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Second WHO doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN: The World Health Organization said on Monday that one of its doctors in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus and will be evacuated. "A WHO doctor working in an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease," it said in a statement. "The doctor is currently in stable condition in Freetown, and will be evacuated shortly."It is the second WHO employee to contract the virus in Sierra Leone after a Senegalese medical expert was diagnosed in late August and evacuated to Hamburg, Germany, where he was said to be "in a stable condition" on Monday. The nationality of the latest victim has not been released. The WHO has provided mentoring and direction at the Ebola treatment centre, which is located in the Kenema Government Hospital. The centre lost its head doctor, Umar Khan, who died from the virus in late July. He ...

Ebola-hit Liberia ends lockdown on quarantined town MONROVIA: The Liberian government said on Monday it was lifting a quarantine on an Ebola hotspot near the country's international airport and announced a relaxation of its night-time curfew.The 17,000 residents of Dolo Town, 75 kilometres (47 miles) east of Monrovia, have been trapped since officials blockaded them in more than two weeks ago, amid an alarming spike in Ebola cases."The government of Liberia has lifted the quarantine on Dolo Town with immediate effect," state-run ...
Foreign investors urged to join Tunisia democratic 'startup' TUNIS: Tunisia on Monday urged foreign investment in its democratic "startup", three years after the country set the ball rolling on the Arab Spring uprisings that swept away longtime dictators."To invest in Tunisia, in this startup, is to invest in democracy," Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told an international investment conference in Tunis.His visiting French counterpart, Manuel Valls, backed the appeal. "At a time when chaos threatens Libya, when barbarity is rampant in Iraq and Syria, ...
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, ...
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 ...


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