Thursday 14 December 2017

Outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in western Uganda kills 14 in a month

An outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, health officials said.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola -- a haemorrhagic fever which is highly infectious and kills quickly.

Scientists do not know the natural reservoir of the virus, but they suspect the first victim in an outbreak becomes infected through contact with infected animals.

Killer in China is sentenced to death

A serial killer in south-west China's Yunnan province has been sentenced to death for murdering 11 people.

A court in Kunming city found Zhang Yongming, 56, guilty of killing the people between 2008 and 2012.

Zhang strangled his victims and used various methods including dismembering and burning the bodies to destroy evidence. It said he was sentenced to death in 1979 for another homicide but was released after his sentence was reduced.

14 pilgrims die in Nepal road accident

Fourteen people were killed and two others seriously injured when a 4x4 vehicle veered off a highway in Nepal.

The dead included 13 Nepali citizens and their Indian driver. The crash happened in Palpa district, 300km west of Kathmandu, as the group were travelling to a pilgrimage spot to cremate the body of a relative.

PM to help survivors of Indian riots

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised help for hundreds of thousands of survivors of brutal ethnic rioting in the country's remote north-east that left at least 53 people dead.

The killing of four Bodo men last week sparked the violence. The fighting forced about 400,000 people to flee their homes and crowd into poorly equipped relief camps.

Russia and Japan in talks over islands

Russia and Japan sparred yesterday over disputed islands that have strained their relations since World War Two, making no progress in talks toward a resolution, weeks before Russia hosts a summit of Asian states.

Japan wants Russia to hand over four islands at the southern end of the Kuril chain that were occupied by Soviet forces at the end of the war in 1945.

Moscow disagrees, and senior Russian officials have drawn protests from Japan in the past two years by travelling to the Pacific islands, which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan calls the Northern Territories.

Ethnic fighting in Ethiopia kills 18

At least 18 people have died in fighting between rival ethnic communities in southern Ethiopia, forcing almost 9,000 people to seek refuge in the northern Kenyan town of Moyale across the border, the Red Cross has said.

Clashes over land broke out between the Borana and Garri communities after Ethiopia's government resettled the Garris in an area that the Borana claim ownership of.

Amnesty slams delay in arms treaty

Amnesty International Ireland yesterday accused China, Russia and the US of delaying what could have been a landmark agreement to regulate the arms trade.

"One person dies every minute because of armed violence, but President Obama says he needs more time," said Colm O'Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland. "Just how much more time does he want?

The draft treaty text is now likely to be sent back to the UN General Assembly in October.

Flooding kills 88 in North Korea

Severe flooding in North Korea has killed 88 and left tens of thousands homeless, threatening to make the poverty-stricken country's chronic food shortage worse.

'Corrie' binman Hughes dies at 68

actor Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68. Famed for his role as Eddie Yates, the Coronation Street binman, Mr Hughes died last night "peacefully in his sleep" from cancer. He also played Twiggy in The Royle Family.

Father shoots dead three in the US

A man in the Pennsylvania confronting his estranged wife about visiting rights for their four-year-old daughter, shot his ex-wife to death, then killed her boyfriend and his mother. The man then fled with the four-year-old girl before being was arrested in Ohio. The child is now safe.

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