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Ebola-hit Liberia cancels nationwide election

Africa Ebola-hit Liberia cancels nationwide election By AFP Updated Thursday, October 9th 2014 at 17:16 GMT +3 Share this story: Ebola-hit Liberia has suspended its nationwide Senate polls after the election commission admitted it would not be able to stage the ballot safely, according to a government statement.

Almost three million voters had been due in polling stations on Tuesday but organisers said there was no way a "mass movement, deployment and gathering of people" could go ahead without further endangering lives.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was exercising powers under a state of emergency announced in August "to suspend... any and all rights ordinarily exercised, enjoyed and guaranteed to citizens",

the foreign office said in a statement issued late Wednesday, quoting a presidential proclamation.

Liberia, which has seen more than half of almost 4,000 deaths in the outbreak ravaging West Africa, had been due to vote in half of its 30-member upper chamber.

The election commission said in a statement it had recommended the postponement because it could not conduct "a free, fair, transparent and credible election" because of the epidemic.

It added that it would consult political parties and candidates with a view to fixing a new date, before the end of the year if possible.

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Ebola: Liberian leader sees decline, but aid too slow

International aid to battle the Ebola epidemic in Liberia is arriving too slowly, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday, though she said there were early signs that the outbreak in her West African country might be “in decline”.

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Ebola outbreak: 'Five infected every hour' in Sierra Leone


A leading charity has warned that a rate of five new Ebola cases an hour in Sierra Leone means healthcare demands are far outstripping supply.

Save the Children said there were 765 new cases of Ebola reported in the West African state last week, while there are only 327 beds in the country.

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Kenyatta agrees to confront ICC charges

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he will appear this week at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he's facing charges of crime against humanity in connection with violence that followed 2007 elections in Kenya in which more than 1,000 people were killed.

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Social media Ebola prank results in two deaths in Nigeria


Two people have died and at least twenty were hospitalized, all because of a social media prank urging Nigerians to drink excessive amounts of salt water to avoid catching the Ebola virus.

The hoax started with a text message sent by a Nigerian student at the beginning of August, according to Edwin Ikhuoria, a development consultant for U2 frontman Bono’s ONE campaign who lives in Nigeria.

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American Held by ISIS Says He Is ‘Pretty Scared to Die’

Warplanes from the American-led coalition fighting militants of the Islamic State were reported on Tuesday to have struck targets in Syria near the Turkish border in support of Kurdish forces locked in street fighting with the militants.

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Why former Nigerian president Obasanjo wants to go back to school


Education has no age limits or expiring date, that is what is proudly practised by Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, as he is set to go back to school.


OBJ as he is fondly called would be attempting to get a higher degree in Christian Theology.

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Africa to miss out on Wednesday's lunar eclipse


 If you missed April's total eclipse of the moon, now's your chance.But you'll need to get up early. But don't bother if you are in Africa.

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Ebola: This woman saved 3 relatives using a simple household item

It can be exhausting nursing a child through a nasty bout with the flu, so imagine how 22-year-old Fatu Kekula felt nursing her entire family through Ebola.

Her father. Her mother. Her sister. Her cousin. Fatu took care of them all, single-handedly feeding them, cleaning them and giving them medications.

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I'm alive - Boko Haram leader claims in new video


Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau or his clone, said to have been killed in Konduga last month by Nigerian military has announced that he is alive and will die only when Allah says so.

In a 36-minute video obtained by AFP, Shekau not only debunked reports by Nigerian military that he was dead but said members of his sect were running a Caliphate in the captured towns, north east of Nigeria.

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Kenya’s economy overtakes Ghana’s

Kenya’s economy overtook those of Ghana and Tunisia after the statistics agency overhauled its data to increase the size of gross domestic product by a quarter.

GDP was measured at $55.2 billion last year from $44.1 billion previously, Zachary Mwangi, acting director-general of the statistics agency, told reporters in the capital, Nairobi. That compares with the World Bank’s estimates of $48 billion for Ghana and $47 billion for Tunisia.

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