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UN says 3 dead in helicopter crash in South Sudan warzone

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th August 2014

UN says 3 dead in helicopter crash in South Sudan warzone JUBA: Three people were killed and one injured when a UN cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan’s northern war-zone region of Unity state, the UN said on Tuesday. The UN mission said it had “dispatched a search and rescue team” to the area, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the northern oil town of Bentiu,...


Japan could offer unapproved Ebola drug under certain criteria -govt

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Japan could offer unapproved Ebola drug under certain criteria -govt TOKYO:Japan could offer an unapproved drug under certain circumstances to help treat the deadly Ebola virus even before the World Health Organization has decided to make a request for the drug, the country’s top government spokesman said on Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that Japan would cooperate with the WHO...


Briton with Ebola arrives in London hospital

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Briton with Ebola arrives in London hospital LONDON: A British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone arrived at a London hospital on Sunday, the ministry of defence said. The patient, who is not “seriously unwell” according to the Department of Health, was evacuated from Sierra Leone to London in a military plane. The Briton is the first person from...


Ebola death toll rises to 1,427: WHO

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd August 2014

Ebola death toll rises to 1,427: WHO GENEVA:The death toll from the Ebola outbreak sweeping through west African countries has risen to 1,427 out of more than 2,600 cases, the World Health Organization said Friday. The latest tally, which counts the number of victims from March when the deadly disease first reared its head to August 20, found that 77 people had...


Liberia’s Ebola Clampdown turns violent as official evacuated

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st August 2014

Liberia’s Ebola Clampdown turns violent as official evacuated MONROVIA: Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia’s West Point slum which has been contained as part of new security measures...


Liberia fights Ebola in capital, W. Africa toll tops 1,200

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th August 2014

Liberia fights Ebola in capital, W. Africa toll tops 1,200 MONROVIA: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded,run-down ocean side capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it...


ECOWAS official dies from Ebola in Nigeria: regional bloc

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th August 2014

ECOWAS official dies from Ebola in Nigeria: regional bloc LAGOS: An ECOWAS official has died from Ebola in Nigeria, the West African regional bloc said on Tuesday, taking the total number of deaths in the country from the virus to three. “The ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liaison Office,...


UN Security Council envoys in S.Sudan to push for peace

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2014

UN Security Council envoys in S.Sudan to push for peace JUBA: UN Security Council ambassadors met the leaders of South Sudan’s warring sides on Tuesday in a bid to end eight months of conflict that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine. Brandishing the threat of sanctions, the diplomats arrived in the capital on a two-day visit to “engage with leaders” and...


Nigeria’s first Ebola victim a ‘madman’: president

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2014

Nigeria’s first Ebola victim a ‘madman’: president ABUJA:President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday branded a Liberian-American a “madman” for bringing Ebola into Nigeria, as the country announced its 10th confirmed case of the deadly virus. Patrick Sawyer died in a Lagos hospital on July 25 in Nigeria’s first case of Ebola, which has claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people in West Africa...


All doses of experimental Ebola drug sent to WAfrica

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2014

All doses of experimental Ebola drug sent to WAfrica WASHINGTON: A US company that makes an experimental drug for treating the often deadly Ebola virus said Monday it has sent all its available supplies to West Africa. Some 961 people have died from the hemorrhagic fever in Sierra Leone,Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria since March during the largest Ebola outbreak in history. “In responding to...


Rwanda tests possible Ebola case: health ministry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th August 2014

Rwanda tests possible Ebola case: health ministry KIGALI: Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, the health ministry said late Sunday. “Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory for approval, results will be available in 48 hours,” the...


Ebola threatens west African economies

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th August 2014

Ebola threatens west African economies MONROVIA: In the deserted shops and marketplaces of west Africa’s towns and cities, traders worry about a secondary, insidious effect of the world’s most deadly Ebola outbreak: the prospect of financial ruin. The tropical virus has claimed almost 900 lives since it emerged in the forests of southern Guinea at the start of the year,...


Earthquake strikes South Africa, one dead

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th August 2014

Earthquake strikes South Africa, one dead JOHANNESBURG: A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck South Africa on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the commercial capital Johannesburg and killing one man in a gold mining town. The quake, centred south of Johannesburg, was reportedly felt as far afield as neighbouring Botswana and Mozambique. At least one person was killed when a building collapsed in the...


Business tycoon shot dead in Kenya coastal city

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th July 2014

Business tycoon shot dead in Kenya coastal city MOMBASA: A prominent Kenyan businessman was shot dead in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa late Friday, police and eyewitnesses said. The murder of transport magnate Shahid Bhat, which occurred along a road near Mombasa’s airport, comes amid mounting insecurity in the coastal region. “The gunmen shot at him as he was driving along the road,...


Ethiopia’s dairy consumption ‘lowest’ in Africa

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th July 2014

Ethiopia’s dairy consumption ‘lowest’ in Africa ISLAMABAD: Ethiopia’s annual dairy consumption of 19 liters per year per person is low compared to the average consumption of 40 liters per year across Africa, USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller said. According to Anadolu news agency, he was speaking at the launch of the Ethiopian milk processors industry association,”The low consumption negatively impacts stunting...


About 80 injured as two trains collide in S.Africa: rescuers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th July 2014

About 80 injured as two trains collide in S.Africa: rescuers JOHANNESBURG: Two trains crashed into each other in a suburb outside South Africa’s eastern coastal city of Durban on Tuesday, injuring about 80 people, rescuers told AFP. “There was a train collision in Berea, Durban. The two trains collided and there are about 80 people who are injured. No fatalities have been reported so far,”...


More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990: UN

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th July 2014

More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990: UN UNITED NATIONS, United States: More sub-Saharan Africans are living in extreme poverty now than in 1990, said a major United Nations report Monday, warning the region will miss most of its development goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set in 2000, strive to halve extreme poverty and hunger in the world by 2015. They also...


Eight minors shot dead at South African gold mine

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd June 2014

Eight minors shot dead at South African gold mine JOHANNESBURG: Eight suspected illegal gold miners were found shot dead at a disused mine near Johannesburg at the weekend, police said Monday. “There are eight bodies which were shot execution style,” Paul Ramaloko of an elite police unit told AFP. The bodies were discovered by mine security between Saturday and Sunday. Two of them were...


South Sudan rebels slaughter ’hundreds’ in ethnic massacres: UN

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st April 2014

South Sudan rebels slaughter ’hundreds’ in ethnic massacres: UN JUBA: Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred “hundreds” of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN said Monday, one of the worst reported atrocities in the war-torn nation. In the main mosque alone, “more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded,” the UN...


Twin blasts kill ’dozens’ in Nigeria capital: official

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th April 2014

Twin blasts kill ’dozens’ in Nigeria capital: official LAGOS: Twin blasts at a packed bus station in Nigeria’s capital killed “dozens of people” on Monday, a spokesman for the state-run emergency services said. “It’s correct to say dozens of people were killed following the bomb blasts in Nyanya Bus Park this morning,” Manzo Ezekiel of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Source:...


Many called but few chosen as Mandela successor

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 14th December 2013

Many called but few chosen as Mandela successor PARIS: Will we see his like again?  Probably not seems to be the verdict of historians and human rights campaigners as they look back on the extraordinary life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. As the world prepares to bid the father of democratic South Africa a final goodbye on Sunday, there is no shortage of dissidents,...


South Africa mourns as Mandela lies in state for second day

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 12th December 2013

South Africa mourns as Mandela lies in state for second day RETORIA: South Africans will get a second chance Thursday to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, a day after his distraught widow joined thousands of mourners at his open casket. Graca Machel, clad in a black headdress with her eyes shielded by sunglasses, placed both hands on the raised coffin before turning away disconsolate...


The widow who made a ‘decent man’ of Mandela

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 9th December 2013

The widow who made a ‘decent man’ of Mandela JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, who barely left her husband’s bedside in the final six months of his life, has hardly been seen in the wake of his death. Machel maintained a near round-the-clock bedside vigil during the 84 days Mandela spent in a Pretoria hospital and the subsequent three months he spent at...


S.Africa orders army back to duty for Mandela duties

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 7th December 2013

S.Africa orders army back to duty for Mandela duties JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s defence force on Saturday ordered soldiers on leave to report back for duty to provide support for Nelson Mandela’s mourning and funeral activities. The “urgent message” was issued by the South African National Defence Force recalling all soldiers in units that have been assigned support duties. “Members must report back to their...


Muhammad Ali says Nelson Mandela’s life embodied hope for world

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 6th December 2013

Muhammad Ali says Nelson Mandela’s life embodied hope for world WASHINGTON: Nelson Mandela taught forgiveness at grand scale and his life embodied hope for the world, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali said in a moving tribute to legacy of the former South African president. “His was a life filled with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world,” Ali noted after South Africa...


Strong 6.3 quake strikes off eastern Indonesia: USGS

By: Majid Siddique, Uploaded: 1st December 2013

Strong 6.3 quake strikes off eastern Indonesia: USGS AMBON: A 6.3-magnitude quake hit off eastern Indonesia and East Timor Sunday, seismologists said, but there was no tsunami alert or reports of damage or casualties. The quake struck at 10:24 am local time (0124 GMT), 351 kilometres (217 miles) east-northeast of the East Timor capital Dili at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km,...


 
 
 



 
 
 



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