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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, Ontario hospital to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, half a world away from the outbreak in West Africa and one of only 15 laboratories worldwide dealing in deadly pathogens at this level.The laboratory has been involved in combating Sars, H1N1, West Nile fever and Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and is now at the forefront of the fight against Ebola, corralling and diagnosing suspect cases in Canada, and sending teams of epidemiologists to West Africa ...

Mozambique polls close with opposition crying foul  MAPUTO: Mozambicans voted Wednesday in a closely-fought test for the ruling Frelimo party, which has run the southern African country since independence from Portugal in 1975, with opposition parties crying foul.Frelimo is facing growing discontent over a wealth gap that persists despite huge mineral resources, with fast economic growth sidestepping the bulk of a population that is among the world's poorest.But members of the two opposition parties later claimed they had discovered attempts to stuff ...
Polls open in tough test for Mozambique ruling party MAPUTO: Voting started Wednesday in a tough electoral test for Mozambique's ruling Frelimo, the party that has run the resource-rich country since independence in 1975.Voters in neat lines started casting ballots shortly after 7:00am (0500 GMT) with Frelimo facing growing discontent amid an apparent popular swing towards the opposition.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Member states losing race against Ebola: UN UNITED NATIONS: The world is falling behind in a desperate race to gain the upper hand over the deadly Ebola outbreak, a top UN official warned on Tuesday."Ebola got a head start on us," said Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response."It is far ahead of us, it is running faster than us, and it is winning the race," the Briton told the UN Security Council in New York, by remote ...
Libyan in Benghazi case faces raft of new charges WASHINGTON: The Libyan militia leader charged in a deadly attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi has been hit with a slew of new criminal counts, some punishable by death.US Justice Department announced on Tuesday that a federal grand jury in Washington indicted Ahmed Abu Khatallah with more offenses linked to his alleged role in the September 11, 2012, attacks that killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.The attacks, which also targeted ...
First US Ebola infection result of 'protocol breach' WASHINGTON: A Texas health care worker has become the first person to contract Ebola on American soil, authorities confirmed Sunday, blaming a safety breach for the spread of the deadly disease.The new Ebola patient, the second person infected outside Africa and the second diagnosed in the United States, had treated a man at a Dallas hospital who died of Ebola last week.The infection deals a blow to global efforts to stem the epidemic, which has ...
Six UN peacekeepers injured in C. Africa BANGUI: Six UN peacekeepers were injured during an attack by unknown assailants who opened fire on a patrol northeast of the capital Bangui, amid a flareup of violence after months of relative calm.The new UN peacekeeping MINUSCA force, in a statement late Saturday, condemned Friday's attack, which came a day after another UN peacekeeper was killed near Bangui. The latest attack was carried out by "armed elements who opened fire on a MINUSCA police patrol... ...


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