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(MENAFN - AFP) A woman suffering from the first confirmed case of Ebola in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, has died after her parents forcibly took her from hospital, the health ministry said Sunday.

Saudatu Koroma, a 32-year-old trainee hairdresser, was admitted to a clinic in a western suburb of the capital on July 23 and tested positive for the disease, which has already ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An American doctor battling West Africa's Ebola epidemic has himself fallen sick with the disease in Liberia, his aid agency said.

Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity, said Dr Kent Brantly had been isolated at the group's Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

"Dr. Brantly is married with two children," the group ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Captain America is now black, Thor becomes a woman, and comic character Archie Andrews is shot and killed while saving his gay friend.

The annual pop-culture carnival that is the Comic-Con Festival got under way in San Diego on Thursday with fans welcoming the world of change facing so many beloved characters.

An estimated 150,000 devotees of comics, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia has remained stoic about the threat of tighter Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, but analysts are concerned that the uncertainty they generate could alone choke off growth.

The downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner over eastern Ukraine on July 17, which was carrying mostly Dutch passengers, has hardened Western resolve to impose tighter ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In Kinshasa's Gambela market shoppers can find insects for every occasion - from unctuous white weevil larvae for fancy dinners to crispy caterpillars and snacky termites that stick in your teeth.

They may be an unbeatably cheap source of protein, but DR Congo's many insect connoisseurs insist they also have real gastronomic value. And the crowds pressing around ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those fighting the virus," Will Stevens, spokesman for the State Department's Africa bureau, told AFP.

"The US government continues to provide ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia.

"By getting things right in these two areas, the gains can be exceptional," Gates said, calling health and agriculture "enabling factors for all the other things that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Lithuania won the EU's final green light this week to join the eurozone in 2015, completing a Baltic embrace of Europe's checkered single currency as security concerns over Russia nudge other reluctant eastern candidates towards adoption.

A special clock has started ticking at Lithuania's central bank in Vilnius, counting the days until the country of three ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, an official confirmed Sunday.

Despite a stomach-churning 16-minute video posted on YouTube of a mass slaughter that has prompted outrage from animal welfare groups, Bali Animal Husbandry Department ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India sits on one of the world's biggest coal reserves, yet its power stations are starved of the fuel with some idle and others running dangerously low on supplies.

Coal accounts for nearly 60 percent of India's electricity, and the country's biggest utility company warned the government this month that supplies at many plants were severely depleted.

While ...

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