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Cuba's Ebola aid latest example of 'medical diplomacy' HAVANA: Cuba's pledge to deploy a 165-strong army of doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak is the latest example of the Communist country's decades-old tradition of "medical diplomacy."Since 1960, when Cuba dispatched a team of doctors to help with the aftermath of an earthquake in Chile, the Caribbean island has sent more than 135,000 medical staff to all corners of the globe.The latest batch being sent to help in west Africa's Ebola crisis are part of a 50,000-strong foreign legion of Cuban doctors and healthcare workers spread across 66 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa, according to Cuba's Health Ministry.Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda told reporters in Geneva on Friday some 62 doctors and 103 nurses were being sent to Sierra Leone to tackle the outbreak.World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan welcomed the Cuban aid, the largest offer of a foreign medical team from ...

Ebola toll hits 2,400 as Cuba pledges medics GENEVA: The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people, the UN said Friday, as Cuba pledged the largest foreign medical team deployed so far in the west African health crisis.World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warned the spiralling epidemic of the murderous tropical virus demanded a stronger, faster response from the international community.In the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, "the number is moving faster than the capacity to manage them," ...
Nigeria says army repels militants outside northeast city ABUJA: Nigeria's military beat back an attack by Islamist insurgents outside the Borno state capital Maiduguri on Friday and sent in reinforcements to stop any assault on the northeastern city, the government said.Authorities were struggling to reassure frightened locals that the armed forces would defend them against the Boko Haram militants, who have overrun a string of towns and villages in the area in recent weeks. Maiduguri residents said they heard gunfire and explosions coming ...
Pistorius found guilty of one gun charge PRETORIA: South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligently handling a gun in restaurant, but acquitted him on two other firearm charges.In the state's first victory after the shock dismissal of murder charges against the star athlete, the judge said Pistorius was guilty of recklessly discharging a firearm in a packed Johannesburg restaurant.Pistorius was accused of asking to see a gun in Tasha's restaurant and while handling it under the ...
Cuba to send 165 health workers to fight Ebola in Africa GENEVA: Cuba is to send 165 healthcare workers to West Africa to help in the battle against the world's worst ever epidemic of the Ebola virus, the country's health minister said on Friday.Speaking at a news conference at the headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Cuba's minister of public health, said the first of his workers would begin arriving in Sierra Leone in early October.Some 2,300 people in West ...
Pistorius arrives in court for second day of verdict  PRETORIA: Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius arrived in court on Friday to face judgement for culpable homicide, a verdict that will decide if he walks free after his shock murder acquittal.Surrounded by bodyguards, the sprinter pushed his way through the throng of media to get inside the Pretoria High Court, for what is expected to be the final day of judgement in his trial for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day 2013.Copyright AFP ...
Cleared of murder, Pistorius faces homicide verdict PRETORIA: Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius faces judgement on a charge of culpable homicide on Friday after being acquitted of murdering his model girlfriend in a shock decision that legal experts described as too lenient.In a globally-broadcast live television verdict, Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday found the double amputee "Blade Runner" not guilty of deliberately killing 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp."The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," Masipa ...


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