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Ebola threatening Liberia's existence, minister warns MONROVIA: Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like "wild fire", the defence minister warned Tuesday, following a grim World Health Organization assessment that the worst is yet to come.After predicting an "exponential increase" in infections across West Africa, the WHO warned that Liberia, which has accounted for half of all fatalities, could initially only hope to slow the contagion, not stop it."Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence," Defense Minister Brownie Samukai told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday.The disease is "now spreading like wild fire, devouring everything in its path," he said.The WHO upped the Ebola death toll on Tuesday to 2,296 out of 4,293 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria as of September 6. Nearly half of all infections had occurred in the past 21 days, it said.The agency also evacuated its second ...

Kerry to hold Arab anti-IS talks Wednesday: Egypt official CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State, a senior Egyptian foreign ministry official said.The talks in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, which will continue into Thursday, will be attended by ministers from Egypt, Jordan and the six Gulf Arab states as well as Iraq, the official told AFP.The ministers "are going to meet Kerry ...
Hard times for 'red gold' divers in Morocco's El Dorado EL JADIDA: Harvesting mineral-rich seaweed on Morocco's Atlantic coast, Attibari Lemkhanter worries that the plant known locally as "red gold" is becoming increasingly scarce. "There are more and more divers and less and less red seaweed," Lemkhanter sighed as he worked on a beach in El Jadida, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Casablanca.Collected during three months of summer on a narrow stretch of coastline, the red seaweed is used to produce "agar-agar" -- ...
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 ...
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, ...


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