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GENEVA---The president of the UN's
top human rights body says the
commission on possible violations of
the rules of war in Gaza is
"operational" despite the decision by
George Clooney's fiancee to pull out of
British-Lebanese lawyer Amal
Alamuddin, who is engaged to marry
the 53-year-old actor, decided she
couldn't accept the role a few hours
after she was appointed as one of
three commissioners, said Gabon
Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella,
who presides over the UN Human
Rights Council in Geneva.
Alamuddin, an expert on human
rights, was among a number of people
that Ndong Ella approached as
potential candidates, he said
yesterday, adding he will later decide
"on how best to support and
strengthen" the commission.
Alamuddin said Monday she
"unfortunately could not accept this
Clooney's fiancee pulls out Gaza probe
MADRID---A Spanish missionary priest being
treated for Ebola died yesterday in a Madrid
hospital amid a worldwide debate over who
should get experimental Ebola treatments.
After holding a teleconference with medical
experts around the world, the World Health
Organisation declared it is ethical to use
unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the cur-
rent outbreak in West Africa provided the right
conditions are met. Its statement, however,
sidestepped the key question of how to decide
who should get the limited drugs.
Two more experimental Ebola treatments
were reportedly yesterday heading to Liberia
to be used on two infected doctors --- the first
Africans to receive the untested drug.
The UN health agency says 1,013 people have
died so far in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
and authorities have recorded 1,848 suspected
or confirmed cases. The killer virus, spread by
direct contact with bodily fluids like blood,
diarrhoea and vomit, was detected in Guinea
in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone,
Liberia and possibly Nigeria.
Two Americans and reportedly the Spanish
priest who died had gotten the drug named
ZMapp, which has never been tested in humans.
But the vast majority of Ebola victims have
been Africans, and some have protested that
their citizens are not getting access to the novel
"We can t afford to be passive while many
more die," said Aisha Dab, a Senegalese-Gam-
bian journalist who was tweeting using the
The company that makes ZMapp said Mon-
day that its available supply was "exhausted."
The Spanish missionary, 75-year-old Miguel
Parajes, died in Madrid s Carlos III Hospital,
the hospital and his order said. The hospital
would not confirm that he had been treated
with the drug, but his order and Spain s Health
Ministry said earlier that he would be. His body
will be cremated today to avoid any further
public health risks, the hospital said.
Parajes had worked for the San Juan de Dios
hospital order, a Catholic aid group, and had
been helping to treat people with Ebola in
Liberia when he became ill and was evacuat-
ed.WHO decided it is ethical to use experimental
treatments and vaccines in West Africa even
though there s no evidence yet that these exper-
imental drugs can actually help fight Ebola and
it is possible they could be harmful or have no
effect at all.
The agency said the size of the outbreak ---
the biggest-ever in history--- made the exper-
imental use of drugs ethical.
"It seems some of the usual methods we re
using ... are not working as well," said Dr. Marie-
Paule Kieny, an assistant director-general at
WHO, during a press conference.
"We don t have enough people to rely on the
traditional methods if we want to stop the out-
break as soon as possible."
WHO said it was OK to use unproven treat-
ments if certain criteria were met, including
informed consent, confidentiality and freedom
of choice. (AP)
free 8 'slaves'
LONDON---British police say
they have rescued eight men
from a farm following an
investigation into suspected
slavery and servitude.
Police say the men, aged
between 21 and 46 from
Romania, Latvia and Poland, were
found at Little Testwood Farm
near Southampton in southern
England, following a dawn raid
A 27-year-old man was
arrested on suspicion of
knowingly holding another person
in slavery or servitude and
remains in custody.
The rescued men were taken to
a center to receive emotional
Detective Inspector Phil Scrase
urged anyone offered cheap
labour that seems "too good to
be true" to question whether the
labourers are being exploited and
to contact police.
The farm is believed to be
home to a caravan camp site.
on gang turf
government has replaced local
police forces with army troops
in a rural area about 100
kilometers (62 miles) southwest
of Mexico City that has been
plagued by drug gangs.
The strategy announced late
Monday is the first time the
tactic has been used so close to
the Mexican capital.
Army troops have replaced
municipal police in more outlying
parts of Mexico, amid fears that
cops were cooperating with
The government of Mexico
State says 1,187 army troops
will replace 556 municipal police
in the southern part of the
The cops will be sent to an
army-run training and vetting
center in the meantime.
The area has suffered drug
gang turf battles and clashes
with soldiers and police. (AP)
As UN debates experimental drugs...
Spanish priest dies of Ebola
Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, who was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, died
yesterday at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid where he was being treated. He was transfered to the
hospital from Liberia last week. AP PHOTO
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