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UN urges int'l support for recovery of Ebola-affected countries ISLAMABAD: Senior UN officials warned Friday that economies of the Ebola-hit countries have experienced significant setbacks, and called for enhanced and coordinated international support for the recovery efforts."The international response to date has been unprecedented in its speed and generosity, but much more will be asked before this emergency is over," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on " Ebola: A threat to sustainable development" Xinhua news reports Saturday.While Ebola virus has killed more than 6,000 people, he said, many more have died as fragile health systems have collapsed. The deadly virus has also disrupted education, agriculture, industry and commerce. More than 3,300 children have been orphaned.The UN chief noted that the social and economic impact of the Ebola crisis in West Africa has been broad and deep and would long outlast the outbreak."Before the Ebola outbreak, the economies of Guinea, ...

Two Sierra Leone doctors die of Ebola in one day FREETOWN: Two doctors died of Ebola in Sierra Leone on Friday, a government and a hospital source said, bringing to 10 the number of doctors killed in the country by the virus.The worst Ebola outbreak on record has torn through some of West Africa's weakest health systems, killing nearly 350 medical personnel, including 106 in Sierra Leone.The latest figures from the World Health Organisation showed Ebola has killed nearly 6,200 people, mainly in Liberia, Sierra ...
South Africa marks one year since death of Mandela JOHANNESBURG: South Africans on Friday began marking one year since the death of Nelson Mandela with services, blasting of vuvuzelas and a cricket match to honour his enormous legacy as an anti-apartheid icon and global beacon of hope.An interfaith service kicked off the day's events in Pretoria, at the Freedom Park building dedicated to the country's liberation heroes."Twenty years of democracy has been possible because of Mandela," tribal chief Ron Martin said as the sun ...
US health care worker in West Africa brought home for Ebola tests WASHINGTON: A US health care worker who has been assisting efforts in West Africa has been flown to the United States to be tested for Ebola in Atlanta, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.Emory University Hospital will monitor the patient to see if they have been infected, spokeswoman Holly Korschun told AFP."An American health care worker from West Africa who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is being transferred to Emory University Hospital's Serious Communicable ...
Zimbabwe's divided ruling party to elect new leaders HARARE: Divided as never before over ageing leader Robert Mugabe's succession, Zimbabwe's ruling party opens a key leadership congress Tuesday, with a host of heavyweights sidelined by a major purge.The elective congress -- to be attended by some 12,000 delegates -- is expected to endorse the 90-year-old Mugabe as party chief and his wife Grace as women's league boss.But several major players are unlikely to retain their posts after a purge in recent weeks targeting ...
Sisi sees new future for Egypt after Mubarak verdict CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said Egypt will never return to the past and is charting a new future, after a court dismissed murder charges against former leader Hosni Mubarak. A Cairo court on Saturday dropped the charges over the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended three decades of autocratic Mubarak rule.Seven of his security commanders, including feared former interior minister Habib al-Adly, were also acquitted over the deaths ...
Explosions, gunfire in Nigeria's Damaturu city: residents KANO: Explosions and gunfire rocked the north Nigerian city of Damaturu on Monday, in a suspected Boko Haram attack that targeted police, residents told AFP.The sound of blasts and heavy weapons being fired woke locals in the Gujba Road area of the Yobe state capital at about 4:45 am (0345 GMT), said Umar Sada, who lives in the area."We have left our homes. We are now in the bush. We don't know what's going to ...


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