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Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries BERLIN: Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.Germany's armed forces will send up to 100 soldiers to a joint base in Dakar and from there two German Transall military transport planes will fly supplies to affected countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the spokesman said. "That will enable more than 100 tonnes to be transported per week," he said, adding that France would also provide planes.German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her French counterpart agreed on the airlift at a meeting in Paris on Friday. The supplies will include medicines, medical equipment, blankets and tents. The aim was to improve the logistics chain, so Germany's armed forces will also collect goods from countries like Switzerland, Luxembourg ...

Seven killed as Ugandans, South Sudanese clash at border KAMPALA: At least seven people were killed in a string of clashes either side of Uganda and South Sudan's border, a remote area plagued by cattle rustling and conflicts over territory, Uganda's military said. The fighting started on Thursday when South Sudanese gunmen detained Ugandan local government officials carrying out a census, accusing them of straying into South Sudanese territory, said Uganda's military spokesman Paddy Ankunda. That triggered demonstrations in the Ugandan border town of ...
Ebola infections cross 5000 mark in West Africa: WHO ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly said that the number of people infected by the Ebola virus in West Arica has crossed 5,000.The United Nations agency confirmed that while the number of suspected and confirmed cases stands at 5,335 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the death toll has risen to 2 622, News 24 reported.The number of people infected and killed by Ebola infection is the highest in Liberia, WHO said.Copyright APP ...
84 South Africans killed in Nigeria church collapse: official JOHANNESBURG: The number of South Africans known to have died in the collapse of a multi-storey megachurch in Lagos last week has risen to 84, Pretoria's high commissioner to Nigeria said on Friday."The number has risen from 67 to 84, with more bodies discovered on Thursday," Lulu Mnguni told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Former Ivory Coast president backs Ouattara for 2015 election DAOUKRO: Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday received the endorsement of former president Henri Konan Bedie for re-election in 2015, boosting his chances of a second term. Support from Bedie, who heads the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI), was previously uncertain and some had speculated that his party would field a separate candidate."Before the nation assembled here, I am giving clear guidance to support your candidacy at the next presidential election," Bedie said, ...
Libyan PM seeks to reassert authority as oil production is hit BENGHAZI: Libya's acting prime minister sought to reassert authority over his turbulent country by naming a new cabinet on Wednesday, but some lawmakers threatened to veto his choices and a rival assembly continued to hold sway in the capital. In a sign of the government's inability to control the vast desert nation, which has been rocked by anarchy, Libya's biggest oilfield stopped working after rockets fired by an armed group hit a refinery storage tank. ...
West African powerhouse Ivory Coast battles to keep out Ebola ABIDJAN: The billboard depicts a masked health worker in a biohazard suit looming over a bed-ridden patient. Above them, bright red letters warn commuters on a busy Abidjan street that "The Ebola risk is always there".As Ivory Coast campaigns to fend off an Ebola outbreak ravaging neighbouring West African states, such grim reminders of the catastrophe unfolding across its western border are everywhere. The worst recorded outbreak of the virus has killed over 2,400 people ...

 



 
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