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West Africa marks end of deadly Ebola outbreak MONROVIA: Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in west Africa of the tropical virus that has left more than 11,300 people dead in the region since late 2013.Liberia was the country worst hit with more than 4,800 Liberians killed by the virus, and was awaiting the all-clear following the discharge of its last known patients in May."Liberia is again free of Ebola. We have just ended the incubation period following the last case," Sorbor George, chief of communication at the ministry, told AFP.The west African nation has now passed the World Health Organization (WHO) threshold of 42 days -- twice the incubation period for the virus -- since the last known patient tested negative for the second time."WHO commends Liberia's government and people on their effective response to this recent re-emergence of Ebola," said WHO Representative in Liberia Alex Gasasira in ...

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Liberia declares latest Ebola outbreak over MONROVIA: Liberia's health ministry said Thursday the country was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in west Africa.Liberia was the country worst hit by the outbreak that began in neighbouring Guinea in December 2013, with more than 4,800 Liberians killed by the virus."Liberia is again free of Ebola. We have just ended the incubation period following the last case," Sorbor George, chief of communication at ...

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Nigerian oil rebels reject peace talks LAGOS: The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group on Wednesday rejected a truce offer to end attacks on key oil infrastructure that has cut output in Nigeria.The NDA wrote on its Twitter account @NDAvengers: "We're not negotiating with any committee. If (the) federal government is discussing with any group they're doing that on their own." Nigeria's government this week announced it had set up a committee headed by the national security advisor to open talks ...

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Kenya bans protests against electoral body as violence escalates NAIROBI: The Kenyan government said on Tuesday it had banned all opposition protests against the country's electoral body after an escalation of violence at rallies held every Monday since early April. Kenya is not due to hold its next presidential election until August 2017. But tensions have been rising amid clashes between security forces and opposition leaders and their supporters who accuse senior officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of favouring President ...

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South Africa's Zuma and finmin meet to discuss state-owned firms before Fitch review JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan met on Tuesday to discuss measures to turn around the economy and struggling state owned firms a day before a ratings review by Fitch. State-owned companies, which Treasury has said have 467 billion rand ($31 billion) in state guarantees, have been singled out by ratings agencies as a major risk to the credit rating of Africa's most industrialised economy. South Africa has dodged downgrades ...

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Nigeria seeks talks to end oil attacks: minister ABUJA: Nigeria's government and military chiefs on Tuesday met governors of oil-producing states after announcing it planned peace talks with militants who have repeatedly attacked pipelines and installations, slashing output.President Muhammadu Buhari last week ordered enhanced security in the restive oil-producing south, sending gunboats and fighter jets into the creeks and swamps of the Niger delta to hunt down the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) rebels.But junior oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said late on Monday ...

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Latest Boko Haram attack in Niger forces thousands to flee DAKAR: An estimated 50,000 people have fled Boko Haram attacks in southeast Niger since Friday, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday, adding to a humanitarian crisis caused by the spread of violence in the region.The militant group first took the town of Bosso near the Nigerian border on Friday in an attack in which 30 soldiers from Niger and two from Nigeria were killed.It was the deadliest assault in Niger by Boko Haram since ...