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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Saturday 02 August 2014
Gaza- Hamas claimed responsibility on Saturday for a deadly Gaza Strip ambush in which an Israeli army officer may have been captured, but said the incident likely preceded and therefore had not violated a U.S.- and U.N.-sponsored truce. The statement by Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, appeared aimed at preempting any intensification of Israel’s 25-day-old Gaza offensive as well as deflecting international blame for the collapse of Friday’s ceasefire. Israel says Palestinian gunmen stormed out of a tunnel to ambush its infantrymen in southern Rafah a 9.30 a.m.

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Saturday 02 August 2014
Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said last night. A plane equipped to transport Dr Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol can carry only one patient back at a time. Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse said it did not know who would return first. Both medical evacuations are due to be completed by early next week, said North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, as officials said bringing the stricken aid workers to the....

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Saturday 02 August 2014
West Africa's Ebola-hit nations have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital on Friday to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on....

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Saturday 02 August 2014
Nigeria teenager Chika Amalaha has been stripped of her Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medal after failing a doping test, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said yesterday. The 16-year-old, who won gold in the women’s 53kg competition, provided positive ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples that contained prohibited diuretics and masking agents. “The Commonwealth Games Federation has determined that Nigerian weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, has committed an anti-doping rule violation and has fully suspended her from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,” the CGF said in a statement.

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Saturday 02 August 2014
Escalating violence in Libya has prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to shut down its embassy in the country. Intense fighting in Tripoli, including near to the British embassy compound, already saw many staff evacuated earlier this week but now the FCO will suspend its consulate once it has assisted the departure of British nationals. In the last few days, sporadic fighting between rival militias has spread northwards in Tripoli, including into the area where the British embassy is situated and tourists are advised against all travel to the country.

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Friday 01 August 2014
Tags: Libya MANILA The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strife-torn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast. A ship chartered by Manila is set to sail from Malta in the coming days to pick up Filipinos from the ports of Benghazi, Misrata and possibly Tripoli, a foreign department statement said. However, the government has expressed frustration at the reluctance of many of the 13,000 workers to leave due to concerns they would not find jobs at home. "The (Department of Foreign Affairs) is appealing....

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Saturday 02 August 2014
Kerry speaks on his phone while his plane refuels at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. US struggles in Mideast with waning influence Washington, 0 hours, 15 minutes ago By Arshad Mohammed. The US failure to secure a firm ceasefire in the Gaza Strip despite two weeks of intense diplomacy reflects new regional dynamics in which the world's most powerful actor has diminished influence and fewer allies. When Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on July 21 on a mission to try to halt the latest Israeli-Palestinian war, more than 400 Palestinians had been killed, mostly....

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Saturday 02 August 2014
Kampala, Uganda – A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Activists erupted in cheers after the court ruled the law “null and void,” but some cautioned that the fight was not over: The state could appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court and legislators might try to reintroduce new anti-gay measures. The law provided jail terms up to life for those convicted of engaging in gay sex. It also allowed lengthy jail terms for those convicted of the offenses of “promotion of homosexuality.

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Friday 01 August 2014
MANILA At least 110 more overseas Filipino workers from Libya are expected to leave the North African country amid the government's mandatory repatriation order. On Friday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario met with some 95 OFWs who were ready to come home. He urged them to convince their friends and co-workers who are still in Libya to avail of the Philippine government's mandatory evacuation. The batch of evacuees, who crossed the Tunisian border of Ras Ajdir on July 31, was bussed to the island of Djerba while awaiting their flights to Manila on Sunday.

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Saturday 02 August 2014
More than 700 people in West Africa have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record. What is Ebola, and how does this highly contagious and deadly disease spread? First discovered in 1976, the virus has periodically spread through parts of Africa, killing thousands in the process. There is currently no vaccine, and due to its fast onset and horrific symptoms it has become one of the world's most feared diseases. How does it spread? There are five strains of Ebola: Zaire, Sudan, Tai Forest, Bundibugyo and Reston. The Zaire strain, which is involved in the latest outbreak, is the most lethal with a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.

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Saturday 02 August 2014
Israel and Hamas have begun an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and US secretary of state John Kerry announced the temporary break in fighting this morning and it began at 8:00am Friday local time (3:00pm AEST). Mr Kerry called the ceasefire "precious time" and said it will give civilians a reprieve from violence, allowing them to bury the dead, care for the injured and restock food supplies. A joint statement from the pair said "forces on the ground will remain in place" during the truce, implying that Israeli ground forces will not withdraw.

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