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ST JOHN'S---Antigua and Barbuda and
Suriname have become the latest Caribbean
Community (Caricom) countries to issue a ban on
travellers from Ebola-affected countries in West
Director of Communications, Maurice Merchant
said the cabinet agreed to travel restrictions on
passengers travelling from Liberia, Guinea and
Sierra Leone. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and St
Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana have
effected similar restrictions as the disease, for
which there is no cure, spreads to other parts of
the world including the United States and Spain.
Suriname has also announced that it too had
placed a ban on visitors from West Africa.
"It concerns people who have spent 21 days or
more in Ebola areas and who want to travel to
Suriname. They will not be allowed in," a
spokesman for the Ministry of Health Martelise
She said it does not matter whether the people
hail from West Africa or had visited a country
there, they will not be allowed onto any aircraft
heading towards Suriname.
Suriname in August said it would no longer host
the Summit of the African, Pacific and Caribbean
(ACP) that was due to have taken place there in
Antigua, Suriname ban nationals from Ebola-hit countries
HAMILTON---Hurricane Gonzalo began pounding
Bermuda with wind and heavy surf yesterday, bearing
down on the tiny British territory as a powerful Cat-
egory 3 storm that could raise coastal seas as much
as ten feet.
The storm was centered about 100 miles south-
southwest of Bermuda yesterday afternoon with top
sustained winds of 125 mph, according to the US
National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was moving
to the north-northeast at 16 mph and was expected
to pass near or over Bermuda yesterday evening.
Hurricane-force winds were predicted to batter
Bermuda for seven hours, and forecasters said a storm
surge would cause significant flooding on an island
about one-third the size of Washington, DC.
The National Hurricane Center said winds are likely
to slow as the storm moves further northward on a
track that would take it past Newfoundland and across
the Atlantic to Britain and Ireland. But "any weakening
is probably too late to spare Bermuda, with almost all
of the guidance showing the system as a major hurricane
as it moves nearby."
Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said a storm surge is
approaching Bermuda as waves of 35 to 40 feet build
out in open ocean. (AP)
Search teams in Nepal say they have rescued 60
more trekkers from the Annapurna Circuit, after a
deadly storm hit the popular Himalayan route.
Tourism Minister Deepak Amatya said 282 people
had been rescued from the mountain ranges.
Yesterday, officials said good weather let troops and
helicopters reach the Thorung La pass, the high point
of the Annapurna Circuit, for the first time.
At least 29 people are known to have died in the
disaster. It is on course to be the worst single trekking
and climbing disaster Nepal has seen.
Many of the dead are thought to have left the Thorung
La pass to try to flee the storm.
They are believed to have left the shelter there and
tried to descend, but instead got lost and froze in the
open. The bad weather hit a resting place 14,800ft
above sea level, not far below the Thorung La pass.
Paul Sherridan, a policeman from the UK: "I looked
at a boy and his face was frozen."
Nineteen bodies have so far been recovered, but 10
are still lying in a remote part of Manang district, Mr
Amatya said. Nepalese, Israeli, Canadian, Indian, Slovak
and Polish trekkers are among those who perished.
Officials say the death toll is likely to rise further, with
many bodies still to be recovered from the snow. (BBC)
Iraqi pilots who have joined
Islamic State are training its mem-
bers in Syria to fly three captured
fighter jets, according to a UK-
based activist group that monitors
The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights (SOHR) said wit-
nesses had seen the planes being
flown around a military airport in
Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have
launched an attack on IS militants
The city was among the areas in
Syria and Iraq seized by IS this year.
Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the
SOHR, said IS was using Iraqi offi-
cers who were pilots under ex-Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein to train
fighters in Syria.
"People saw the flights, they went
up many times from the airport and
they are flying in the skies outside
the airport and coming back," he
It is not known how many Iraqi
pilots have defected.
Witnesses told the SOHR the
planes appeared to be MiG-21 or
The BBC s Sally Nabil in Baghdad
says IS has three planes which it
captured earlier from the Syrian mil-
itary in Aleppo and Raqqa. (BBC)
Nigeria s military says it has
agreed a ceasefire with Islamist
militants Boko Haram---and that
the schoolgirls the group has
abducted will be released.
Nigeria s chief of defence staff,
Alex Badeh, announced the truce.
Boko Haram has not made a pub-
The group has been fighting
an insurgency since 2009, with
some 2,000 civilians reportedly
killed this year.
Boko Haram sparked global
outrage six months ago by
abducting more than 200 school-
The girls were seized in the
north-eastern town of Chibok in
Borno state, and their continued
captivity has led to criticism of
the Nigerian government s efforts
to secure their release.
Members of the Bring Back Our
Girls campaign said in a tweet
yesterday: "We are monitoring
the news with huge expectations."
Air Chief Marshal Badeh
revealed the truce at the close of
a three-day security meeting
between Nigeria and Cameroon.
He said Nigerian soldiers would
comply with the agreement.
Nigerian presidential aide Has-
san Tukur told BBC Focus on
Africa that the agreement was
sealed after a month of negoti-
ations, mediated by Chad.
Tukur said Boko Haram had
announced a unilateral ceasefire
on Thursday and the government
"They ve assured us they have
the girls and they will release
them," he said.
He said arrangements for their
release would be finalised at
another meeting next week in
Chad s capital, Ndjamena.
The negotiations are said to
have the blessing of Boko Haram
leader Abubakar Shekau, reports
the BBC s Chris Ewokor in Abuja.
Speaking to the BBC, Nigerian
government spokesman Mike
Omeri said Boko Haram would
not be given territory under the
ceasefire agreement - and that
the government would not reveal
what concessions it would make.
"We are inching closer to release
of all groups in captivity, including
the Chibok girls," he said.
Nigerian officials had not given
any indication that negotiations
with Boko Haram were taking
place. Even though there had been
rumours of talks in neighbouring
Chad, this is a very surprising
Many Nigerians are extremely
sceptical about the announcement
especially as there has been no
definitive word from the jihadists.
watching an outdoor pop con-
cert in South Korea fell 60 feet
to their deaths yesterday when
a ventilation grate they were
standing on collapsed, officials
Photos of the scene in
Seongnam, just south of Seoul,
showed a deep concrete shaft
under the broken grate.
Seongnam city spokesman
Kim Nam-jun announced the
deaths in a televised briefing
and said 11 others were seri-
Fire officials said the victims
were standing on the grate
while watching an outdoor per-
formance by girls band
4Minute, which is popular
About 700 people had gath-
ered to watch the concert,
which was part of a local fes-
tival. Fire officials said many
of the dead and injured
appeared to be commuters who
stopped to watch the concert
after leaving work. Kim said it
was believed that the grate col-
lapsed under the weight of the
people. A video recorded by
someone at the concert that
was shown on the YTN tele-
vision network showed the
band continuing to dance for
a while in front of a crowd that
appeared to be unaware of the
The collapse came as South
Korea is still struggling with
the aftermath of a ferry disaster
in April that left more than 300
people dead or missing.
For a time, the sinking jolted
South Korea into thinking
about safety issues that had
been almost universally over-
looked as the country rose from
poverty and war to an Asian
Boko Haram 'agree' to
release captured girls
Nepal blizzards: Search
teams rescue 60 more
Islamic State 'training pilots to fly fighter jets'
16 dead in
EBOLA PRESS UPDATE
US President Barack Obama speaks to the press about the Ebola crisis, saying the risk of
Americans getting the virus was "extremely low." Meanwhile, a UN chief has warned that West
Africa faces a potential food crisis because of the Ebola crisis. BBC PHOTO
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