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EXPERIMENTAL VACCINES USED ON CONGOLESE AS EBOLA EPIDEMIC REACHES NEW PEAK

Deaths from Ebola in the Congo have passed 1,000, according to world health officials who see no quick end to the nine-month-old epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it expected the infection to continue spreading though the east of Democratic Republic of Congo. In an effort to control the “intense transmission” of the second-worst epidemic of the virus on record, the U.N. health agency has be ...

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FACEBOOK BANS MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN OF THE NATION OF ISLAM

“We always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson told Variety, a publication that covers the entertainment industry.  “The process for evaluating  potential violators is extensive  and that’s what led to our decision to remove these accounts today.” ...

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ON EARTH DAY, AFRICA BRACES FOR SEVERE DROUGHT

Water has no enemy. That’s the theme of a popular song by famed Nigerian singer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti who reminds us just how vital water is. If you’re going to wash, he sings, it’s water you’re going to use. If you want to cook soup, cool off in hot weather, give to your children - “na water you go use.” But what happens when Water has too many friends? What happens to the water? What happens to ...

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OVER 100 KIDNAPPED GIRLS IN NIGERIA REACH FIVE YEARS IN CAPTIVITY

The 112 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria and still being held by Boko Haram will have spent five years in captivity if they are not released by next Sunday. That was the sad message released by members of the Bring Back Our Girls movement who have been urging more action by the Nigerian government to locate and free the girls. Over 200 students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chib ...

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AFRICAN LEADERS BUILD WEAPONS STOCKPILES AIDED BY RUSSIAN DEALERS

There’s a new “rumble in the jungle” in the words of Muhammad Ali but George Foreman isn’t a part of it. What’s changing on the African landscape is the configuration of allies and business partners. Russia, most notably, is making a comeback in weapons sales to Africa, topping western and Chinese arms sellers by a wide margin. In a new report: ‘Trends in International Arms Transfers,’ Russia accounted for ...

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LAST MINUTE STAY OF DEPORTATION FOR LIBERIANS IN THE U.S.

Liberians living in the U.S. received a bit of good news from Washington this week. Scheduled Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) would be extended for one year, postponing the trauma and chaos of deportation scheduled for the end of March. The threat of losing protected status brought opposition and protests from several leading U.S. lawmakers including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, civil righ ...

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