[ARABNEWS] A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus, the country's chief medical officer said.
Doctor Olive Buck, who was in charge of Lumley Government Hospital in the capital's west end, tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday and was admitted to the Connaught Hospital in central Freetown.
"It's another sad loss for the profession," Sierra Leone's chief medical officer Brima Kargbo said by telephone. "The ministry of health is in deep grief to miss another devoted Ebola fighter." Medical sources said arrangements had been at an advanced stage to fly the ailing doctor, who was in her early sixties, out of the country for further treatment.
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[AnNahar] The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people, the U.N. said Friday,
"At least as far as various governments are aware and have informed us," the UN spokesperson did not add. "Really, who knows what happens in the villages and the slums?"
as Cuba pledged the largest foreign medical team deployed so far in the west African health crisis.
World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warned the spiraling epidemic of the murderous tropical virus demanded a stronger, faster response from the international community.
In the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, "the number is moving faster than the capacity to manage them," she told news hounds in Geneva.
As of Friday, 4,784 people had been infected with Ebola and more than 2,400 of them had died, Chan said.
She did not specify if the figures also included Nigeria, which has reported 21 cases, eight fatal, since the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record began in Guinea at the start of the year.
Senegal ... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees... has also seen one confirmed case of Ebola -- a Guinean student who has recovered.
While experimental treatments raise hope of eventually finding a cure, Chan stressed Friday that "the thing we need most of all is people" on the ground.
She welcomed a pledge from Cuba to send 62 doctors and 103 nurses to Sierra Leone, where more than 500 people have died.
The U.N.'s announcement came as health officials in Sweden said they were conducting tests on a patient with a possible case of the virus.
Results are expected Saturday from the unnamed patient who "comes from a country in west Africa" affected by Ebola, a front man told Agence La Belle France Presse.
The WHO estimates that another 500 foreign health professionals and around 1,000 local doctors and nurses are needed to stop its deadly surge through west Africa.
The Cuban health workers will remain in the region for six months, Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda told the Geneva news conference.
All have "previously participated in post-catastrophe situations," and all volunteered for the mission, he said.
Cuba, which has a long tradition of sending its world-renowned medics to help with situations around the globe, has pledged the biggest team to date to take part in the Ebola fight.
The United States has already sent some 100 medics, and the African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... has pledged to send around 100 more, while a range of other countries have pitched in with smaller teams and other aid.
WHO and the Doctors Without Borders charity meanwhile each count around 200 international medical experts on the ground in the region, while WHO has 300 more on standby.
[ARABNEWS] The Court of Grievances has rejected an appeal of four Haia members against their being barred from field work and assigned administrative tasks outside of Riyadh after attacking a British man and his Saudi wife outside a mall in Riyadh.
"The four were interrogated and convicted (by the Commission for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue) without representation," said Mohammad Al-Rouq, their lawyer.
[ARABNEWS] Bangladesh's highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader the loathesome Khaleda Zia Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ... , clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! for life.
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[Dhaka Tribune] A local robber was to have killed reportedly in a shootout between police and his accomplices in Aminpur area of Manirampur upazila early yesterday.
Oh dear. Someone needs training in the RAB standard report.
In the incident, two police constables named Nazrul and Prabir were maimed as well.
Splinter for Nazrul, a badly stubbed to for Prabir, poor man.
The shootout bumped off Osman Dofadar, 28, who was accused in seven cases filed for robbery.
Wanted on twelve planets, our two-namer miscreant somehow went down with a randomly fired shot precisely behind the right ear.
The shot AKA point blank range, the preferred range for police world wide.
Manirampur cop shoppe OC Mollah Khabir Ahmed said they tossed in the calaboose Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! Osam from Fakirer Rastar moorh on Saturday noon and based on his information, a team of police conducted a raid on the house of one of his cohorts named Babu in the area around 3am
A traditional time for a raid...
and recovered one shutter gun, two rounds of bullet and one crude bomb.
Whew! At least they got the shutter gun and rounds of bullet right. The sergeant in charge of the evidence room will be so pleased.
It sez right there in the login sheet. Out at 0200 hrs one each gun, shudder; two each bullets, rounds of; one each bomb, crude, Acme brand.
At one stage, Osman's accomplices attacked the team with firing gun shots and hurling crude bombs while it was on the way of returning back the cop shoppe, triggering the fierce shootout that left him dead and the coppers injured. Osman, son of Azibor Darafdar, a resident of the area, has long been engaged in robbery in the district. So, he was a "working man", then?
Then his shootout was long overdue. How he got there when he'd been safely locked up in the interrogation room is a bit of a puzzle, though.
The body was sent to Jessore Medical College Hospital morgue for an appointment with Dr. Quincy.
"He's dead, Jim."
"However do you do that, Doctor? And without even looking!"
[Iran Press TV] The Ukrainian government has accused pro-Russia forces of jeopardizing a shaky ceasefire in the volatile eastern regions of the country.
Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council front man, Volodymyr Polyovy, said in a statement on Sunday that the fragile nine-day truce between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army has been threatened by intensifying attacks against government forces.
The actions by pro-Russia activists are "threatening" the realization of the peace plan, Polyovy claims.
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[Iran Press TV] A German anti-EU party has won parliamentary seats in two eastern states, creating a threat for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party led by Chancellor Angela Merkel ...current chancellor of Germany. She was educated in East Germany when is was still run by commies, but in 1989 got involved with the growing democracy movement when the Berlin Wall fell. Merkel is sometimes referred to by Germans as Mom...
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party secured 10.6 percent of Thuringia and 12 percent of Brandenburg's votes during Sunday's state elections.
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They want their country back? What's wrong with those people!
[BLOOMBERG] Sweden's election threw the nation's political establishment into turmoil as backing for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats more than doubled, leaving the largest Nordic economy facing a hung parliament.
The three-party Social Democratic opposition led byStefan Loefvenwon 43.6 percent, versus 39.5 percent for the four-party government of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to a count of 97 percent of the vote. The Sweden Democrats garnered 13 percent to become the third largest party.
The three-party Social Democratic opposition consists of "The Greens" and "The Reds", as well as the Feminist Party. Looks like the Swedes are going to flirt with socialism and extremes instead of keeping the conservatives, who have done an excellent job at running the country these past 8 years, as your article acknowledges.
[Fox6Now] A federal appeals court has reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck the law down as unconstitutional in April, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters who may lack such identification. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,... to overturn that ruling.
The 7th Circuit issued a ruling late Friday afternoon lifting Aldeman's stay and allowing the law to go into effect before the November elections.
The judges will determine the merits of attorney general Van Hollen's appeal at a later date, but as of this afternoon Wisconsin voters will need to show a photo ID in order to cast their ballots.
No doubt eventually it will end up at the Supreme Court, as President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate have done their best to load up the appeals court layer with liberal judges.
[DAWN] FAISALABAD: A girl has backtracked a day after she reported to the police that she was raped by three sons of a Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz MNA.
The girl told the police that she did not want to pursue the case. Not that she was intimidated or her family threatened or anything.
Earlier on Friday night, she submitted an application to the police alleging that she, along with her two friends, went to Jhal Khanuana market for shopping when armed sons of the MNA bundled her into a vehicle at gunpoint and sped away.
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[DAWN] Severe flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party near Multan in Punjab province on Sunday, killing the bridegroom and 17 others, officials said. "The party was just ruined!"
Senior police officer Mian Tanvir said the army-run boat carrying over 30 people capsized when it hit debris from a dyke that had been blown up earlier in the day to divert waters away from urban areas.
"Divers are searching for the remainders," he said, adding that 18 passengers had been rescued. The army later said in a statement that an officer had drowned while helping in rescue efforts. Local television channels showed footage of emergency workers and the wailing father of the bridegroom.
The bride was among the rescued. "We were many people in the boat and water started seeping in and eventually it overturned," she told a news hound from a local television channel, which did not give her name. "I don't know who survived and who we lost."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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