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French Ebola airport checks to start Saturday PARIS: France will start carrying out health checks on Saturday on travellers arriving by plane from Guinea, one of the worst-hit nations in the spreading Ebola epidemic.Medics at Paris's main international Charles de Gaulle airport will take the temperature of passengers arriving from the daily flights still operating from the Guinean capital Conakry, Health Minister Marisol Touraine told AFP.The checks will be carried out before passengers enter the airport building, by medical staff with the help of the Red Cross and French emergency response services.France and the Red Cross will also be helping Guinea to step up existing checks on passengers boarding flights in Conakry."The first precaution is to ensure that someone who has a fever does not board the plane," Touraine told French radio earlier.Passengers will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire enabling them to be tracked down if necessary after they land.France announced Wednesday it would ...

Putin accuses Obama of hostility, meddling MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin accused US counterpart Barack Obama of a hostile attitude towards Russia, warning against "attempts to blackmail" Moscow.Speaking ahead of his visit to EU aspirant Serbia on Thursday and key talks with EU leaders on Friday, Putin minced no words, demanding that Washington take Moscow's interests into account.In some of his most combative comments on US-Russia ties yet, the Kremlin strongman took issue with Obama's speech at the United Nations General Assembly ...
London considers ban on smoking in parks, squares LONDON: Smoking should be banned in London parks and landmarks including Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square, a report by the London Health Commission said on Wednesday.The report found that 1.2 million Londoners smoke -- about 15 percent of the capital's population -- and that 67 of the city's schoolchildren are taking up the habit every day."As a cancer surgeon working in the NHS (National Health Service), I see the terrible consequences for smokers and their ...
EU's Juncker set to reshuffle top team BRUSSELS: Incoming EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker hurried to reshuffle his team Wednesday after a row over the Slovenian nominee threatened to delay his inauguration.Juncker's commission is due to start its five-year term at the beginning of November as the powerful executive arm of the European Union, a 28-nation bloc of 500 million people.But problems with Slovenia have left him racing against time to secure the approval of the European parliament for his entire team ...
Putin, Poroshenko meeting could include leaders of Germany, France MOSCOW: A meeting between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Milan later this week could take place with the leaders of France and Germany, a Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Wednesday.He said Putin and Poroshenko may also hold bilateral talks during a summit of European and Asian leaders to take place in Milan on Oct. 16-17 but added no agreement had yet been reached. Ushakov also said Putin was expected ...
Bulgaria consumer prices drop to 0.8pc y/y in Sept SOFIA: Bulgarian consumer prices fell 0.8 percent on the year in September against August's 0.6 percent decrease mainly due to a drop in the prices of fuels and transport services, data from the statistics office showed on Tuesday. Consumer prices fell 0.2 percent on the month in September after also dropping 0.2 percent decrease in August, the office said. Under the EU-harmonised index, where non-food items have more weight, consumer prices fell 1.4 percent on ...
France says will build more Ebola treatment centres in Guinea PARIS: France said on Monday it had agreed to set up new treatment centres for Ebola in Guinea after the United States asked for further assistance to fight the deadly epidemic in West Africa.The French president's office said Francois Hollande had spoken to his US counterpart in the evening about ways to tackle the worst outbreak of the disease on record, which has killed more than 4,000 people so far, mostly in Guinea, neighbouring Sierra ...


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