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  • Sierra Leone cyclist tested for Ebola at Commonwealth Games

    Sierra Leone cyclist Moses Sesay was quarantined and tested for Ebola at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before being given the all-clear, the athlete has told a British newspaper. All the doctors were in special suits to treat me - they dressed like I had Ebola. "I was admitted for four days…

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  • For wandering tankers with $300 million of Kurdish crude, end-game still in doubt

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Unless they can seal last-minute discreet sales or reach some kind of deal with Baghdad over how to share oil…

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  • Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

    By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The World Health Organisation said it…

  • Taxis, planes and viruses: How deadly Ebola can spread

    By Kate Kelland LONDON, (Reuters) - For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it is not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes - like humans - use planes, bikes and taxis to spread. So far, authorities have taken no action to limit…

  • Amos relegates Rudisha to 2nd in 800 at Glasgow

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Nijel Amos of Botswana turned the tables on Olympic champion David Rudisha to win the 800-meter gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on a cool, rainy Thursday night at Hampden Park.

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  • Renard becomes new Ivory Coast coach

    Abidjan (AFP) - Herve Renard was named as the new coach of Ivory Coast on Thursday in succession to Sabri Lamouchi who quit after the team's first round World Cup elimination, the country's football federation (FIF) said.

  • W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease.

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  • Nigeria quarantines 2 people over Ebola

    Nigeria said on Thursday it had quarantined two people who had "primary contact" with a man who died of Ebola in Lagos last week as west Africa battled to tame the deadliest ever outbreak of the virus. Nigeria's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said "staff or persons who took care of him before…

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  • Kenya land-grabs around $24 billion port project: president

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday a vast coastal zone nearly the size of Luxembourg around a proposed multi-billion dollar port area had been stolen, fuelling a wave of massacres. Last month over 100 people were slaughtered in a wave of attacks, largely claimed by Somalia's…

  • Ebola-hit west Africa launches $100mn battle plan

    West Africa's Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules on Thursday to tackle the world's worst-ever outbreak of the tropical virus and agreed to launch a $100 million response plan at an emergency regional summit. The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia have cancelled trips next week for a…

  • U.S. advises against non-essential travel to countries hit by Ebola

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued a travel advisory against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to curb the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has claimed more than 700 lives. CDC…

  • South Africa's life expectancy jumps to 61.2 years

    Life expectancy in AIDS-hit South Africa has shot up sharply over the past decade, thanks to life prolonging anti-retroviral (ARVs) treatment, latest estimates from the country's statistics agency showed Thursday. South Africans are on average living up to 61.2 years compared to 52.2 years some 10…

  • Mugabe worried at divisions threatening his ruling party

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Thursday complained that factionalism that forced him into a compromise government with his rivals five years ago was now threatening to tear his party apart. Addressing party and government officials at an event to celebrate his ZANU-PF party's election victory…

  • French forces arrest Mali jihadist ex-leader

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities in northern Mali say a former jihadist leader in the town of Gao has been arrested by French military forces.

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  • Ebola fears send Liberia hand sanitiser prices soaring

    London (AFP) - The struggle to contain the worst-ever Ebola epidemic in west Africa is being complicated by the soaring cost of hand sanitiser, a leading charity said on Thursday.

  • WHO launching $100 million plan to combat Ebola

    The World Health Organization is launching a $100 million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that has killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February, the U.N. agency said on Thursday. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will meet in Conakry, Guinea…

  • Dowsett, Villumsen wins road cycling golds

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Alex Dowsett used the disappointment of missing the Tour de France as motivation to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the time trial on the streets of Glasgow on Thursday.

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  • Ebola to be discussed at Washington summit next week: U.S. official

    The spread of the deadly Ebola virus and assistance for affected countries will be discussed during an African summit in Washington next week, a senior State Department official said on Thursday. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the issue will be discussed…

  • Kenya charges nine foreigners over 377-kg heroin haul

    Nine foreign nationals were charged in a Kenyan court on Thursday with trafficking the biggest ever single seizure of drugs at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. There has been a surge in the volume of heroin trafficked through east Africa in recent years, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says,…

  • Corruption trial for son of Senegal's ex-President opens

    Karim Wade, son of Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade, appeared in court on Thursday to face corruption charges in a high-stakes case that has raised tensions in one of Africa's most stable democracies. Wade, a former minister and one of the most powerful men in Senegal during his father's…

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