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DR Congo Ebola Responders Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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DR Congo Ebola Responders Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Health workers responding to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo have gone on strike over unpaid salaries. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, this will hurt the country’s ability to identify and treat Ebola patients.

The Ebola epidemic in western DR Congo has spread steadily into remote villages across Equateur province since the first case was identified on June first. At least 88 persons have been infected and 36 individuals have been killed by the virus.

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The W.H.O.’s Ebola incident manager, Mory Keita said local laboratory technicians, case management teams and contact tracers blocked access to the Ebola testing laboratory in the city of Mbandaka, the provincial capital on Saturday in protest against the health ministry’s recent publication of their pay scales, which they say were too low, and the government’s failure to pay them since the start of the epidemic.

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In June, Congo celebrated the end of a separate Ebola outbreak in the east of the country, the second-worst on record, which killed more than 2,200 persons over two years.

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The virus strain responsible for the more recent outbreak in Equateur is genetically distinct from the strain in the previous outbreak, and is believed to have originated from an animal source.

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Nobel Laureate Launches Peace Campaign In Liberia

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Nobel laureate launches peace campaign in Liberia

Liberia’s Nobel Peace prize winner and peace activist, Leymah Roberta Gbowee will launch a campaign against election-related violence today.

Liberia is scheduled to hold mid-term senatorial elections in December.

Gbowee says the campaign will involve hundreds of young people who will be peace ambassadors.

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Gbowee urged young people not to get paid by rival politicians to propagate violence.  She said the usual $20 paid for those acts of violence has led many young persons away from paths that could have made them doctors, lawyers and scientists.  She said instead, many of the young persons are walking the streets of Monrovia maimed and as amputees.

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The campaign will also encourage voters to question those seeking elective positions.

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Uganda Eases Restrictions Despite Virus Surge

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Uganda Eases Restrictions Despite Virus Surge

The Ugandan government has announced a further easing of coronavirus Restrictions in the country, even as the covid-19 infection rate continues to rise. President Yoweri Museveni says the country cannot remain under restrictions indefinitely, citing the economy’s weakened health in the wake of the pandemic.

The president said international borders will be reopened for tourists- who would have taken coronavirus tests at least 72 hours before arrival, and taken straight to their holiday destinations. Returning Ugandan citizens, who have tested negative for COVID-19, will be allowed to self-isolate at home. The president also said, places of worship are now allowed to reopen but with a limited number of congregants.

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Other raft of measures taken by the government to keep the country running includes, lifting a ban on private and public transport in districts bordering neighboring countries, allowing resumption of outdoor sports activities with no spectators.

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Final-year students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will resume learning in mid-October, but a decision on the other categories of learners will be made by January next year.

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The country began easing restrictions in may but rate of infection continues to rise. At least 6,000 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed with 63 deaths. The health ministry blames the rise in infections on the public’s complacency to social distancing and wearing of masks.

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Sudan To Discuss Removal From US Terrorism List In UAE

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Sudan To Discuss Removal From US Terrorism List In UAE

The Sudan has sent a high level delegation to the United Arab Emirates to negotiate with American officials, as the country pursues removal from the us list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

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The Sudanese delegation is headed by the country’s leader, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

The Sudan was added to the list more than two decades ago in 1993 because of its support for Islamist militants, including Osama Bin Laden, who lived in the country for five years.

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As part of the negotiations, the us has asked the Sudan to pay more than $300m as compensation to the families of victims of terror attacks.

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The US government is also trying to persuade the Sudan to normalize its relations with Israel.

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