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Senegal confirms Ebola case DAKAR: The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal.The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the UN warned the number of infections is increasing rapidly.Senegal's health ministry said the patient is a young Guinean man who was immediately quarantined at a Dakar hospital, where he is in a "satisfactory condition."The man is believed to have been infected in Guinea's capital Conakry, and may have travelled to Senegal before Dakar closed its land border with Guinea on August 21.Authorities are now scrabbling to piece together where he went and who he encountered, in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly virus.New figures released by the World Health Organization ...

Libya Islamists say they shot down jet of rival forces BENGHAZI: Libyan militants said on Friday they downed a plane belonging to forces of a rogue general, but a source close to the officer said it crashed because of a technical fault.The military aircraft came down in Al-Baida in eastern Libya after carrying out air strikes targeting Islamists in Derna farther east, a spokesman for general Khalifa Haftar said.Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said the crash happened because of a "technical" glitch, and added ...
Tunisia recovers 14 bodies from sea near Libya BEN GUERDANE: Tunisian rescuers on Friday recovered the bodies of at least 14 people from the sea near Libya's maritime border, in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize.A child's body was among those plucked from the sea by the Tunisian coastguard and taken to Ben Guerdane, an AFP photographer said.Hospital official Abdelkarim Chafroud told AFP that 14 bodies were retrieved and rescuers were still trying to recover three more.Earlier Friday, ...
Senegal reports first case of Ebola DAKAR: Senegal confirmed its first case of Ebola on Friday, as the country's health minister announced that a young Guinean had tested positive for the deadly virus.Guinean health services had reported on Wednesday "the disappearance of a person infected with Ebola who reportedly travelled to Senegal," Senegalese health minister Awa Marie Coll-Seck said, adding that the infected patient was a young Guinean man who was immediately quarantined. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
South Africa convicts four of plot to kill Rwandan ex-general KRUGERSDORP: A South African court on Friday convicted four men of attempting to murder a Rwandan former general who had fled after falling out with the east African country's strongman, Paul Kagame.Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found three Tanzanians and one Rwandan "guilty of attempted murder" after acquitting two other Rwandans -- the alleged mastermind and General Kayumba Nyamwasa's former driver.Mkhari also concluded that the bid to assassinate Nyamwasa was politically motivated."The attempted murder of General Nyamwasa ...
Nigeria confirms Ebola death in oil city of Port Harcourt ABUJA: Nigeria on Thursday said that a doctor had died from Ebola in the southeastern oil city of Port Harcourt in the first case of the deadly virus outside the financial hub, Lagos.Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the medic died on August 22 after treating a patient who had contact with a Liberian-American man, who brought the virus into Nigeria and died in a Lagos hospital on July 25."Following the report of this death by ...
South Sudan army, rebels trade blame for downing UN helicopter JUBA: South Sudan's rebels and army traded blame on Wednesday for shooting down a UN helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war."The rebels shot it down," army spokesman Philip Aguer said, while rebel spokesman Mabior Garang said: "This was not our work." The UN Security Council on Wednesday confirmed the cargo helicopter was downed by an "attack" that killed three Russian crew members and injured ...


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