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Sierra Leone frees 55 from Ebola quarantine, but seeks 48 others FREETOWN: Only four people remained in quarantine in Sierra Leone on Wednesday after 55 others were declared free of the Ebola virus and released from hospital, officials and medical sources said.But medics were urgently seeking to contact around 50 others for testing, most of them from the northern town of Kambia, health ministry spokesman Harold Williams said.Sierra Leone was forced to re-open its Ebola treatment centres and relaunch screening systems, including checkpoints on motorways, late last month after two new cases of the tropical virus were confirmed."Forty-eight people are still classified as missing and 18 of them are high risk," he said, appealing for them to come forward. "We are only concerned about whether they are infected so that we can treat them to avoid any possible spreading of the virus," he said. The remaining four people in quarantine were scheduled to be released on February 11.There was a carnival ...

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Gbagbo forces 'shot unarmed ICoast protesters,' ICC told THE HAGUE: The first witness in the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo gave a harrowing account Wednesday of being shot at by troops loyal to the ex-leader during an unarmed march after 2010 polls."I was dragging my leg and saw that the bone was sticking out," the first prosecution witness identified only as P-547 told the International Criminal Court.His face pixellated on television screens and his voice disguised to protect his identity, the ...

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UN chief tells African leaders not to ‘cling to power’ ADDIS ABABA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders on Saturday they should not use legal loopholes or undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power", and that they should respect term limits.Ban was addressing a two-day summit the African Union, a group of 54 states where several leaders have been in power for decades, some have changed constitutions so they can stay on and others are accused of seeking to remove limits.The debate about ...

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Egypt says made no arrests in connection to Russian plane crash CAIRO: Egypt's interior ministry denied on Saturday making any arrests in connection with the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai last October that killed all 224 people on board.Sources familiar with the matter had told Reuters on Friday that an EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on the plane and had been arrested along with two airport policemen and a baggage handler suspected of ...

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UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate troops ADDIS ABABA: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned African leaders Saturday of the need for action in troubled Burundi at a summit aiming to end armed crises across the continent.African Union leaders face an unprecedented vote on deploying a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force despite Burundi's vehement opposition, but Ban was clear troops were needed to stem the violence."Leaders who stand by while civilians are slaughtered in their name must be held responsible," Ban said, insisting that the ...

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UN alarm at new child abuse claims by foreign troops in C. Africa GENEVA: The UN rights chief expressed alarm Friday at new allegations of child abuse by foreign peacekeepers in troubled Central African Republic, including cases involving European Union troops.Reports first surfaced early last year of sex abuse by troops serving with French and UN missions in the country.The new cases linking EU and French troops detailed in a UN statement are said to date to 2014 but have been only discovered in the last weeks.Of the ...

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Egyptian F-16 crashes, crew killed CAIRO: An Egyptian F-16 fighter jet has crashed with the loss of its crew during a military exercise, the army announced late on Wednesday night."An F-16 aircraft has crashed during an exercise, killing the crew," the army said in a statement, which did not give the location of the incident.Egypt has one of the region's most powerful and well-equipped militaries and was boosted by recent deliveries of F-16 warplanes by Washington and Rafale fighter jets ...