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Africa

U.S. pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola

16 September 2014, 21:02

The United States has pledged to send 3,000 troops to West Africa, using its military muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

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Ebola fight will cost $1 billion

16 September 2014, 19:37

Nearly $1 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said, warning that 20,000 could be infected by year end.

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Red Cross to train volunteers for Ebola fight

11 September 2014, 20:02

The Red Cross said it planned to train more than 2,000 extra volunteers to step up its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak ravaging west Africa.

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Ebola threatening Liberia's existence: minister

09 September 2014, 21:32

The Ebola outbreak is threatening Liberia's existence, the country's defense minister told the United Nations as the world body looked at further steps to stop the deadly virus.

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US to send $10 mn to aid fight against Ebola

09 September 2014, 19:31

The United States will contribute $10 million to pay for medical workers and equipment to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa, officials in Washington.

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UN improves operations after staffers get Ebola

09 September 2014, 19:30

World Health Organisation staffers battling an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone now have better working conditions after one of their scientists was infected with the deadly virus.

Sierra Leone to search homes for Ebola deceased

08 September 2014, 22:37

Sierra Leone announced plans to visit every home in the country of six million to track down people with Ebola and remove dead bodies.

WHO doctor gets Ebola

08 September 2014, 21:30

The World Health Organisation says one of its doctors has been infected with Ebola while working at a treatment center in Sierra Leone.

Lift Ebola travel ban lifted - AU

08 September 2014, 19:29

African Union members called for the travel bans imposed to stem the deadly Ebola epidemic should be lifted to ensure the economic impact of the restrictions do not add to continent's woes.

Niger president buys $40m jet

01 September 2014, 23:04

The government of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, has provoked anger with the purchase of a $40 million presidential jet.

West African states call end to border closures over Ebola

28 August 2014, 19:40

West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States said.

AfDB President wants solutions beyond Ebola virus

27 August 2014, 19:33

The African Development Bank President has called for the eradication of the root causes of Ebola as well as threatening local health systems as the epidemic continued impacting negatively on economic development.

UN warns of food crisis in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

26 August 2014, 22:53

The United Nations warned of a looming food crisis in eastern Sierra Leone, under lockdown since the Ebola-hit west African nation announced a state of emergency.

MSF can only offer limited help in Congo Ebola outbreak

26 August 2014, 20:02

Medicins Sans Frontieres, the leading organisation in fighting Ebola, said it could provide only limited support to tackle a new outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

26 August 2014, 20:01

Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak.

UN envoy says flight bans hindering 'war' on Ebola

25 August 2014, 19:16

The UN's new pointman on Ebola said the fight against the epidemic was a "war" which could take another six months, and warned that airlines boycotting the region were hampering the response.

WHO says sending supplies for Ebola outbreak in Congo

25 August 2014, 18:19

The World Health Organisation said it has sent protective equipment for medical staff to Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cholera outbreak in Ghana killed at least 67 since June

25 August 2014, 10:04

Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others.

Sierra Leone "hero" doctor's death exposes slow Ebola response

25 August 2014, 09:12

When two American aid workers recovered from Ebola, the grieving family of Sierra Leone's most famous doctor wondered why he had been denied the same treatment.

DR Congo confirms first Ebola cases

25 August 2014, 08:07

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa.

UK national contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

24 August 2014, 09:40

A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease that has spread across the West African region since March.

UN vows central role in fighting Ebola epidemic

24 August 2014, 09:40

The United Nations has vowed to play a "strong role" in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.

Sierra Leone makes harbouring Ebola victims a crime

23 August 2014, 18:50

Sierra Leone's parliament has made the harbouring of Ebola victims a crime drawing a two-year prison sentence in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Ivory Coast closes borders with Ebola-hit neighbours

23 August 2014, 18:50

The Ivory Coast has closed its borders with Ebola-hit Guinea and Liberia in a bid to protect citizens against Ebola.

Philippines recalls peacekeepers from Liberia over Ebola

23 August 2014, 18:50

The Philippines on Saturday ordered 115 troops to return home from peace-keeping operations in Liberia, spurred by the worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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