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Infected Ebola patients flee after attack on Liberia clinic MONROVIA: Club-wielding youths attacked an Ebola quarantine centre in Liberia's capital on Sunday, forcing 17 infected patients to flee and striking a fresh blow to efforts to contain the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.The attack highlighted the challenge faced by health authorities struggling against the epidemic that has killed 1,145 people since it erupted in west Africa early this year, spreading panic among local populations.Doctors and nurses are not only fighting the disease, but a deep mistrust in communities often in the thrall of wild rumours that the virus was invented by the West."They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the raid in Monrovia's densely populated West Point slum. The attackers, mostly young men armed with clubs, shouted that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf "is broke" and "there's no Ebola,@ she said.The head of Health Workers Association of Liberia, ...

South African lawmaker who backed cannabis for medical use dies JOHANNESBURG: A South African opposition lawmaker who had called for the legalisation of cannabis for medical use died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer, his party said.Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, a member of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), had opted for alternative treatment for the disease instead of chemotherapy after his diagnosis over a year ago."Since day one. when diagnosed with terminal cancer without any previous symptoms, he decided on his course of treatment and adjusted ...
Woman in Scotland tests negative for Ebola LONDON: A woman who fell ill at a deportation facility in Scotland has tested negative for the Ebola virus, health officials said Saturday.British media said the female detainee was in her 30s and from Sierra Leone, one of the countries worst affected by the west African Ebola outbreak.She was being held at the Dungavel House centre south of Glasgow, which is used to house unsuccessful asylum seekers before they are deported from Britain. The facility ...
DR Congo opposition figure Tshisekedi medevaced to Belgium KINSHASA: Etienne Tshisekedi, an 81-year-old prominent opposition politician in the Democratic Republic of Congo, left Kinshasa for Brussels early Saturday on a specially-arranged medical flight, an AFP journalist witnessed.Tshisekedi, who had not been seen in public for months, his wife Marthe, one of his children and a doctor boarded the plane, which took off at 0425 GMT.He was too weak to walk and was helped into the Air Alliance jet, which was to make several ...
Athletes from Ebola-hit nations barred from some Youth Olympics events GENEVA: Athletes from Ebola-hit countries in west Africa have been barred from competing in some sports in the Youth Olympics that open in China at the weekend, the International Olympic Committee and Chinese organisers said Friday."Athletes from affected areas will not compete in combat sports" and "it was also decided that no athletes from the region would compete in the pool," they said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Health workers make ultimate sacrifice to battle Ebola KAILAHUN: Placed in a disinfected coffin and driven alongside two bagged bodies on a flatbed truck, Modupeh Cole is buried without ceremony, tribute or tears, far away from his loved-ones.The eminent doctor, a specialist of some renoun at the Connaught Hospital in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, had been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus less than two weeks earlier.Examining a patient who, colleagues say, was probably the first Ebola case in the hospital's 102-year history, ...
South Africa admits Marikana errors, vows new approach on mines JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's new mining minister admitted on Wednesday that the government could have handled better the strike that led to the killing of 34 mineworkers in Marikana two years ago.The massacre after violent clashes with the police at the Lonmin platinum mine, north of Johannesburg during a work stoppage, has widely been compared to apartheid-era atrocities.Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he hoped there would never be a repeat of the killings and vowed to take ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
Reserves $13.925 bln