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CARACAS---A rising star in
Venezuela s ruling socialist
party has been stabbed to
death in his home and offi-
cials said yesterday it was a
carefully planned murder.
Congressman Robert Serra,
a lawyer by training, was
elected to Congress in 2010
as a member of the ruling
party after gaining promi-
nence organising youth to
counter a wave of destabil-
ising student protests in
Neighbours discovered his
body and that of a woman,
Maria Herrera, in his house
in the working class La Pas-
tora district of Caracas,
Mireya Midolo, who lives
nearby, said her son had
gone to check after seeing
two large white motorcycles
with their motors running in
front of the house and the
doors to the home open.
"There was no sound of
the door being forced or
cries or anything," she said.
She said she was sur-
prised the bodyguards who
often accompanied Serra
were not present. (AP)
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spokesman for the
general says the
believes air travel
to and from the
by the Ebola virus
despite the first
reported case in
the United States.
jarric told re-
that "it s very im-
portant not to iso-
countries" as it
their political and
tions. He says aid
groups need ac-
cess to the region.
The first re-
ported US case in-
volves a man who
flew from Liberia
to visit relatives.
His travel took
phasised the im-
screening at trav-
The United Na-
tions has spoken
against travel re-
strictions on the
The UN has lost
one staffer in
Liberia to "proba-
ble" Ebola. (AP)
LONDON---In the face of an Ebola outbreak unlike
any other seen before, officials are turning to
unprecedented measures: makeshift clinics that
will offer little or no care.
At a one-day conference in London yesterday,
Britain and Sierra Leone appealed for more help and
officials discussed new ways to slow the lethal virus,
including plans to build up to 1,000 makeshift Ebola
clinics in Sierra Leone.
The new clinics will offer little, if any, treatment,
but could be built quickly and would get sick people
away from their families and hopefully slow the infec-
tion rate. The clinics will first be tested in several
locations before being rolled out more widely, accord-
ing to the World Health Organization.
Only a fraction of Ebola patients are now in treat-
"If we don t do anything, we ll just be watching
people die," WHO spokeswoman Dr Margaret Harris
said in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone is one of the hardest-hit countries
in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is believed
to have killed more than 3,300 people and infected
at least twice as many.
Britain has already promised to provide 700 beds
to Sierra Leone and sent dozens of military and
humanitarian staff to help.
Also yesterday, Cuba announced that the first
group of specially-trained doctors and nurses had
been sent to Sierra Leone. A group of 165 doctors
and nurses left Wednesday night and were seen off
by President Raul Castro.
Experts say the disease will continue to spread
rapidly unless at least 70 per cent of people who are
infected are isolated and prevented from infecting
other people. Dozens of Ebola treatment centres have
been promised, but they could take weeks or even
months to go up.
Steve Monroe, of the US Centres for Disease Control
and Protection, said authorities need to accept that
conditions aren t ideal and do what they can.
"We believe we can t let the perfect be the enemy
of the good," said Monroe, who is the deputy director
of the National Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic
Experts are turning to these imperfect solutions
because the scale of the Ebola outbreak is over-
whelming the traditional response methods tried so
far.Save the Children noted yesterday that Ebola is
spreading at a "terrifying rate," estimating that in
recent days five people were becoming infected every
hour in Sierra Leone alone.
That figure is based on both confirmed cases and
an estimate of how many cases are not being report-
"We need to try different things because of the
scale of this outbreak," said Brice de la Vingne, director
of operations for Doctors Without Borders.
"We ve used these kinds of basic tents in past
catastrophes but never for Ebola," he explained. "But
right now we re screaming for more isolation centres
so patients don t infect their communities." (AP)
Venezuela lawmaker slain at home
New type of clinic to help stop Ebola
In this photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP
reporting, anti-Syrian government protesters carry flags of the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, left, and Islamic State group, right, during a demonstration
against the US-led coalition airstrikes, at Maarat Masrin town, in Idlib province, northern Syria. In towns and villages controlled by Syria's mainstream rebel
factions, the airstrikes have garnered mixed reactions. Most people appear to condone hitting the Islamic State group, but question why President Bashar
Assad's forces which have killed thousands of people in the civil war remain untouched. AP PHOTO
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