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U.N, WHO set for emergency meeting over Urban Ebola Outbreak in Congo

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The U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to consider the international risks posed by the first urban Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country and has deployed experimental vaccines.

As more than 20 people have been killed by a new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the deadly fever has entered a “new phase”, its health minister said.

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facts you must know about Ebola:

* The world’s worst epidemic of Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever, began in Guinea in December 2013 and swept through Liberia and Sierra Leone.

* It killed more than 11,300 people and infected 28,600, almost in the three worst affected nations – more cases and more deaths than in all previous outbreaks combined.

* Ebola cases were also recorded in seven other countries, including the United States, Spain and Nigeria, on a much smaller scale.

* The epidemic ended on June 9, 2016 when Liberia was declared free of Ebola.

* Ebola causes fever, flu-like pains, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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Former communication minister arrested over corruption in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia’s former Communication Minister, Bereket Simon, has been arrested by the federal government at his residence in the capital, Addis Ababa, multiple news sources, state and private, have reported.



Simon is also a founding member of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. Multiple local mdia channels are reporting that his arrest is in connection with corruption.

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Another arrested official is Tadesse Kassa, a former top civil servant. Simon was a member of the Amhara regional bloc in the EPRDF.

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His party, now the Amhara Democratic Party ousted him from executive committee membership.

Bereket resigned his position in government in October 2017 at the time as an advisor in charge of Policy Studies and Research to ex Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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Nigeria: Council of State reaches final pegs new minimum wage at 27,000

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The National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N27,000 as the new minimum wage.



The national council approved the sum during an ongoing meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting had in attendance former presidents like Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, among others.

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