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World news in brief

03 July 2015


Caution: health-workers spray disinfectant on a road near the home of the 17-year-old Ebola victim, on the outskirts of Monrovia, on Wednesday 

Caution: health-workers spray disinfectant on a road near the home of the 17-year-old Ebola victim, on the outskirts of Monrovia, on Wedn...

Liberia investigates new Ebola case

SEVEN weeks after Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus, a 17-year-old boy has died of the disease. The country's Deputy Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, confirmed the new case on Tuesday, but advised against panic, and said that an attempt to trace how the boy became infected was already under way. A Christian doctor, Kent Brantly, who survived the virus has had an audience with the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Dr Brantly, working with the Christian aid agency Samaritan's Purse, decided to return to Liberia after successful treatment in the United Stgates (News, 29 August 2014).


Asia Bibi is ill, family reports

ASIA BIBI, the Pakistani Christian on death row after being convicted of blasphemy (News, 20 February), is seriously ill, her family has said. The advocacy group Church in Chains has reported that Mrs Bibi had intestinal bleeding, and was so weak that she could barely walk. Her family has demanded better medical treatment for her.


Bishop blames mine owners for deaths

AN OFFICIAL report on the Marikana mine massacre in South Africa (News, 24 August 2012) has been dismissed as a whitewash by the Bishop of Pretoria, the Rt Revd Jo Seoka. The report found that the police were mostly responsible for the deaths of 34 striking miners in 2012. Writing for a South African news website, Bishop Seoka said that the London-based company that ran the mine, Lonmin - in which the Church Commissioners own shares (News, 29 November 2013) - were also at fault for the deaths.


Israelis arrest Archbishop after protest

THE Palestinian Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atalla Hanna of Sebastia, has been arrested while protesting against the sale of a hospital that is part of a Presbyterian church near Hebron, in the West Bank. Archbishop Hanna was on a peaceful march with a delegation of Prebyterians and other activists when he was detained by Israeli security forces. He was released after being held for several hours.

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