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Ebola death toll accelerates in West Africa

At least $600m is needed to fight West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organisation has announced, as the death toll shot up by about 400 in a week to more than 1,900 people.<p>There have now been about 3,500 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, WHO Director Margaret …

France halts warship delivery to Russia

France has suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia "until November" after fierce criticism from its allies given the crisis in Ukraine.<p>Paris agreed in 2011 to build and sell the two advanced helicopter assault ships to Russia for a total of 1.2 billion euros …

Al-Qaeda leader announces India wing

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has announced the formation of an Indian branch of his global armed group that he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent.<p>In a video spotted in online "jihadist" forums on Wednesday by the SITE terrorism monitoring …

Israel seizes 400 hectares of West Bank land

The United States has urged Israel to reverse its decision to seize nearly 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank, a move anti-settlement activists termed the largest land grab in 30 years.<p>Israel announced the massive land appropriation on Sunday in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem …

UN troops held in Golan 'for own protection'

The UN says it has been told by al-Qaeda linked rebels that they seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights "for their own protection" and that they were all safe.<p>The Fijians, who are part of the UN's disengagement observer force, were seized on Thursday by rebels the US …

Indian banks connect poor to services

India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.<p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched the programme on Thursday, saying it would give the poor "renewed …

Ebola response: Self preservation? | Africa

West African economies are feeling the impact of the world's worst outbreak of Ebola. <br>It's six months since the disease was diagnosed in Guinea. It has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. <br>The World Health Organization says more than half of identified cases have proved fatal, and …

Malaysia Airlines cuts 6,000 jobs in overhaul

Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers and remove itself from the Malaysian stock exchange as part of a $1.9bn overhaul to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.<p>Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of the airline, said on Friday …

Malaysia Airlines: can it survive? | Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is taking drastic measures to regain market confidence - and public trust. <br>The carrier is reeling from two tragedies that have taken a huge toll - on sales and profits and tarnished its reputation. <br>Flight MH 370 vanished while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people …

Ebola drug '100% effective' in monkey trials

The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp cured all 18 of the lab monkeys infected with the virus, including those suffering the fever and haemorrhaging characteristic of the disease and just hours from death, scientists have said.<p>Even monkeys not treated until five days after infection survived, the …

Ebola: Senegal reports first case

Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, has become the region's fifth country to confirm a case of Ebola after a student arrived from neighbouring Guinea carrying the disease.<p>Health minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said on Friday that the young man had turned up for …

Ebola: Senegal confirms first case of virus

The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people in west Africa has spread to a fifth country with the first confirmed case of the virus in Senegal.<p>Senegal's health minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck, said on Friday the patient was a man from Guinea. He had visited a hospital in Dakar on …

Israel says Hamas 'hit hard' in Gaza fighting

Israel has made its first official statement over the ceasefire it signed with Hamas, saying the Palestinian group that runs Gaza has been dealt a major blow and that it did not receive any of the demands it had made.<p>In comments delivered in a prime-time address on national television, Prime …

WHO shuts down Sierra Leone Ebola laboratory

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has shut down a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst-ever outbreak of the disease.<p>At least 1,427 people have died and 2,615 have been infected …

Costa Rica to probe US anti-Cuba programme

The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover US programmes operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilise the government in Cuba, Costa Rica's director of intelligence and security has said.<p>Mariano Figueres told the Associated Press news agency …

Iran 'starts implementing' IAEA measures

Iran has begun implementing nuclear transparency measures ahead of an August 25 deadline agreed with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the head of the Vienna-based agency has said, a day after his visit to the Iran's capital, Tehran.<p>"The implementation of five [IAEA nuclear] measures have started," IAEA …

Saudi prince's convoy robbed in Paris hold-up

A Saudi Arabian prince's convoy in Paris has been attacked by armed robbers, who took what the victims told police was around 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash.<p>The hold-up took place around Porte de la Chapelle in northern Paris, where the convoy had been heading for Le Bourget airport on Sunday …

Julian Assange 'to leave' Ecuador embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he plans to leave Ecuador's embassy in London "soon", having spent the last two years avoiding extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault.<p>Assange told reporters during a news conference on Monday that he would be "leaving the embassy soon" but …

UN moves to rein in Islamic State group

The United Nations Security Council has taken a tough line against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, blacklisting six people including the group's spokesman and threatening sanctions against its financiers and weapons suppliers.<p>The 15-member council unanimously adopted on Friday a …

Israel: No Gaza deal until security needs met

Israel will not agree to any long-term ceasefire in Gaza unless its security needs are clearly met, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.<p>His comments came as Egyptian-brokered, indirect talks between Israel and Palestinian factions resumed in Cairo on Sunday. A five-day truce between the two …

Indian plane dives 1,500m as pilot 'sleeps'

India's civil aviation regulator has ordered Jet Airways to suspend two pilots after a flight to Brussels dived 1,500 metres, forcing air traffic controllers to issue an emergency warning.<p>The <i>Times of India</i> said the captain was on a scheduled rest break when the plane dropped over Turkey, putting it …

Ban urges meeting on nuclear-free Middle East

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the failure to hold a conference on establishing a nuclear-weapons-free-zone in the Middle East this year could jeopardise the success of next year's review of the landmark 1970 agreement aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear arms.<p>Ban urged all …

WHO: Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN agency has said on its website.<p>Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases …

Australia and US sign defence pact

The United States and Australia have signed an agreement to bolster US air and navy presence in northern Australia, under a plan to strengthen defence ties and project more power into the Asia Pacific, where China's influence is growing.<p>Chuck Hagel, the US defence secretary, and John Kerry, the …

Guinea closes borders over Ebola outbreak

Guinea has announced the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, the virus that has killed nearly 1,000 people in the three West African countries this year.<p>At least 367 people have died in Guinea since March and 18 others are being treated in the …

Ukrainian rebels ready for a ceasefire

Pro-Russian separatists have said they were ready for a ceasefire with the Kiev government after increasing gains by Ukrainian forces against rebel forces.<p>"We are ready for a ceasefire to prevent the proliferation of a humanitarian disaster...," Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the …

Chad withdraws Chinese exploration permits

Chad has decided to withdraw five exploration permits issued to a Chinese company and press charges in a row over a $1.2bn fine for environmental violations, the oil ministry has said.<p>Djerassem Le Bemadjiel, Chad's oil minister, told a news conference on Saturday that the move was "to avoid further …

Nigerian quarantined in Hong Kong over Ebola

A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms during a trip to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.<p>The southern Chinese city government said in a statement on Sunday that the man had "tested negative for Ebola virus upon preliminary laboratory testing".<p>"In …

Russia bans food imports from West

Russia has banned most food imports from the United States and the European Union in obvious retaliation to tough Western sanctions against it over its role in neighbouring Ukraine.<p>I hope that the economic pragmatism of our partners will win over lousy political motives<p>Dmitry Medvedev, Russian …

Malaysia Airlines to be nationalised

Malaysia's state investment fund has unveiled plans to make Malaysia Airlines fully government owned, as it prepares to carry out a far-reaching overhaul of the carrier that is reeling from double disasters.<p>In a proposal announced on Friday, Malaysia Airlines suspended its shares on the Kuala …