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# West Africa

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# Outbreak
Ebola-hit Liberia bans sailors from disembarking
Meanwhile, Morocco has vowed to keep up regularly scheduled flights to Ebola-hit nations in a “solidarity” move.
# Talks
Enda off to Brussels for election of new European Council President
The EU leaders will also discuss the Ukraine crisis at the special meeting.
Column: What exactly is an 'outbreak'?
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa raises some important questions about the treatment of infectious disease and the so-called developed world.
# Outbreak
There has been a "very, very small" number of suspect Ebola cases in Ireland
The HSE said it would not be providing information on other cases – but that there had been a “handful” of investigations apart from the Donegal death.
Two-year jail terms for hiding Ebola victims in Sierra Leone
New legislation passed as WHO outlines reasons it believes the current Ebola outbreak is being underestimated.
# ZMapp
Experimental Ebola drugs shouldn't just be given to well-off patients, say experts
Two US patients and a number of other doctors have been treated with experimental drug, Zmapp, which has never been used on humans before.
US doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia to be released from hospital
Kent Brantly is one of two American Ebola patients controversially treated with an experimental drug.
# underestimated
WHO: The Ebola outbreak is much worse than people think
The official death toll has now climbed to 1,069.
# financial impact
Ebola lockdown takes economic toll in west Africa
Nearly 2,000 people have been infected by the Ebola outbreak.
# Outbreak
Rwanda tests German student for Ebola
The results will be available in 48 hours, the country’s health ministry said.
Ebola declared a 'public health emergency of international concern'
Meanwhile, WHO is to hold an ethics meeting next week over the use of experimental treatment to target Ebola.
Second Ebola death confirmed in Nigeria as Spain plans evacuation of sick missionary
Almost 900 people have died since the latest outbreak of the disease earlier this year in West Africa.
# Outbreak
"He's in good spirits" - New York hospital waits for test results on possible Ebola victim
Almost 900 people have died across west Africa in the deadliest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded.
Two Americans infected with Ebola being evacuated back to US
Meanwhile, West African states announce an ‘isolation zone’ sealing off the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak.
# Outbreak
World Health Organisation launches €75 million ebola plan
The outbreak has been called “an extraordinary challenge”.
# Outbreak
Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus?
This video shows how the infection takes hold.
# West Africa
Ireland commits a further €144K to fight worst Ebola outbreak in history
The outbreak started in Guinea in early 2014 and has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
# West Africa
Emergency talks look for ways to halt worst outbreak of Ebola in history
A suggestion that untested vaccines should be used has attracted controversy.
# West Africa
West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak is now "out of control"
The virus is fatal in 90% of cases.
# crime gangs
Gardaí believe sex traffickers use voodoo rituals on their victims
Seven victims of human trafficking were identified in Ireland over the past 48 hours.
# Liberia
DFA updates travel advice for Irish citizens, following Ebola outbreak
101 deaths have been recorded to date in Guinea, and 12 in neighbouring Liberia.
# Outbreak
DFA updates travel advice, as Guinea Ebola epidemic spreads
An outbreak of the virus has killed dozens of people in the West African nation’s southern forests.
# West Africa
Europe to help Guinea after 5-year freeze
€140 million has been released to support development in the west African nation.
# Mali
United Nations backs Mali intervention as more French troops on the way
Approval at the UN security council is likely to mean further support for France’s intervention in west Africa.
# Mali
Mali conflict: Islamists vow to strike 'at heart' of France
The French government believes that its intervetion in the west African country will be over in a matter of weeks but officials have said that Islamist militants are better trained and armed than expected.
Column: ‘Women are digging up anthills for the tiny grains inside’
Children mine for gold in home-made pits, while parents risk their lives for food – Jim Clarken describes the harrowing scenes as a crisis unfolds in west Africa.
# Sanctions
Mali braces for fuel shortages amid post-coup sanctions
The West African nation’s neighbours have closed their borders and frozen Mali’s account at the regional central bank following the military coup.
# Mali
Mali suspended amid ECOWAS efforts to restore 'constitutional order'
The bloc of West African nations has suspended Mali’s membership and send a delegation a week after the military ousted the democratically-elected president.
# Food Crisis
Ireland gives €5 million in emergency funding to Sahel region
Ten million people are at risk from a growing food crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.
# Guinea-Bissau
President of Guinea-Bissau dies - report
Malam Bacai Sanha had been frequently hospitalised abroad in his two years as president. There are no immediate details on the cause of his death.
# War Crimes
ICC to investigate alleged war crimes in Ivory Coast
At least 3,000 people are believed to have died in the months of violence that took place following disputed elections last year.
# Trafficking
Drug traffickers 'using submarines' to ship cocaine to Europe
Cartels operating drug routes through West Africa may be using submarines – which can be ‘bought freely on the international market’, a UN official said.