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New Ebola cases in the three West
African countries worst affected by
the deadly outbreak of the virus are
declining, weekly UN figures show.
Sierra Leone and Guinea both
recorded the lowest weekly total of
confirmed Ebola cases since August.
Liberia, which reported no new
cases on two days last week, had its
lowest weekly total since June.
The death toll from the world's
worst Ebola outbreak has reached
8,429 with 21,296 cases so far.
According to the latest World
Health Organization (WHO) report,
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone now
all have sufficient capacity to bury all
the people known to have died from
But it said under-reporting of
deaths meant that not all burials were
being done safely.
While cases were decreasing in
Sierra Leone, it remained the worst-
affected country, with western areas
still reporting the most new
transmissions, the WHO said.
Last week, there were 59 new
reported cases in the capital,
Belgian police raid
Two people were killed yesterday in an anti-
terrorism operation in the eastern Belgian city
of Verviers, CNN reported.
The group is believed to have links to ISIS and
to have been planning attacks in Belgium.
Federal Belgian police took at least one suspect
into custody near a train station, VTM News said.
Verviers is about 69 miles east-southeast of
Brussels and 200 miles northeast of Paris.
The anti-terrorism raid comes amid heightened
alerts in Europe after this month s attack on the
office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in
Anti-terrorism operations were under way in
other cities, a senior Belgian counter-terrorism
official told Cruickshank.
According to the official, the raid was against
a group that had travelled to Syria and was
instructed by ISIS to carry out attacks in Belgium
The attacks were ordered in retaliation for US-
led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq,
Cruickshank said, citing the Belgian official.
The group was under surveillance by Belgian
authorities, and there came a moment yesterday
when Belgian forces decided it was time to con-
duct the raid, the official said. (CNN)
New travel and trade rules
between the US and Cuba are
to take effect today, US officials
Measures include allowing US
citizens to use credit cards in
Cuba and for US businesses to
export some technologies.
Americans will be able to take
home up to $100 in alcohol and
tobacco from Cuba. Correspon-
dents say it means the US ban
on Cuban cigars is over.
The move implements last
month s agreement to re-estab-
lish ties severed since 1961.
Although the latest moves put
a large dent in the US trade
embargo against Cuba, only
Congress can lift it completely.
Earlier this week, US officials
said Cuba had completed the
release of 53 political prisoners
agreed as part of the historic
"Today s announcement
takes us one step closer to
replacing out-of-date policies
that were not working and puts
in place a policy that helps pro-
mote political and economic
freedom for the Cuban people,"
said US Treasury Secretary
Jacob Lew in a statement.
White House press secretary
Josh Earnest said the changes
would "immediately enable the
American people to provide
more resources to empower the
Cuban population to become
less dependent upon the state-
While it still bans ordinary
tourism, the new regulations
will allow US citizens to travel
to Cuba for any of a dozen spe-
cific reasons without first
obtaining a special licence from
US credit and debit cards
can be used there and there
will be no more limits on how
much money US citizens can
spend in Cuba each day.
About 170,000 authorised
US travellers went to Cuba last
year, according to the US
Department of Commerce.
US firms will also find it eas-
ier to export mobile phones
and software to Cuba, as well
as provide Internet services
A change in the regulations
will also allow US investments
in some small businesses and
The thaw in relations
between the two countries was
announced last month in
simultaneous televised speech-
es by President Barack Obama
and his Cuban counterpart,
Senator Marco Rubio said Mr
Obama s policy would harm
"This is a windfall for the
Castro regime that will be used
to fund its repression against
Cubans," he said in a state-
Ara Yevi samba school dancers dressed as angels sing and dance during a carnival parade in Gualeguaychu, Argentina, early Sunday.
The samba school paid tribute to the Pope Francis at the opening of the country's biggest carnival celebration. AP PHOTO
Kenya paper apologises
over Charlie Hebdo cartoon
A Kenyan newspaper has apologised for pub-
lishing Charlie Hebdo s cover, depicting Prophet
Muhammad following an outcry from its Muslim
The Star said it "sincerely regretted" any offence
caused by the "small reproduction" of the cover.
Meanwhile, a second Kenyan newspaper has
published the satirical magazine s cover with an
article which said it embodied press freedom.
In Senegal, the government banned the French
magazine s distribution.
Many Senegalese are Muslims who are likely
to welcome the ban, correspondents say.
The magazine is being distributed worldwide,
with a cartoon which shows the Prophet weeping
while holding a sign saying "I am Charlie"
below the headline "All is forgiven"
"It is forbidden to distribute and disseminate,
by any means, today s editions of the French
magazine Charlie Hebdo and the French news-
paper Liberation throughout the national territory,"
the Senegalese news agency APS reported, citing
a statement from the interior ministry.
Senegal s bestselling newspaper, L Observateur,
described the ban on Charlie Hebdo as a "bluff"
by President Macky Sall, who was widely con-
demned for taking part in the Paris march on
Many Muslims have accused the magazine of
blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad and
of being Islamophobic.
New Ebola cases declining
New US-Cuba rules start today
...ban on Cuban cigars over
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