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Ebola spread is exponential in Liberia, thousands of cases expected soon: WHO GENEVA: The Ebola virus is spreading fast in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases are expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health Organisation said on Monday."Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," WHO said in a statement. The organisation noted that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are "a hot source of potential virus transmission" because they are not disinfected in Liberia, where conventional Ebola control measures "are not having an adequate impact".The United Nations agency said aid partners needed to scale up efforts against Ebola by three- to fourfold in Liberia and elsewhere in West African countries battling the epidemic. In Liberia, the disease has killed 1,089 people among 1,871 cases, the highest national toll, according to the WHO's update of last Friday. Overall in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, 2,097 have died out of 3,944 cases. ...

Liberia's Ebola disposal teams preserve life after death MONROVIA: Heavily pregnant when she died, Fatimah Jakemah is lifted unceremoniously by experts in biohazard suits and zipped into a body bag, another practically anonymous victim of the world's worst ever Ebola outbreak.There isn't time to ask about her life story or reflect on the family she may have left behind as the Red Cross team disinfects everything she might have touched and moves onto the next house."She was 20 years old and this was ...
Iran cultural centre in Sudan padlocked: AFP KHARTOUM: Iran's main cultural centre in the Sudanese capital was padlocked on Sunday, an AFP correspondent reported, and officials said the decision was final.The Iranian flag still flew above the building on one of Khartoum's main roads across from the airport.But an AFP reporter found the gate padlocked and no sign of anybody inside.Tehran last week denied the centre and others had been shut on orders by Khartoum, despite generally close relations between the two ...
Egypt to try Morsi for giving Qatar security papers CAIRO: Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will be tried on accusations that he handed over to Qatar documents relating to national security, the state prosecutor said on Saturday.The ex-president is already facing the death penalty in several trials, and his supporters have been the target of a deadly crackdown by authorities since his ouster in July 2013.No date has yet been set for the new trial facing Morsi, who is suspected of providing the sensitive ...
Malawi cancels arms deal with South African firm: report BLANTYRE: Malawi's new government has cancelled a $145 million arms deal with South Africa's Paramount Group, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe told Saturday's Nation newspaper."The agreement between the Malawi Government and Paramount Group has been abrogated. That is all I can confirm and say," Gondwe said.The paper quoted a source within the finance ministry as saying the government of President Peter Mutharika told the firm the deal was "illegal and expensive".The agreement with Paramount, Africa's largest ...
Renegade Lesotho general 'seizes weapons' MASERU: A Lesotho general suspected of involvement in last week's attempted coup has seized army weapons in preparation for a possible stand-off, a top military commander told AFP on Friday.Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, who has refused to step down as the commander of the Lesotho Defence Forces, seized a cache including anti-aircraft guns, mortars and small arms from state armouries."He has refused to vacate offices and depleted armouries," Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao said, adding the ...
US confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia strike WASHINGTON: The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a US airstrike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated militants."We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al Shabaab, has been killed," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said in a statement. Since taking charge of al Shabaab in 2008, Godane ...


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