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United Nations says $1bn needed to fight Ebola ISLAMABAD: Nearly $1.0 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said Tuesday, more than doubling the estimate it made less than a month ago.UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Geneva there was a "huge funding challenge", warning that "if not dealt with effectively now, Ebola could become a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected," Khaleej Times Reported.The response to the crisis will require $987.8 million (763 million euros), with about half needed for the worst-hit country, Liberia, the UN said in its response plan.It stressed there were some 22 million people living in the three countries most affected by the outbreak.The UN announcement came as the death toll from the worst-ever Ebola epidemic rose to 2,461, out of 4,985 cases in the three west African countries that have borne the brunt of the disease, according to fresh figures ...

Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control' ATLANTA: President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.Speaking as he unveiled a major new US initiative which will see 3,000 US military personnel deployed to West Africa to combat the growing health crisis, Obama said the outbreak was spreading "exponentially.""Here's the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is ...
Kenya aims to add 1,200 MW to creaking power grid NAIROBI: Kenya plans to add 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid from natural gas deposits, the energy minister said on Tuesday, taking steps to address chronic power shortages that critics say have discouraged investments.Davis Chirchir said the government was also considering a second attempt to seek bids for the construction of a 700 MW liquefied natural gas power plant near the port city of Mombasa.Firms who tendered last year for the LNG ...
Death toll hits 57 from Nigeria building collapse LAGOS: The death toll from a collapsed guesthouse at a megachurch in Nigeria's financial capital Lagos hit 57 on Tuesday, rescuers said, as they held out hopes that more survivors would be found.Eight bodies were pulled overnight from the rubble of a collapsed guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos' Ikotun neighbourhood, Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told AFP by text message.Farinloye said rescuers extracted a ...
Nine killed in tourist bus crash in Egypt CAIRO: At least nine Egyptians were killed and 30 people injured, including an American and a Russian, in a tourist bus accident in southern Egypt on Tuesday, officials said.The bus collided with another vehicle near the city of Beni Suef, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Cairo, while travelling along a desert road from the temple city of Luxor to the Egyptian capital."Nine people were killed and 30 others, including two foreigners, were injured ...
12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: court martial ABUJA: Twelve Nigerian soldiers were on Tuesday sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri earlier this year.A nine-member military tribunal, sitting in Abuja, convicted the soldiers following the incident on May 14 when shots were fired at the commanding officer of the Nigerian Army's 7th Division, which is tasked with fighting Boko Haram insurgents.Court president Brigadier General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo said the sentences ...
Separatists vow to speak with single voice in Mali talks ALGIERS: Malian separatist militias agreed Sunday to speak with a "single voice" in talks with Bamako on ending conflicts that still rage a year after Mali returned to democracy.The APS news agency in Algeria, which is hosting a second round of talks between separatist groups and Malian government representatives, announced the move."Now it's one voice who will speak on behalf of the people of Azawad (northern Mali)," APS reported Ibrahim Ag Mohamed Salah, president of ...


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