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Number of Ebola cases nears 10 000

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10 000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace.
The UN's public health body said 9 936 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the three countries at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic - have contracted the disease. In total, 4 877 people have so far died.
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Three years after Libya revolt

When longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime collapsed in a 2011 revolution, many Libyans looked to affluent and booming Dubai as an example of what the future could hold.
Three years on, they fear a Somalia-like "failed state" status, with the North African nation awash with weapons, lawless, at the mercy of militias and in political chaos.
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Sata to miss 50th independence anniversary

Zambian President Michael Sata, who left for medical treatment abroad at an undisclosed destination this weekend, will miss the southern African nation's 50th independence anniversary celebrations, his deputy said on Tuesday.
Vice-president Guy Scott told parliament acting president Edgar Lungu would lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the Freedom Statue in the capital and at other activities that should have been presided over by Sata on October 24.
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Bitter lessons from old Ebola frontline in Uganda

In Ebola-hit communities in West Africa, hope of stopping the deadly virus may seem far away at times.
But across the continent in Uganda, villagers who survived an outbreak two years ago describe how after the loss, the rebuilding of communities is tough and painful - but possible.
When Sabiti Mugerwa’s family became the only ones in their village to fall sick with a mysterious disease in October 2012, they blamed it on malaria - or witchcraft.
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‘We don’t want revenge’ against Oscar

The mother of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend insisted she did not want “revenge” yesterday, the day after the disgraced South African athlete was handed a five-year jail term for shooting her daughter dead.
June Steenkamp told British broadcaster ITV that she was “settled” with Pistorius’s sentence for killing Reeva Steenkamp, even though it could mean he is out of prison and under house arrest after 10 months.
Looking pale and holding her husband Barry’s hand, she added: “We don’t want revenge, we want a fair punishment under the circumstances on his disabilities.
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Clinton called to party duty ahead of 2016

Hillary Clinton is used to being introduced as the “next” US president. But lacking any pre-2016 announcement, the Democratic icon is busy putting her popularity to work for others in the party.
For the second time in eight days, the “Hillary Tour” has come to embattled Colorado Senator Mark Udall’s patch. Last week, the pair publicly sat down for coffee in Denver. She will visit three more states by the end of the week.
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Pistorius: The 'broke and broken' Olympian

At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80 000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon.
His sprint around the 400m track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic games.
The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to world-class athlete seemed to embody the very best of sporting endeavour and the human spirit.
Then on Valentine's Day in 2013 his achievements were just as quickly demolished.
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China 'executed 2 400' last year

The world's top executioner China put 2 400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said yesterday, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing considers a state secret.
The figure was a fall of 20% from 2012, the Dui Hua Foundation said, and a fraction of the 12 000 in 2002.
China is so reticent on the issue that it has done nothing to publicise the long-term decline in its use of the death penalty. But it still executes more people than every other country put together, rights groups say.
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Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.
After three weeks of largely low-key campaigning, more than five million voters are to elect 217 deputies in a ballot pitting the Islamist Ennahda movement - the country's largest party - against a host of secular groups.
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Ebola fears crippling Africa’s safari industry

With travel to Africa poised to hit all-time highs in 2014, a drop-off in travel bookings was the last thing the continent’s lucrative safari industry thought it would be facing going into 2015.
But despite the fact that the main safari destinations in southern and eastern Africa are thousands of kilometers from the Ebola-stricken countries of the west, industry leaders say fears of the disease are keeping tourists away.
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