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Nigeria pledges 600 volunteers as Africa steps up Ebola fight ABUJA/FREETOWN: Nigeria pledged on Thursday to send a contingent of 600 volunteers to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa.With financial pledges flowing in from around the world but trained doctors and nurses scarce in the three worst effected countries -- Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the African Union appealed last week to member states to urgently fill the gap.African nations' response to the crisis has drawn criticism, with officials in Liberia bemoaning a lack of African solidarity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has rebuked some African countries for closing borders to Ebola-hit states, saying this worsened their suffering by cutting off supplies.Nigeria, the continent's largest economy and top oil producer, gained experience in containing Ebola after an air traveller imported the virus from Liberia in July, infecting 20 people and killing 8."Nigeria has 600 health workers who ...

Nigeria police say five dead in bomb blast at northern bus station KANO, Nigeria: A bomb blast at a bus station in restive northern Nigeria's Bauchi state killed five people and injured 12 others, police said on Thursday, confirming overnight witness reports. "At about 9:45 pm (2045 GMT Wednesday) there was a bomb blast at (a) motor park roundabout in Azare town," police spokesman Mohammed Haruna said. "Five persons burnt beyond recognition were certified dead, while twelve others sustained various degrees of injury."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations ADDIS ABABA: African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to Ebola-hit west African nations, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday.AU Commission chair Dlamini-Zuma will visit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia "to assess the situation first hand", her spokesman said in a statement, without giving the exact dates of the trip.She will be accompanied by UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) chief Carlos Lopes, as well ...
Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope TUNIS: Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.After three weeks of largely low-key campaigning, more than five million voters are to elect 217 deputies in a ballot pitting the Ennahda movement -- the country's largest party -- against a host of secular groups.Tunisia has enjoyed relative stability since the region's 2011 uprisings ...
Blast kills six security forces in Egypt's Sinai CAIRO: At least six Egyptian security force personnel were killed by a remotely detonated roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, medical and security sources said.The bomb exploded as a patrol responsible for protecting a natural gas pipeline passed by, the sources said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Women, children killed in new attack in east DR Congo: official GOMA: Twenty-two people, most of them women and children, have been killed in a new attack in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after a similar massacre, a government official said on Saturday.The attack left 10 women, eight children and four men dead, a local government official told AFP. It occurred some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the town of Beni in the North Kivu province, where rebels slaughtered 26 ...
Lab half a world away at center of West Africa Ebola fight WINNIPEG: A soldier with a fever and a bad cough walked into a Canadian hospital and was swiftly quarantined, while his blood was tested for Ebola here at one of the world's few "level four" labs.Days earlier, he had travelled to Sierra Leone as a member of an aircrew that delivered 128,000 face shields to doctors and nurses fighting an outbreak that has claimed more than 4,000 lives.His blood sample was sent from the Belleville, ...

 



 
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