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Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has
confirmed that Liberia has seen a
significant reduction in the number of
new Ebola cases in the country.
It said one of its treatment centres in
Liberia has no cases at all at the
moment---but warned Ebola was still on
the rise in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
MSF, which employs thousands of
staff across West Africa, is seen as the
best-informed authority on Ebola.
Nearly 5,000 people out of about
14,000 cases have been killed by the
virus. Chris Stokes, the head of MSF's
Ebola response, said the decrease in the
number of cases in Liberia presented an
opportunity for health workers to step
up their work. But he said the disease
could "flare up" again, pointing to
Guinea, where the number of cases is
rising again despite two significant lulls.
For the disease to be contained, Mr
Stokes added, it needed to be tackled in
Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone at once.
Of the West African countries hit by
the 11-month outbreak, Liberia has seen
the most deaths. But last weekend its
health ministry said two-thirds of the
696 beds in the country's treatment
centres were empty. (BBC)
Ebola outbreak: MSF confirms case decline in Liberia
ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL
applaud as East
Charlie and into West
10, 1989. The Berlin
East Berlin from
capitalist West Berlin
for more than 28
years. After 25 years
only a few remains of
the wall remind of the
about about 100 miles
long border which
surrounded the west
part of Berlin.
In this Monday photo
original elements of
the former Berlin
wall are displayed
for sale at the area
of a construction
material merchant at
the village Teltow
celebrate the 25th
anniversary of the
fall of the wall on
November 9, 1989.
Most other parts
were torn down after
reunification in 1990
Germans drive into
West Germany after
crossing the former
Bavaria on motorway
A9, November 11,
1989. RUETERS PHOTO
ITU---Brazil is approaching the
December start of its summer rainy
season with its water supply nearly
More than ten million people across
Sao Paulo state, Brazil s most populous
and the nation s economic engine, have
been forced to cut water use over the
past six months. A reservoir used by
Itu has fallen to two percent of capacity
and, because its system relies on rain
and groundwater rather than rivers, the
city is suffering more than others.
In Itu, desperation is taking hold.
Police escort water trucks to keep them
from being hijacked by armed men.
Residents demanding restoration of
tap water have staged violent protests.
Restaurants and bars are using dis-
posable cups to avoid washing dishes,
and agribusinesses are transporting soy-
beans and other crops by road rather
than by boat in areas where rivers have
"We are entering unknown territory,"
said Renato Tagnin, an expert in water
resources at the environmental group
Coletivo Curupira. "If this continues,
we will run out of water. We have no
more mechanisms and no water stored
in the closet."
The Sao Paulo metropolitan area
ended its last rainy season in February
with just a third of the usual rain total---
only nine inches over three months.
Showers in October totaled just 1
inch, one-fifth of normal.
Only consistent, steady summer rains
will bring immediate relief, experts say.
Brazil metro area suffering
Would-be jihadists have been
travelling on cruise ships to reach
conflict areas in the Middle East,
Interpol has said.
The international police body said
some of those trying to join militant
groups in Iraq and Syria had used cruise
lines to get to countries including
It said checks to passenger lists
should be extended from airlines to
cruise operators before the issue
became more of a problem. No figures
were put on how many militants had
travelled in this way.
Speaking in Monaco, Interpol s out-
going chief, Ronald Noble, said coun-
tries should conduct checks on all pas-
sengers using airports "and, more and
more, cruise lines." Interpol s director
of counterterrorism, Pierre St Hilaire,
said this had led prospective fighters
to make alternative travel arrangements
in an effort to avoid detection.
"Because they know the airports are
monitored more closely now, there s a
use of cruise ships to travel to those
areas," he said. (BBC)
Jihadists 'using cruise ships' to reach war zones
Mexico has abruptly cancelled a
$3.75bn (£2.3bn) contract awarded
on Monday for a Chinese-led con-
sortium to build a high-speed pas-
senger rail link.
President Enrique Pena Nieto said
he wanted to avoid "any doubts
about the legitimacy and transparen-
cy" of the bidding process.
Mexico has forged closer links with
China, while Nieto is going to Beijing
on a state visit next week.
The tender for the 130-mile rail
link is being re-opened.
The contract was scrapped after
lawmakers accused the government
of favouring China Railway Con-
struction Corp (CRCC).
Rival bids by Germany s Siemens,
Canada s Bombardier and France s
Alsthom were considered.
According to reports, the three had
asked for more time to prepare their
submissions, but the requests were
Only CRCC and its Mexican part-
ners had submitted a bid proposal
by the 15 October deadline for the
link between Mexico City and Quere-
It is possible that CRCC could be
eligible for compensation because
its contract has been withdrawn,
government officials admitted. (BBC)
Mexico cancels China contract for high-speed train line
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