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British Ebola victim flown home LONDON: A British medical worker was flown home from West Africa on Sunday after becoming the first Briton infected in an Ebola epidemic, and a separate new outbreak of the disease was detected in Democratic Republic of Congo.A specially adapted Royal Air Force cargo plane picked up the male healthcare worker in Sierra Leone on Sunday after British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond authorised his repatriation for treatment.The Department of Health said the patient whose identity has not been disclosed was "not currently seriously unwell". The man will be transported to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.The hemorrhagic fever has killed at least 1,427 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and neighbouring Guinea, the deadliest outbreak of the disease to date. The disease also has a toehold in Nigeria, where it has killed five people.In Democratic Republic of Congo, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said an Ebola ...

Five dead after church, hospital shelled in eastern Ukraine: church KIEV: An artillery attack on a town in eastern Ukraine killed five civilians, three of whom were attending a religious service when the shell blasted through the roof of their church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said on Sunday."The church (in Kirovske) is completely destroyed, three people died," said a message on the church's regional website about the attack which happened on Saturday. "A shell from the same attack hit a hospital, leaving two dead," the ...
Rebels parade captured soldiers DONETSK: Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine paraded dozens of captured soldiers before a jeering crowd on Sunday in mockery of Independence Day celebrations in the capital.Ukraine's pro-Western government had sought to boost morale with an upbeat military parade to mark the country's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Speaking to a crowd of thousands in the iconic Independence Square, known locally as the Maidan, President Petro Poroshenko decried Russian "aggression" and said he was ...
Britain says it close to identifying beheading suspect BAGHDAD: Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said on Sunday.With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast areas of northern Iraq, the country's prime minister-designate, Haider al-Abadi, used a meeting with the visiting Iranian foreign minister to call for greater international efforts to destroy the Islamist group.Foreign Minister ...
Iceland raises volcano warning STOCKHOLM: A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujokull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, Iceland's meteorological office said on Saturday.The region, in the centre of the North Atlantic island nation, has already been evacuated due to days of heightened seismic activity there."It is believed that a small subglacial lava-eruption has begun under the Dyngjujokull glacier," the Icelandic Met Office said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
German vice chancellor urges 'federal' Ukraine BERLIN: Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said Saturday establishing a federal Ukraine would be the only viable solution to the crisis pitting Kiev against pro-Russian separatists."The wise concept of federalism seems to me the only viable path," the vice chancellor and economic and energy affairs minister said in an interview to appear Sunday in the German weekly Welt am Sonntag.The paper released extracts of the interview just hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set ...
UN chief congratulates Erdogan ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election as the country's president, sources close to the prime minister have said.In a telephone conversation, Ban and Erdogan also discussed the humanitarian situation in Gaza, Anadolu news agency reported.Erdogan reiterated his calls for restrictions on Gaza to be lifted and for a sustainable cease-fire.The president-elect also discussed Turkey's humanitarian mission to Gaza, including the establishment of ...


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