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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Monday 20 October 2014
APA – Lagos (Nigeria) The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday declared Nigeria officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases of the deadly virus. Reacting to the declaration, President Goodluck Jonathan urged Nigerians to remain fully alert and vigilant against the re-entry of the Ebola virus Disease into the country. The presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, told journalists on Monday in Abuja that President Jonathan has directed that all measures put in place at the country�s ports of entries should be sustained. Abati said that President Jonathan dedicated the....

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Monday 20 October 2014
Oscar Pistorius' sister has spoken of the family's love for Reeva Steenkamp, as the athlete prepares to learn whether he will go to prison for shooting dead the model. Pistorius could be jailed, handed a suspended sentence, given correctional supervision or fined after being found guilty of culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to reveal her decision in Pretoria on Tuesday. Ahead of sentencing, his sister Aimee told South African television station eNCA that "we could never understand or even attempt to comprehend" what Miss Steenkamp's parents are going through.

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Monday 20 October 2014
DAKAR/MONROVIA (Reuters) - With the number of Ebola cases spiraling in West Africa and weeks remaining until treatment units promised by Western governments are built, health workers fighting one of the world's deadliest diseases are being forced to improvise. In the "hot zones" of Liberia, where Ebola patients are being turned away from overflowing clinics, aid agencies are distributing tens of thousands of protection kits, made up of buckets, chlorine, soap, gloves, a gown and instructions on how to look after the infected in their own homes. In neighboring Sierra Leone, authorities advise....

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Monday 20 October 2014
A newlywed shot dead on her honeymoon wanted a divorce from the husband now accused of her murder, a court has heard. Anni Dewani "felt like she could not live with" her new husband, the victim's cousin told the Western Cape High Court in South Africa. Giving evidence, Sneha Mashru said Mrs Dewani had confided in her about problems in the relationship with Shrien. And she revealed Mrs Dewani, who grew up in the same Swedish town, had apparently not wanted to go to South Africa with the accused, but her cousin promised she would transfer money to her Swedish bank account if she needed a way out.

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Monday 20 October 2014
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rape and other forms of sexual violence by all sides in South Sudan's civil war have become so widespread that a two-year-old child was among the victims, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict said on Monday. "In my 30 years of experience, I've never witnessed anything like what I saw in Bentiu," Zainab Hawa Bangura told reporters about a recent trip to the northern town, one of South Sudan's regions worst hit by the conflict. "The IDPs (internally displaced persons) seeking refuge there face a combination of ...

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Monday 20 October 2014
LAGOS - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chibok in April. But Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce and there have been at least five attacks since - blamed by security sources on the insurgents - that have killed dozens.

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Monday 20 October 2014
The government's new guidelines, which a top health official said could come out as soon as Monday, were expected to tell health workers to cover skin and hair completely when dealing with patients who have the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. There have been just three cases diagnosed inside the United States, a Liberian man who died in Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 8 and two nurses who treated him and are now themselves patients. The old guidelines, based on World Health Organization protocols, said workers should wear masks but allowed some skin exposure.

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Monday 20 October 2014
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida plans to introduce a bill that would stop new visas for people from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Rubio is among several republican members of congress who have advocated legislation that would ban travelers coming from West Africa over fears of Ebola. He described the visa ban as “common sense,” according to "Our biggest priority is ensuring that sufficient safeguards are in place to limit the spread of Ebola, contain it at the source, and protect Americans,” he said. "We must take any and all necessary precautions to contain this virus -- and common....

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Monday 20 October 2014
TUNIS. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reiterated his country's support for Tunisia, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said Monday. Speaking during a meeting with visiting Tunisian Foreign Minister Monji Hamdi in Ankara on Monday, Davutoglu said that planned parliamentary and presidential elections in Tunisia would crown the country's democratic transition, the ministry said in a statement. According to the statement, Davutoglu and Hamdi discussed a host of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. Tunisia is slated to hold legislative elections later this month,....

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Monday 20 October 2014
China's corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa despite vast economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst on record, has killed more than 4,500 people. China has contributed about US$40 million in aid to fight the disease, including US$6 million to the WFP. "Where are the Chinese billionaires and their potential impact? Because this is the time that they could really have such a huge impact," said Brett Rierson, WFP representative in China.

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Monday 20 October 2014
Micro wind turbines in Remba Island in Homabay County. The World Bank is set to invest about Sh1.6 billion in a 100-megawatt wind power plant in Kajiado County. PHOTO | EVERLINE OKEWO In Summary. KEL was founded by Craftskills Wind Energy International Limited, a company owned by Kenyans Kenneth Namunje, Simon Guyo and Charles Munywoki. According to IFC, the company will off-load power to the national grid under a electricity purchase agreement already entered into with Kenya Power. The World Bank is set to invest about Sh1.6 billion in a 100-megawatt wind power plant in Kajiado County.

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