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West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO GENEVA: West Africa's Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday.Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea."We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before," said Fukuda, whose agency has rushed scores of aid workers to the region to contain the epidemic."This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced," he said. The most severe strains have had a 90 percent fatality rate, and there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment.The outbreak has sparked fear in Guinea, where a mob in the south of the country last week attacked international aid workers, who ...

Two foreign nationals shot dead in central Somalia: official MOGADISHU: Two foreign nationals were shot dead on Monday at an airport in Galkaio, central Somalia, officials and witnesses said."Two white men have been shot inside the airport as they got off a plane," local security official Mohamed Mire said.Witnesses said one of the victims died on the spot while the other was rushed to hospital where he later died.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Chad says UN accusations over Central Africa killings 'defamatory' N'DJAMENA: Chad on Saturday dismissed as "defamatory and tendentious" UN accusations that its troops carried out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in the Central African Republic's capital, killing at least 30 people."The government of the Republic of Chad expresses its surprise and indignation faced with the purported investigation published by the United Nations Human Rights Commission," said a government statement sent to AFP.On Friday the UN said that an ...
West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers BAMAKO: Several west African countries geared up on Friday to tackle killer haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea and just seen suspect cases emerge in Mali, after Liberia and Sierra Leone.The health minister in Mali, one of Guinea's neighbours, late Thursday announced three suspect cases of Ebola and said the victims had been placed in isolation, while test samples were sent to the US Center for Disease Control.On ...
Egypt police general killed in Cairo campus blasts CAIRO: Two bombs targeting security posts near Cairo University exploded in quick succession on Wednesday killing a police general, followed by a third blast as police and journalists gathered at the scene.Witnesses said the blasts sent up a cloud of smoke and dust near the campus, the site of repeated clashes in the past few months between police and Islamist student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.The third bomb struck close to the main gates, ...
Two blasts in central Cairo: state TV, witnesses CAIRO: Two large explosions were heard near Cairo University in the centre of the Egyptian capital on Wednesday, state television and witnesses said.The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear, but militants have carried out bomb attacks in a campaign against the military-installed government.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Ugandan president leads rally backing new anti-gay laws KAMPALA: Thousands of Ugandans led by President Yoweri Museveni held a rally on Monday celebrating tough new anti-gay laws, praising the bill despite international criticism and donor aid cuts."Thank you for saving the future of Uganda," read signs held by the demonstrators, who marched through the streets of the capital Kampala.Last month, Museveni signed a bill that calls for "repeat homosexuals" to be jailed for life and requires people to report homosexuals.US Secretary of State ...


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