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Obama warns against Ebola ‘hysteria’

US President Barack Obama urged against "hysteria or fear" on Saturday in the face of a growing Ebola crisis, as the United Nations spoke of an "encouraging" response to its funding appeal.
The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has so far killed more than 4 500 people, mainly in three West African nations at the epicentre of the outbreak: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
A UN appeal for nearly US$1 billion (N$11 billion) to fight the spread of the disease has so far fallen short, but a spokesperson told AFP more money was coming in daily.
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22 hacked to death in Congo

A Congo official says that 22 people were killed in an attack in eastern Congo believed to be by Ugandan rebels.
Governor of North Kivu Province Julien Paluku told The Associated Press this past Saturday that 22 people were hacked to death with machetes the night before by suspected rebels of the Ugandan Islamic group, the Allied Democratic Forces.
He said the attack occurred in Erengeti, near the town of Beni, and those killed include a Congolese soldier, three civilian men, 10 women and several children.
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200 kidnapped girls may be released

Nigeria claims to have secured the release of 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram militants by tomorrow, a senior source at the presidency told Reuters this past Saturday, although he declined to comment on where the transfer would take place.
“I can confirm that FG (the federal government) is working hard to meet its own part of the agreement so that the release of the abductees can by effected either today) or tomorrow,” the source told Reuters by telephone.
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World vows Ebola action

World leaders declared the Ebola outbreak the worst global health emergency in years, as President Barack Obama vowed a "much more aggressive" response to the spreading virus, which has killed nearly 4 500 people.
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on the world to do more, while insisting his own country would be "much more aggressive" in its response, after a second Texas hospital worker tested positive.
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Mozambique opposition cries foul

Mozambicans voted Wednesday in a closely-fought test for the ruling Frelimo party, which has run the southern African country since independence from Portugal in 1975, with opposition parties crying foul.
Frelimo is facing growing discontent over a wealth gap that persists despite huge mineral resources, with fast economic growth sidestepping the bulk of a population that is among the world’s poorest.
But members of the two opposition parties later claimed they had discovered attempts to stuff ballots by the ruling party.
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World losing ground against Ebola

The world is falling behind in a desperate race stop the deadly Ebola outbreak, a top UN official warned on Tuesday amid dire predictions that thousands of new infections are possible before year's end.
"Ebola got a head start on us," said Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.
"It is far ahead of us, it is running faster than us, and it is winning the race," the Briton told the UN Security Council in New York, by remote link from UNMEER headquarters in Accra, Ghana.
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Brazilian runoff hopefuls lock horns in debate

The candidates in Brazil’s presidential runoff hurled charges of lying and nepotism at each other in their first televised debate Tuesday.
President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party and pro-business candidate Aecio Neves are in a statistical dead heat as they vie to lead the world’s seventh largest economy and Latin America’s largest country.
Rousseff fired off a volley of statistics as she attacked her Social Democrat opponent over his two terms as governor of the southeast state of Minas Gerais.
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Church collapse inquest begins

A coroner's inquest was opened and adjourned in Nigeria on Monday into the deaths of scores of people who were killed at the church of a popular evangelical preacher and televangelist. Coroner Oyetade Komolafe told the hearing in Lagos that more time was needed to enable all parties to prepare evidence and present witnesses. A visit to the site of the collapse, at TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has been scheduled for Thursday before the inquest resumes on October 24, he added. Read more about Church collapse inquest begins

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50 protesters held in St Louis

At least 50 protesters were arrested in civil disobedience acts in Ferguson, the suburb where Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead. Hundreds of people demonstrated in the pouring rain in the St Louis area on Monday, staging a series of rolling protests in the latest show of anger over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August. Other groups occupied St Louis city hall, where they tried to hang a banner, shut down a local Walmart, and chanted outside a fundraiser for a local politician. Read more about 50 protesters held in St Louis

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Kurds thwart ISIS in Kobane

Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane this past Sunday, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.
In Iraq however, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have government forces under strong pressure, and a roadside bomb killed the police chief in Anbar province between Baghdad and the Syrian border.
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