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Monday 24 November 2014
String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph. Credit: flickr.com/NIAID An Italian doctor has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and is being flown back to Rome for specialist treatment, the health ministry said on Monday. The ministry said the doctor, the first Italian to contract the disease, would arrive in Rome late on Monday or early Tuesday and be hospitalised at the Lazzaro Spallanzani national institute for infectious disease. The doctor was working for NGO Emergency at a clinic for Ebola victims when he contracted the disease, which has....

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Monday 24 November 2014
RABAT (Reuters) - Floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people in southern Morocco, authorities said on Monday. Flooding, which is quite common in the mostly arid desert region at this time of year, has in the past triggered violent protests by local people angered by what they see as a tardy or ineffective official response. State television channel 2M showed local residents expressing anger after their homes were submerged near the town of Errachidia.

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Monday 24 November 2014
KINSHASA (AFP) - About 100 people were slaughtered last week in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the latest massacre to shake the restive region, lawmakers told AFP on Monday. The carnage took place on Thursday near Beni in the North Kivu province, where mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians in gruesome machete attacks since October. "I have a figure of 95 bodies buried in a common grave," as well as "nine others that were shown to authorities in a morgue," opposition member of parliament Juma Balikwisha told AFP. "We still don't have a definitive toll.

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Monday 24 November 2014
MONROVIA, Liberia: Liberia's president Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. "We've set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you stay focused on that target and on that goal and then you double your efforts," Sirleaf said during a ceremony marking the docking of a Dutch aid ship in the capital, Monrovia. "When you're running a race, as you get closer and closer to the finish line you pick up the speed because you want to....

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Monday 24 November 2014
At least 17 people died and 18 are still missing after southern Morocco was lashed by heavy storms, the authorities said on Monday. The violent weather caused flooding in much of the south at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, and a weather alert remained in effect until Monday noon. According to the latest official toll, 17 people were killed, including 13 in the Guelmim region alone, 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Agadir. Six people, including a girl of nine, were swept away by the raging waters of the Tamsourt River. The whereabouts of another 18 people are unknown -- 15 of them in....

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Monday 24 November 2014
says a Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up. A report released Monday said the demolitions, carried out by a subsidiary of the mining firm Groupe Forrest Internationale, began in 2009 near a copper and cobalt mine in Katanga province. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Amnesty said the company has previously blamed a "unilateral police action" while saying only temporary homes were affected. Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty's global issues director, said Amnesty....

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Monday 24 November 2014
The 26 ministers gathered for an hour in the presidential palace, an AFP journalist observed. Details of what they discussed were not made public. The ministers were named late Sunday following several days of intense negotiations over the composition of the government, which is to return the landlocked country of nearly 17 million to civilian rule. Burkina Faso's military seized power on October 31 after then-president Blaise Compaore was ousted in a popular revolt sparked by his bid to extend his 27-year hold on power. Military strongman Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will serve as prime....

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Monday 24 November 2014
UNAMID, the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, was deployed seven years ago to stem violence against civilians during a civil war in which the Sudanese government was accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. With fighting still dragging on, UNAMID's shortcomings have drawn criticism from the very people it was deployed to protect and Sudan has told it to devise an exit strategy. Khartoum's move elicited indifference rather than opposition in northern Darfur, where much of the violence now rages. "We won't be affected if UNAMID leaves because it doesn't....

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Monday 24 November 2014
An official under former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali appears set for a close run-off in presidential polls with a rival who says he represents the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that toppled him. Preliminary results in the country's first presidential ballot since the uprising are expected later on Monday. But the parties of two frontrunners said initial tallies showed they would face off in next month's second round. The presidential poll is a step in Tunisia's sometimes rocky transition since its uprising prompted the overthrow of long-ruling leaders in Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Syria.

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Monday 24 November 2014
A meeting between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and political party leaders started in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon in another bid to restore peace in Parliament. ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa were in attendance. The African People's Convention's Themba Godi, Pan Africanist Congress leader Alton Mpbethi and National Freedom Party secretary general Nhlanhla Makhanya were also present. The meeting comes after a truce between political parties in Parliament fell apart last week.

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Monday 24 November 2014
The 3 presidential candidates from right: Beji Caid Essebsi, Moncef Marzouki, and Hamma Hammami. TUNIS: The battle for an expected runoff for the Tunisian presidency got under way on Monday before the first round results were even in from the landmark post-Arab Spring election. Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi, whose party placed first in a parliamentary election last month, looked set to fall short of the 50 percent threshold required to win outright, his campaign team conceded. He is poised to face off against incumbent Moncef Marzouki, a secular politician who has made common cause with....

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Monday 24 November 2014
NAIROBI – Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that left 28 people dead, Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday. Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday, when gunmen ordered passengers on the bus to recite Quran verses and shot dead non-Muslims — 19 men and nine women — who could not. The group said the killing outside Mandera, a town in the far northeast near the Somali and Ethiopian borders, was in retaliation for raids on mosques in the southern port city of Mombasa.

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Monday 24 November 2014
Days of unusually heavy rains pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 17 people and left 18 missing, according to Interior Ministry. In the southern city of Guelmim alone, 13 people were killed by a flash flood that roared through a dry river bed, the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the national news agency late Sunday. The local press added that many of the dead and missing came from the same families caught in vehicles swept away by the waters. The Interior Ministry said another 200 people had been rescued by security services, including 40 by helicopter.

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Monday 24 November 2014
The four French journalists were held by the same Islamic State (IS) group that beheaded Britons David Haines and Alan Henning and Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig. They were kidnapped in June 2013 while working in Syria and released in April and, although the French government has denied paying for their freedom, a ransom of £11m ($18m) was reportedly paid. Citing NATO sources in Brussels, German magazine Focus reported that French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian personally took the money to Ankara and it was passed on to the kidnappers by Turkish secret services. :: Judith Tebbutt.

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Monday 24 November 2014
Johannesburg - Disclosing the list of South Africa's national key points will not put the country's security and defence at risk, and ministers had even named some in Parliament, the High Court in Johannesburg heard on Monday. “If dark forces are intent on launching an attack on South Africa, OR Tambo (International Airport) would be a good place to start whether it is a national key point or not,” Steven Budlender for the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and SA History Archive (SAHA) said. “Allowing the public to know a place like Parliament is a national key point in no way endangers state security.

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Monday 24 November 2014
APA-Pretoria (South Africa) South African President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday officially launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign in Reiger Park in Johannesburg, his office said Monday. The occasion is an international campaign observed from 25 November to 10 December to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence has on women, children and society the world over. This year’s campaign will be held under the theme “Count Me In. Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward.” This year’s campaign reflects on 16 years of raising....

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Monday 24 November 2014
Marco Mattiacci has been axed as Ferrari team principal. Despite lacking any F1 experience, Mattiacci was handed the role in mid-April after Stefano Domenicali resigned from his post following the team's poor start to the season. After struggling to make an impact, and failing to hold on to star driver Fernando Alonso, Mattiacci has been replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene, who has spent the last 27 years with tobacco giant Philip Morris. One of the underlying reasons behind Alonso's departure was a failure to see eye-to-eye with Mattiacci, especially after previously developing a close bond with Domenicali.

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Monday 24 November 2014
Essebsi, "according to preliminary estimates, is ahead and has a large lead", his campaign manager Mohsen Marzouk told journalists. But with Essebsi "not far short" of the absolute majority needed to win outright, a second round was likely, Marzouk added. Marzouki's campaign manager said he was concerned that "fraud" had been committed by the Essebsi camp, and urged election monitors to stay vigilant. - Exit polls - Exit polls conducted by a private organisation gave Essebsi between 42.7 percent and 47.8 percent of the vote with Marzouki trailing at between 26.9 percent and 32.6 percent, a state television report said.

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Monday 24 November 2014
APA-Tunis (Tunisia) The European Union (EU) has hailed the conduct of the presidential poll in Tunisia and exhorted voters to carry on with the electoral process in a culture of transparency and respect. “The presidential elections were held Sunday in Tunisia in tranquility marking a further step in the democratic transition†, the head of the European bloc’s observation mission, Neyts-Uyttebroe remarked. According to her, the EU is ready to back Tunisia’s efforts to restore stability and social and economic development, urging Tunisians to complete the exercise in an atmosphere of transparency and respect.

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Monday 24 November 2014
ZANU-PF yesterday confirmed that its politburo has proposed changing the party's constitution to...

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