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Nigeria declares national emergency over Ebola ABUJA: Nigeria's president declared a national emergency on Friday over the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed two lives in Africa's most populous country."President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Friday in Abuja declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a national emergency," his office said in a statement.The president called on the population to avoid large gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the virus."Religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, associations and other bodies should discourage gatherings and activities that may unwittingly promote close contact with infected persons or place others at risk," said the presidency.Jonathan also approved the immediate release of 1.9 billion naira ($11.6 million, 8.7 million euros) to fund measures against the spread of the virus.Among measures to be undertaken include the setting up of additional isolation centres, screening at borders and contact tracing. In addition, the president warned against any movement ...

EU offers extra 8mn euros, new mobile lab, to fight Ebola BRUSSELS: The European Union on Friday allocated an extra eight million euros ($10 million) and a new mobile laboratory to help fight the Ebola outbreak spiralling out of control in West Africa.The new funds bring total European Commission funding for the crisis to 11.9 million euros."We are determined to fight the further spread of the deadly epidemic. Many lives depend on our immediate assistance," said the EU's Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.A second EU-provided mobile ...
WHO declares Ebola epidemic a global emergency GENEVA: The World Health Organisation on Friday declared the killer Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of west Africa an international health emergency and appealed for global aid to help afflicted countries.The decision came after a rare, two-day closed-door session of the UN health body's emergency committee, which urged exit screening of all people flying out of affected countries, where nearly 1,000 people have died.The WHO stopped short of calling for global travel restrictions, urging airlines to ...
At least 52 stampeding buffaloes killed in Zambia LUSAKA: At least 52 Cape buffaloes in a herd crossing a river in Zambia's largest game reserve were killed in a stampede, wildlife authorities said on Tuesday.The incident occurred on Friday in Kafue National Park, in the south of the country, which is home to thousands of Cape buffaloes."We have so far counted 52 buffaloes but there could be more as we suspect some might have been eaten by crocodiles," said Readith Muliyunda, the spokesman ...
Winnie launches legal claim to Mandela's home: report JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has launched a legal claim to the former South African leader's rural home, local media reported on Tuesday.Her lawyers said in a letter quoted by the Daily Dispatch newspaper that since the house in Qunu was bought while the two were still married, traditional custom dictated it should be inherited by Madikizela-Mandela and their children."This position becomes applicable irrespective of whether the wife was divorced or not," lawyer Mvuyo ...
French troops kill militiamen in Central Africa BANGUI: French peacekeeping troops killed several militiamen after they came under attack during a patrol in the north of the Central African Republic, an officer with the African peacekeeping force said on Tuesday.Backed by war planes, the French troops opened fire using heavy weapons on gunmen from the former rebel movement Seleka who attacked them when they entered Batangafo on Monday, the officer said on condition of anonymity. Several fighters were killed, he added.Copyright AFP ...
Ghana seeks IMF bailout after currency plunge WASHINGTON: Ghana has requested aid from the International Monetary Fund to stem a plunge in its currency and close a large fiscal deficit, President John Mahama said on Monday.Mahama, in Washington for a US-Africa summit, said his country needs help to make structural adjustments, including to the huge government wage bill, so that it can balance its budget within a few years."The international capital markets think there is a credibility gap unless you have the ...


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