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Twenty-nine Ebola patients flee attack on Liberian medical ward

Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday. “They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,” said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents…

Kenya bans west Africa travelers in bid to contain Ebola outbreak

Kenya has become the latest country to ban travelers from parts of Ebola-hit west Africa as Nigeria scrambled to stop the deadly disease spreading through the continent’s most populous nation. Kenyan Health Minister James Macharia said Saturday that the country is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and…

One dead, screaming survivors found in container at U.K. port

Tilbury (United Kingdom) (AFP) – One man was found dead and 34 others still alive in a shipping container on Saturday after staff at a British port heard banging and screaming coming from inside. The men, women and children, all believed to be from the Indian subcontinent, were discovered inside…

Mexico protests Texas border deployment: It ‘does not contribute in any way’ to solving problem

Mexico’s foreign ministry late Friday protested Texas Governor Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops to the southern US border to halt the surge of child migrants. Mexico “reiterates, in a firm and categorical way, its rejection of this measure,” read a statement from the foreign ministry. “No circumstance at…

91-year-old Dutch hero returns Israeli WWII honor after six family members are killed in Gaza

A 91-year-old Dutch man honoured by Israel for shielding a Jew from the Nazis has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in a Gaza air strike. Henk Zanoli returned his Righteous Among the Nations award to the Israeli ambassador in The Hague this week after…

Fathers’ rights activists arrested after four-day London protest

Two more fathers’ rights campaigners were arrested Friday for a four-day demonstration on top of the main entrance to London’s Hyde Park, where two other protesters remain. Police were alerted early Tuesday to five men and a woman who had climbed the Apsley Gate entrance to central London’s biggest park.…

20,000 Mexicans fear for their health after acid leak that leaves orange river, toxic water

Ramona Yesenia stood in her town square with two empty jugs, waiting for water to replace the municipal supply contaminated by a chemical spill that turned Mexico’s Sonora river orange. Yesenia is one of 20,000 people left without water since a massive sulfuric acid leak last week at the Buenavista…

Pope Francis asks ‘What would we die for?’ at mass for Korean martyrs

Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs on Saturday at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for in an increasingly materialistic, globalised world. Hundreds of thousands of believers, most of them invited church groups from across South…

Animals caught in crossfire, trapped at Gaza zoo

The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen, while nearby the decayed carcases of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo. The animals were caught in the crossfire in over a month of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants that killed more…

ISIS jihadists kill dozens in north Iraq ‘massacre’, officials say

Jihadists carried out a “massacre” in the northern Iraqi village of Kocho, killing dozens of people, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, officials said on Saturday. Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group are carrying out attacks against minorities in Iraq’s Nineveh province, prompting tens of thousands…

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