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Ebola kills boy aged 7 in DR Congo’s South Kivu


August 20, 2019

BUKAVU: A child has died from Ebola in DR Congo’s South Kivu, health authorities said Monday, the second person to succumb to the virus since the epidemic spread to the eastern province. The announcement last week of the first confirmed cases in South Kivu revived concerns that the highly contagious disease could cross the porous borders of the central African …

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Measles kill more people in DR Congo than Ebola


August 20, 2019

KINSHASA: Measles has killed 2,758 people in the DR Congo since January, more than the Ebola epidemic in a year, medical NGO Doctors Without Borders said, and called Saturday for a “massive mobilisation of funds.” The disease, preventable with a vaccine, has infected over 145,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo between January and early August, it said in …

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In South Africa, newly approved TB regimen drastically cuts treatment time


August 20, 2019

JOHANNESBURG: Four years ago, South African fashion designer Innocent Molefe, 38, was diagnosed with tuberculosis. A year ago, it developed into multi-drug resistant strain requiring painful injections and heaps of pills. Three months after the first round of treatment, he relapsed and started a second round. At the end of it he still wasn’t cured. Thanks to a new treatment …

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40 dead in Bangladesh’s worst-ever dengue outbreak


August 20, 2019

Dhaka: At least 40 people have died in Bangladesh´s worst-ever outbreak of dengue, officials said Tuesday, as overburdened hospitals struggled to treat thousands of patients. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne viral infection, which causes flu-like symptoms but can be deadly if it develops into a hemorrhagic fever, usually occur in the South Asian nation during the monsoon season between June and …

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Twitter, Facebook accuse China of HK discord campaign


August 20, 2019

Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong´s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city. The American tech giants announced Monday they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign, while Twitter said it had shut down about 200,000 more before they could inflict any damage. “These …

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Huawei dismisses new suspension of ‘unjust’ US ban


August 20, 2019

Huawei on Tuesday dismissed Washington’s three-month delay to a ban on US firms selling to the Chinese tech giant and said the decision would not change the fact it had been “treated unjustly”. The US Commerce Department effectively suspended for a second time tough rules stopping the sale of components and services to the telecoms titan and a prohibition on buying …

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Chandrayaan 2: India’s Moon probe enters lunar orbit


August 20, 2019

Bangalore: India´s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon. After four weeks of interstellar travel, the spacecraft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement. The insertion “was completed successfully today at 0902 hrs IST (0332 …

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US gives Huawei 90 day reprieve on ban: Ross


August 20, 2019

The United States gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve Monday on a ban against buying US technology, but added nearly four dozen subsidiaries of the Chinese telecoms giant to the prohibition. “As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei´s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. The …

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Miami: beach parties, gators on golf courses…and new tech hub?


August 20, 2019

Miami is famous for beach parties, gators that wander onto golf courses and iguanas that tumble out of palm trees. But now the city of “Scarface” and “Miami Vice” is vying to become a new powerhouse of tech startups that some in the business hope will spawn a novel phenomenon — the “iguanacorn.” The word is meant to represent the …

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PCB gives roadmap to Sharjeel for his re-entry into cricket


August 20, 2019

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday met cricketer Sharjeel Khan and agreed with him on the road-map for his re-entry into competitive cricket. Sharjeel has undergone an ineligibility period of two-and-a-half years for breaching provisions of the PCB Anti-Corruption Conduct. It was agreed that Sharjeel will complete rehabilitation, designed by the PCB’s Security and Anti-Corruption Department, before the …

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