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Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as official evacuated MONROVIA: Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia's West Point slum which has been contained as part of new security measures aimed at containing the deadly virus.The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world scramble to stem the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 1,200 people across west Africa this year.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf quarantined West Point and Dolo Town, to the east of the capital, and imposed a night-time curfew as part of new drastic measures to fight the disease. Residents of West Point, where club-wielding youths stormed an Ebola medical facility on Saturday, reacted with fury to the crackdown, hurling stones and shouting at the security forces."It is inhumane," ...

Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases MONROVIA: Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the deadly disease, while new suspected cases in Asia sparked fears of it spreading from Africa.Four residents were injured in Monrovia's West Point slum when soldiers opened fire on crowds and used tear gas as they tried to evacuate a state official and her family from the quarantined quarter.The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world ...
Drug blocks Ebola-like virus in monkey tests WASHINGTON: An experimental drug treatment can help monkeys survive an otherwise deadly infection with a tropical virus called Marburg, which is similar to Ebola, researchers said Wednesday.The findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine show the potential for a similar drug treatment against Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic virus that is sweeping across West Africa in the largest outbreak to date.There is no available drug or vaccine for Ebola, which has killed 1,350 people and infected ...
Liberia imposes curfew as Ebola crisis grows MONROVIA: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew from Wednesday and quarantined two affected neighbourhoods in a bid to stem the Ebola epidemic rampaging through West Africa."Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am (2100 to 0600 GMT)," Sirleaf said in a radio address late Tuesday."All entertainment centres are to be closed. All video centres are to be closed at 6:00 pm," she ordered.The new quarantine ...
Somali journalists urge fair trial for colleagues MOGADISHU: Somalia's journalist union on Monday urged the government to ensure a fair trial of three colleagues arrested last week when security forces stormed a major radio station for "negative" broadcasts.Radio Shabelle and its sister station Sky FM were shut down Friday after they were reportedly critical of a military operation to disarm a militia leader in the capital Mogadishu that escalated into heavy gun battles.The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said journalists had ...
Somali pirate kingpin arrested: security sources MOGADISHU: Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources said Tuesday.Mohamed Garfanji was seized late Sunday in the capital Mogadishu along with several of his well-armed bodyguards, according to foreign and Somali security sources.There was no official confirmation from the internationally-backed government, and sources could not confirm if he was still being held.Both the United States and the ...
Libya shuts TV stations taken over by Islamists BENGHAZI: Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said on Tuesday."The authorities have closed 'Libya al-Wataniya' which had been under the control of the provisional government and 'Libya al-Ramia' which was the voice of parliament," the official said, asking not to be named.He said Nilesat had accepted requests from the heads of Libya's government and parliament to halt ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
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