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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 now an epidemic of the likes that we have not seen before," Obama said."It's spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It's spreading faster and exponentially. Today, thousands of people in West Africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands."And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us."As ...

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 ...
Mali landmine kills UN peacekeeper, wounds four others BAMAKO: A landmine explosion hit a vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers from Chad on patrol in northeastern Mali on Sunday, killing one and seriously wounding four others, the UN mission in Mali said. The incident near Aguelhok town followed an apparently similar explosion in the same area on Sept. 2 in which four peacekeepers were killed and 15 wounded."These attacks on the United Nations constitute war crimes whose authors will be brought to justice. The United ...

 



 
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