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WHO staffer with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment BERLIN: A World Health Organization (WHO) employee who has contracted Ebola arrived in Germany Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said.A plane carrying the patient -- a Senegalese epidemiologist who was infected in Sierra Leone -- touched down at the airport of the northern city of Hamburg and was to be taken to a hospital isolation ward.A convoy of police and fire brigade vehicles was to guard the specially equipped ambulance on its way to the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, which specialises in treating contagious diseases.A press conference was scheduled at the hospital for 1200 GMT.The WHO had in July asked for another of its employees to be treated in the hospital, but the infected health worker died soon after.The lethal tropical virus which reemerged in west Africa early this year has since infected more than 2,600 people and killed 1,427.Liberia has been ...

Turkey ruling party meets to confirm Davutolgu as PM ANKARA: Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) met Wednesday for a congress to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to succeed Recep Tayyip Erdogan as party leader and premier when he becomes president this week.The vast congress, which is expected to muster some 40,000 people at an Ankara sports arena, is a key step in a tightly-choreographed process to ensure the succession goes smoothly.Erdogan -- who has ruled Turkey as premier for over a decade ...
Nearly 2,000 Europe-bound migrants have drowned this year: UN GENEVA: Nearly 2,000 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, most of them in the past three months as they tried to reach Europe from Libya, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday."In all, we believe that 1,889 people have perished this year while making such journeys, 1,600 of them since the start of June," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing.Earlier on Tuesday, the Italian ...
Poroshenko says not yet had one-on-one talks with Putin MINSK: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he had not yet had a bilateral meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Minsk talks on the crisis in Ukraine.Asked whether he has already held a one-on-one meeting with Putin, Poroshenko said: "It's all still to come." Asked if such a meeting would take place, he replied: "Multilateral talks are going on for now."Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Turkey's new govt and PM ready by September 1: Deputy PM ISLAMABAD: Turkey's new government and prime minister will be in place by September 1, said Deputy Prime Minister and Government spokesman Bulent Arinc in a press briefing Monday following the last cabinet meeting chaired by outgoing Prime Minister and President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will become prime minister after Erdogan is sworn in as the 12th president of the Republic of Turkey on August 28, Arinc said, Anadolu News Agency Reported.Arinc suggested that ...
Hungary seeks EU alliance to push closer ties with Russia BUDAPEST: Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday said he would seek to form a political alliance to stop the European Union pulling away from Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. "The EU gets further away from Russia every day. That's not only bad for Hungary, but for the entire EU," Orban told Hungarian ambassadors in Budapest. "We will have to seek the company of those EU member states who are interested in slowing and ...
Experts probe launch failure for EU's satnav project PARIS: Experts are racing to identify and fix a problem that saw two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo satnav programme sent into the wrong orbit.The pair were launched from Europe's space pad in Kourou, French Guiana, last Friday and were intended to be the first two fully operational satellites in the new-generation navigation system.Experts said it seemed unlikely the two misplaced satellites could be brought into the right orbit and used.Investigators from the European Space ...


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