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Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos ABUJA: Nigeria said on Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country.Nigeria's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists that "thorough medical tests" had confirmed "the virus of Ebola" as the cause of death.The 40-year-old, who died overnight, worked for the Liberian government and had travelled to Nigeria from Monrovia by air via Togo's capital Lome.His final destination was the southern city of Calabar where he was scheduled to attend a meeting organised by the west African bloc known as ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), the minister said.Lagos government officials have previously said that he arrived at the city's international airport on Sunday. He was suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea upon arrival and was transported directly to hospital, according to the minister. The patient "avoided contact ...

South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference MELBOURNE: South Africa's port city of Durban will host the 21st International AIDS Conference in 2016, marking the forum's return to Africa after 16 years, organisers said on Friday.Gathering scientists, policymakers and grassroots workers, the biennial conference is the biggest single get-together on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.The 20th conference in Melbourne drew around 20,000 people, of whom 13,600 were delegates and the rest were members of the public who attended an outreach event called the ...
Rwandan president names new prime minister KIGALI: Rwandan President Paul Kagame named the former labour minister Anastase Murekezi as the new prime minister on Wednesday, a presidential statement said.The appointment is expected to bring in a possible cabinet reshuffle, as under Rwanda's constitution, ministers must be chosen or reappointed by the new prime minister."It is a great honour for me to have been appointed prime minister," Murekezi said on his Twitter account."My new appointment gives me a unique opportunity to keep ...
Clashes between Libya army, fighters kill 16 BENGHAZI: Sixteen people, most of them soldiers, were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical and military sources told AFP Tuesday."Most of the dead and injured are soldiers. Three civilians, including an Egyptian, were killed when a rocket hit their house," a hospital source said on condition of anonymity.A military official said fighting broke out after an alliance of militia attacked an army ...
Violence simmers in Central Africa as peace talks open BRAZZAVILLE: Key players in the Central African conflict launched a fresh round of talks in Brazzaville on Monday to end more than a year of sectarian bloodshed in the direly poor nation.But even as negotiators huddled in Congo, fresh violence erupted in the capital Bangui with the killing of a former Seleka rebel that sparked an immediate riposte.The three-day forum for reconciliation and political dialogue, chaired by Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, is aimed a ...
15,000 people displaced after Boko Haram raid in Nigeria: official MAIDUGURI: A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters. The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month. Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) ...
South Sudan rebels launch new offensive despite truce JUBA: South Sudanese rebels launched an offensive to retake a key town near the border with Ethiopia on Sunday in what the United Nations said was a clear violation of a truce agreement."This attack represents the most serious resumption of hostilities" since President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, rebel leader Riek Machar, met in May and recommitted to a January ceasefire, the UN mission said in a statement.The fighters loyal to Machar struck Nasir, ...

 



 
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