officials said.The crash occurred in Egypt, the UAE's official news agency WAM said.The crash was caused by a technical problem, the Egyptian military said in a statement, without specifying what type of aircraft was involved.Egypt and the United Arab Emirates enjoy a close relationship, cooperating in various fields besides military activities.In August ...
UN chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries: UN sources UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday.Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said.The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of international efforts to beat back the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which ...
Tunisia looks to cap off revolution with presidential vote TUNIS: Tunisians vote in the second round of a presidential election on Sunday, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring.Incumbent Moncef Marzouki faces political veteran Beji Caid Essebsi in the vote -- the first time Tunisians will be allowed to freely elect their president since independence from France in 1956.It was protests in Tunisia and the 2011 ouster of longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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