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'Up to 15 000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine

Up to 15 000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least several hundred have apparently died in combat there, rights groups exposing army abuses told AFP yesterday.
Moscow denies that it has deployed regular troops to Ukraine to prop up separatists battling Kiev forces, but multiple indications have emerged over the past weeks that Russian soldiers are on the ground in Ukraine.
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Health workers death toll mounts as Ebola spreads

Nigeria's health minister was due to hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners yesterday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers.
Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of those providing healthcare in West Africa to be hit by the epidemic.
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Mass Lesotho demo cancelled

A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for yesterday was cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting.
Maseru district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo told AFP a mass rally planned by forces opposing Prime Minister Tom Thabane had been scrapped.
"We received official word that the march has been postponed," Kolo said.
Thabane fled to South Africa in the early hours of Saturday morning, after being tipped off that the military was about to move against him.
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Hong Kong activists fight back after China vote decision

Hong Kong activists launched their fightback yesterday against Beijing's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, heckling a senior Chinese official in angry scenes after hopes for full democracy were crushed.
Li Fei, a member of the top committee of China's rubber-stamp parliament, was forced to speak over the cries of pro-democracy lawmakers and protesters during a meeting with local officials in the southern Chinese city.
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Syrian army battles rebels

Syrian troops battled rebels near the armistice line with Israel on the Golan Heights yesterday as the United Nations pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by the insurgents.
Several mortar rounds struck close to the ceasefire line as the combatants exchanged rocket, mortar and tank fire near the Quneitra crossing, which the rebels seized last week, an AFP correspondent reported.
Israeli public radio reported that one stray round hit Israeli-occupied territory, without causing any casualties.
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Libya warns UN of slide into civil war

Libya warned the UN Security Council that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.
The 15-nation council met on Wednesday to discuss Libya days after its parliament, which was replaced in an election in June, reconvened and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister. That left the country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.
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UN releases $1.5m to help DRC fight Ebola

The United Nations has allocated $1.5 million to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola, just days after the country confirmed its first cases this year.
The UN mission in the central African country said that sum could double in the near future, with the money being released from a fund set aside to meet "humanitarian needs" around the world.
Last week the DR Congo said 13 people had died with symptoms of haemorrhagic fever and performed tests on dozens of others who had come into contact with them.
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MSF: Global Ebola response chaotic

Medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has warned that the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was “chaotic and entirely inadequate.”
“It is simply unacceptable that, five months after the declaration of this Ebola outbreak, serious discussions are only starting now about international leadership and co-ordination,” said MSF operations director Brice de le Vigne.
In Liberia, Ebola management centres were “overwhelmed” while the virus continued to spread rapidly, said MSF.
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Michael Brown remembered in Missouri

Family and supporters of Michael Brown celebrated the life of the black teenager slain by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in a music-filled funeral service earlier this week, ringing with calls for peace and police reforms.
Brown's home suburb, which had seen riots since his shooting, was peaceful after the ceremony and late into the evening, though police said another demonstration was planned later on Tuesday.
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Marikana: Shabangu rejects 'criminal’ claim

Shabangu denied the accuracy of the statement. She believed while people had died in the strike-related violence, it was still a labour issue.
Former mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu did not call the Marikana unrest a "criminal act", she told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry yesterday.
"I disagree with what is written here that I'll correct my characterisation," she told the inquiry's public hearings in Pretoria.
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