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More than 100 people have been killed
by Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, as
West Africa battles to contain a flare-up
of the virus, according to data from the
nation's health authorities.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
(NCDC) statistics released yesterday
show that reported cases of the acute
haemorrhagic disease---both confirmed
and suspected---stood at 175 with a total
of 101 deaths since August.
Deaths from the virus were recorded in
the nation's political capital, Abuja, Lagos,
and 14 other states, the NCDC said.
The NCDC said that logistics support
and delayed reporting of cases by states
were hampering the fight against the
viral fever. Last year, 12 people died in
Nigeria out of 375 infected, while in 2012
there were 1,723 cases and 112 deaths,
according to the NCDC.
The disease belongs to the same family
as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses
that lead to infections with fever,
vomiting and, in worse case scenarios,
The virus is transmitted to humans
from contacts with food or household
items contaminated with rodent faeces.
The virus, which has an incubation period
of between six to 21 days, can also be
transmitted through contact with an
infected person via biological liquids:
blood, urine, saliva, sperm, vomit, faeces.
An al-Qaeda tied group has claimed responsibility
for the kidnapping of an Australian couple last
month near Burkina Faso's border with Mali.
Dr Ken Elliott and his wife, Jocelyn, who are in
their 80s, were abducted from the northern town of
Djibo on January 15.
In a purported audio message, al-Mourabitoun, a
branch of the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
(AQIM) group, said last Friday it had decided to
release the wife unconditionally. "It is our religious
duty to respect the civilians, based on the Prophet's
Hadith on not harming women, the elderly and the
children and based on the guidance by our
commanders," the audio statement said.
The couple have lived in Djibo since 1972, where
they operated a 120-bed clinic treating the local
population. They were abducted as AQIM fighters
raided a hotel and a restaurant in the capital
Ouagadougou in an attack that killed at least 27
people. (AL JAZEERA)
Nearly 200 photos linked to allegations of abuse
by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan over a
decade ago have been released by the Pentagon.
The photos were released in response to a
freedom of information request by the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The images show mainly bruises and cuts on
prisoners' arms and legs.
The abuse scandal erupted in 2004 when
shocking photos emerged of US soldiers appearing
to sexually humiliate and torture detainees in Iraq's
None of the photos released involved detainees
held in Abu Ghraib or at the US detention facility at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon said.
A Pentagon spokesman said the photos had
"come from independent criminal investigations
into allegations of misconduct by US personnel".]
The Obama administration had agreed to release
the photos back in 2009, but then changed its mind
saying to do so "was of no benefit" and could
inflame opinion against the US. (BBC)
CAIRO---Egyptian authorities have arrested three
people after they appeared in a video selling stones
from the 4,500-year-old Giza Pyramids to
The Interior Ministry announced the arrests
yesterday, after journalists used a hidden camera to
capture horse carriage drivers selling two stones for
250 Egyptian pounds ($32).
One of the men, whose face was blurred in the
video, bragged about selling stones to foreign
tourists for up to 500 euros.
The pyramids, which were used as sacred burial
structures, were built in the fourth Pharaonic
dynasty. The Great Pyramid is the oldest and only
surviving monument of the seven wonders of the
ancient world. (AP)
At least 14 people were killed and 484 were
injured yesterday morning when a magnitude-
6.4 earthquake hit Taiwan.
More than 200 people were rescued from
damaged structures, many from a 16-story res-
idential building that collapsed in Tainan, officials
Reports say that as of last night, dozens of
children were among at least 153 people still
unaccounted for in Tainan. A cold wave moving
into the area added to their sense of urgency.
More than 60 people in the city remain hos-
pitalised, disaster officials said.
"This was strong enough to not only be felt
here in the (Taiwanese) capital city of Taipei but
also in the southern provinces of China, Elise
Hu, an NPR correspondent who was in Taipei
when the quake hit, said.
"Taiwan is very used to earthquakes and
tremors, but this is far more significant than the
island has seen in quite a while."
More than 1,500 people are involved in rescue
efforts, the disaster centre said.
Seven other buildings were damaged. (CNN)
Lassa fever outbreak kills more than 100 in Nigeria
Dancers from the Nene de Vila Matilde samba school perform on a float during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday.
Egypt arrests 3 for selling
stones from Giza Pyramids
prisoner abuse photos
Al-Qaeda claims kidnap of
Australians in Burkina Faso
Strong quake rattles Taiwan
Over 100 missing, 14 dead as...
Rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in
Tainan, Taiwan, yesterday. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan
before dawn yesterday. (AP PHOTOS)
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