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(MENAFN - AFP) The World Bank said Thursday it was immediately providing $100 million to support the deployment of more health workers to Ebola-stricken West Africa.

The money is in answer to appeals for reinforcement of health workers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed nearly 5,000.

The United Nations estimates that the three countries ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China is "vulnerable" to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned Thursday.

Belgian microbiologist Peter Piot also said experience with other viral outbreaks showed that airport screening was largely ineffective, and repeated his earlier criticism ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders urged caution Thursday over claims of a slowdown in infections in Ebola-hit Liberia, saying the apparent drop could be due to poor management of the sick.

The warning follows an announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that data from a range of sources including funeral directors and treatment centres indicated ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched Thursday a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors said it had "shattered" their lives.

"The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation, our generation," Ban said on a visit to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

"Men and boys must also be encouraged ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Thursday accused coalition partners the Conservatives of ignoring the evidence as they rejected a Home Office study backing decriminalisation of drugs.

"The war on drugs is not working," Clegg said in his weekly phone-in programme on LBC radio.

"They need to explain to the British people why they think it is ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A US nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa took a bike ride early Thursday despite a state order to stay at home in quarantine.

Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend rode their bicycles away from their house in the northeastern state of Maine as a gaggle of media looked on and cameras rolled, CNN reported.

The pair were wearing bicycle ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Wall Street shares headed mostly lower in early trade Thursday even as the US economy turned in a much stronger than expected performance in the third quarter.

It took an 8.2 percent surge in Visa shares, driven by its strong quarterly earnings report, to hold the Dow Jones Industrial Average in positive territory.

About an hour into trade, the Dow was ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Ukraine said its economy shrank by 5.1 percent on a 12-month basis in the third quarter, less than expected and signalling a pause in the war-torn country's accelerating economic decline.

The state statistics committee said that seasonally adjusted gross domestic product also shrank by 2.1 percent between July and September compared to the previous three months ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain's economy expanded for the fifth straight quarter from July to September, official data showed on Thursday, holding to weak recovery from recession while the rest of the eurozone stalled.

The country is pulling away from deep problems arising from a property crash and the eurozone debt crisis, and has enacted tough reforms against a background of high ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US economy grew at a stronger-than-expected pace in the third quarter, lifted by lower imports and a surge in defense spending, according to government data released Thursday.

The world's largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department said in its first estimate for the quarter.

Economists ...

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