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New Ebola case in Liberian capital: health ministry MONROVIA: Liberia has registered a new case of Ebola in the capital, the health ministry said Friday, more than two months after the epidemic was declared over in the country."There is a new case of Ebola in Monrovia. We are coming soon with an official statement," a ministry of health official told AFP.A resurgence of Ebola in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people in the last few weeks, but it is not known if the Liberian case is linked.The World Health Organization was first alerted to the reappearance of Ebola symptoms among a family in Guinea on March 16, the same day it declared a similar flare-up over in Sierra Leone.The WHO confirmed it was aware of the case, tweeting: "A new case of #Ebola is confirmed in #Liberia. Investigation and #EbolaResponse now underway."Liberia was the country worst hit by the outbreak with 4,800 deaths.The WHO said on ...

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Egypt's Sisi approves growth plan, deficit-cutting budget CAIRO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi approved the 2016-2017 draft budget on Thursday, as well as an economic development plan, and sent both to parliament for passage, state news agency MENA said. The draft budget reduces the deficit for 2016-17 to 9.8 percent of gross domestic product from the current 11.5 percent, and the development plan targets a growth rate of 5.2 percent versus 4.4 percent now, MENA said. Egypt's government had on Wednesday approved ...

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Two killed, 15 injured in central Somalia mosque blast MOGADISHU: Two people were killed and 15 others wounded when an explosion ripped through a mosque in the central Somalia region of Hiiraan during evening prayers on Thursday, police said. Local residents and police said it was unlikely that militants would target a mosque and thought the blast in the central town of Beledweyne was probably an accident. "We believe it was grenade that was accidentally dropped by those who were praying," a senior police ...

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UN could vote Friday on police presence in Burundi UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council could vote as early as Friday on a French-drafted resolution that would lay the groundwork for a UN police presence to help quell violence in Burundi, diplomats said.The draft resolution requests that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hold talks with the Burundian government and the African Union on the proposed international presence and present options to the Security Council within 15 days.The text, obtained by AFP on Thursday, provides for ...

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Nigeria's Buhari to check budget bill ‘ministry by ministry’ before signing ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will check the 2016 budget bill that parliament passed last week "ministry by ministry" before signing it, he said on Thursday, signalling further delays before the legislation takes effect. The budget for Africa's top oil producer has been held up for months as Buhari had to withdraw his original bill, which set spending at a record $30 billion, in January, due to an unrealistic oil price assumption and flaws in ...

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Timeline of Zuma's home improvement troubles JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma must pay back part of a disputed, multi-million-dollar upgrade to his private compound, the nation's highest court ruled Thursday.Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said Zuma "failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land," in a ruling that sparked calls for him to be impeached.The court's rebuke comes on top of separate allegations that a wealthy Indian family weighed on ministerial appointments made by ...

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South Africa's top court says Zuma must reimburse state JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution when he ignored the order of an anti-corruption watchdog to repay some of the $16 million spent to upgrade his private home, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.After delivering a stinging rebuke to the scandal-plagued leader, the court gave Zuma 105 days to repay the "reasonable cost" of non-security-related upgrades to his sprawling rural residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.The unanimous ruling ...