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Senegal reports first case of Ebola DAKAR: Senegal confirmed its first case of Ebola on Friday, as the country's health minister announced that a young Guinean had tested positive for the deadly virus.Guinean health services had reported on Wednesday "the disappearance of a person infected with Ebola who reportedly travelled to Senegal," Senegalese health minister Awa Marie Coll-Seck said, adding that the infected patient was a young Guinean man who was immediately quarantined. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

South Africa convicts four of plot to kill Rwandan ex-general KRUGERSDORP: A South African court on Friday convicted four men of attempting to murder a Rwandan former general who had fled after falling out with the east African country's strongman, Paul Kagame.Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found three Tanzanians and one Rwandan "guilty of attempted murder" after acquitting two other Rwandans -- the alleged mastermind and General Kayumba Nyamwasa's former driver.Mkhari also concluded that the bid to assassinate Nyamwasa was politically motivated."The attempted murder of General Nyamwasa ...
Nigeria confirms Ebola death in oil city of Port Harcourt ABUJA: Nigeria on Thursday said that a doctor had died from Ebola in the southeastern oil city of Port Harcourt in the first case of the deadly virus outside the financial hub, Lagos.Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the medic died on August 22 after treating a patient who had contact with a Liberian-American man, who brought the virus into Nigeria and died in a Lagos hospital on July 25."Following the report of this death by ...
South Sudan army, rebels trade blame for downing UN helicopter JUBA: South Sudan's rebels and army traded blame on Wednesday for shooting down a UN helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war."The rebels shot it down," army spokesman Philip Aguer said, while rebel spokesman Mabior Garang said: "This was not our work." The UN Security Council on Wednesday confirmed the cargo helicopter was downed by an "attack" that killed three Russian crew members and injured ...
Niger parliament head to be questioned in baby-trafficking case NIAMEY: The head of parliament in Niger will be interrogated as part of a probe into international baby-trafficking, sources said on Wednesday.Hama Amadou is suspected of "complicity" in the trafficking of babies born in Nigeria and trafficked into Niger via Benin. But Amadou, who is considered the leading challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou ahead of elections in 2016, has denounced the charges as politically motivated and said it would involve a breach of his parliamentary ...
Ethiopia's herbal high struggles after foreign ban AWADAY: For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a drug that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia's Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back.As the sun sets on the small eastern town, farmers and brokers of the amphetamine shrub rouse from an afternoon slumber to cut deals in the bustling market, one of the busiest centres of international trade for the leaves.Khat, a multi-million dollar business for countries across the Horn ...
Libyan raids herald bolder Arab action as US role wavers DUBAI: Air strikes by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Libyan Islamists as alleged by Washington despite denials from Cairo and the Gulf state would mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world.If true, Arab responsibility for the attacks would also add to a picture of the West's regional allies acting increasingly independently in the absence of decisive US involvement, seeking security goals with which Washington may not ...


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