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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Tuesday 16 September 2014
United Nations officials said yesterday the outbreak required a $1-billion response to prevent it rising to "tens of thousands" of cases. The virus has killed 2461 people, half of the 4985 infected by the virus, and the toll has doubled in the last month, World Health Organisation assistant director-general Bruce Aylward said. "Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we're facing is unparalleled in modern times," Aylward told a news conference in Geneva. "We don't know where the numbers are going on this." He said the WHO's previous forecast that the number of cases could reach....

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
The United States is organizing a summit on U.N. peacekeeping on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week that will be addressed by Vice President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame. A note on the Sept. 26 summit, sent to U.N. member states and obtained on Tuesday by The Associated Press , says “United Nations peacekeeping today is more critical than ever to international peace and security, with peacekeepers called on to end ethnic conflict, prevent violence against civilians, and serve on the international community’s frontlines against violent extremists.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The country had previously committed AU$1 million to the international response to the viral disease outbreak that has killed at least 2,400 people. The World Health Organization says the death toll from Ebola could rise to more than 20,000. The fresh funds include AU$2 million requested by Britain to help that country deliver medical services in Sierra Leone, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
The UN has orchestrated a deal for rebuilding in the Gaza Strip, giving prominent roles to the Palestinian Authority and the private sector, the UN's top Middle East envoy has said. Robert Serry said that the agreement on the supply of building materials "must get up and running without delay". He said that the deal, agreed with Israelis and Palestinians, enables building work to begin immediately. Many buildings were destroyed in the conflict this summer. Between 8 July and 27 August, more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Gaza. Over that time 66 Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting....

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
Declaring his nation in grief, Jacob Zuma said he was "greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries," when a church hostel building collapsed in Lagos on Friday. The tally of South African dead exceeds the previous toll of 62 thought dead in the disaster, a grim signal that the number of fatalities is likely to rise. Rescuers say the church's hostel -- which housed Nigerian and foreign followers of a preacher and televangelist, T.B. Joshua -- had been overburdened by the construction of additional floors.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
CHINA and Zimbabwe signed nine bilateral cooperation agreements during President Robert Mugabe's recent state visit to China, as the two countries strengthened economic and political relations, Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Lin Lin told Xinhua Tuesday. Lin said Mugabe's visit from Aug. 24 to Aug. 28 was successful and fruitful in promoting mutual political trust and pragmatic cooperation, and China was ready to work together with Zimbabwe to promote the comprehensive and in-depth development of the bilateral relations to further benefit the peoples of both countries.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
. Posted on » Wednesday, September 17, 2014 CAIRO: Egypt has raised the $8.5 billion it needs to fund a project to expand the Suez Canal in just eight days, the central bank governor said. Hisham Ramez said in an telephone that 61bn Egyptian pounds had been raised after banks issued investment certificates to finance the project, which is aimed at expanding trade along what is the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia. Fund-raising has closed and Egyptians will no longer be able to buy the investment certificates now that the initial goal of 60bn pounds has been exceeded, the governor said.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
Source: World Bank Country: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone WASHINGTON, September 16, 2014 - The World Bank Group’s (WBG) Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$105 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, help families and communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and rebuild and strengthen essential public health systems in the three worst-affected countries to guard against future disease outbreaks. The new grant is part of the US$200 million Ebola emergency mobilization first announced by the WBG in early August.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Govt now fully committed to report, says Alison-Madueke Ogoni communities warn against “political commitment” Chineme Okafor in Abuja. The federal government has said that it is now ready to fully execute the cleanup of Ogoniland as recommended in the environmental assessment report submitted to it by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Coming almost three years after receiving the report from UNEP, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, said yesterday in Abuja that the government in its....

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
Islamists And Soldiers Clash Near Libya's Benghazi Airport, 9 Dead 30 Wounded. People walk as they gather at the scene of a Libyan war plane crash in the eastern city of Tobruk September 2, 2014. Three people were killed and nine injured when the plane crashed on Tuesday in a residential part of Tobruk, residents and medics said. The plane went down around one km (0.6 miles) from the seat of the country's elected parliament. The crash happened during a military event to honour the pilot of another war plane that had crashed last week, residents said. Picture taken September 2. REUTERS/Stringer.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
The Egyptian interior ministry said two officers were also hurt in the attack on their armoured convoy in northern Sinai. Militants in Sinai have intensified their attacks on the security forces after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood last year. The latest bombing took place between Rafah, bordering Gaza, and North Sinai's provincial capital el-Arish. Responsibility for past attacks has been claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdism, an al-Qaeda-linked group. The group says it is avenging the hundreds of Islamists killed and thousands detained in a crackdown on Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014
67 South Africans killed in Nigeria building collapse Bishkek (AKIpress) President of South Africa Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday night that 67 people were among the scores of those who died after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday in Lagos, Nigeria. “I am greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries. This is a particularly difficult time for South Africa. Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country,” Zuma said in a statement.

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