Democratic Republic of Congo on ‘knife edge’ after Ebola outbreak

A deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a clear “potential to expand”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

“We are on the epidemiological knife edge,” Peter Salama, who is in charge of emergency responses at the WHO, said at a special meeting to discuss the crisis in Geneva.

“The next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak is going to expand to urban areas or if we are going to be able to keep it under control,” he added.

WHO said 58 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak was declared on 8 May. There have been 27 deaths, it added.

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Dozens of people abducted along Nigerian highway

At least 45 people have been abducted by gunmen in the north-western state of Kaduna in less than 48 hours, reports from the area say.

Victims of the latest abductions include women and children, according to road transport union officials in Kaduna State.

They were seized as they travelled on a major highway linking northern Nigeria with the south on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Residents say gunmen stopped vehicles and herded the occupants into the bush in Birnin Gwari area.

There has been an upsurge in kidnappings for ransom in north-western Nigeria recently, with more than 80 people reportedly abducted in the region last week alone.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Zamfara State, police were hunting for the wife and six children of a local politician kidnapped early on Tuesday.

Residents complain Nigerian authorities have not fulfilled their promise of deploying hundreds of soldiers to help them combat attacks by armed bandits.

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Escaped Ebola patients ‘taken to church’

More details have emerged about the Ebola patients removed from isolation earlier this week.

The BBC’s Anne Soy, who has been in the Democratic Republic of Congo reporting on the outbreak, says the three people were removed from a treatment centre in the city of Mbandaka by their families on Monday evening.

The World Health Organization’s emergency communications officer Eugene Kabambi told the BBC the relatives demanded to take them to church for prayers.

The three were then whisked away on motorbikes, sparking an immediate police hunt.

Two of the patients later died and the third one has now returned to the isolation unit ran by the medical charity MSF.

The families of the three patients are being monitored and some of them have been vaccinated against the disease.

This incident presents a new challenge for health workers trying to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

So far, 27 people are believed to have died of Ebola, with at least 58 cases reported.

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South Africa firm denies toilet break allegations

A South African company has denied it only allows its black workers 60 second toilet breaks after they staged a protest outside one of its plants.

About 100 employees at Agrico in Lichtenburg, west of Johannesburg, took part in a demonstration on Tuesday, according to The Sowetan.

They alleged toilet breaks were restricted to a minute, and that they weren’t allowed tea or cigarette breaks.

Furthermore, they alleged the restrictions did not apply to their white colleagues at the farming equipment manufacturing factory.

Albert Tshabadira told the newspaper: “It is not nice, we are always scared and work under severe pressure.”

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Police quiz Ghana football chief

Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi is being interrogated by the police after President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered an investigation into allegations of fraud against him.

Mr Nyantakyi was picked up by police at the international airport in the capital, Accra, after flying in from Morocco, local media reports.

Mr Nyantekyi is apparently caught on video sing the name of President Akufo-Addo and other senior government officials to induce “potential investors” to part with money.

He has not yet commented on the allegation.

The video is part of a TV documentary by well-known investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas on corruption in Ghana football.

It is due to be broadcast on 6 June.

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Morocco write to Fifa after US territories permitted to vote

The Moroccan Football Federation has written to Fifa to complain about US territories being allowed to vote to decide the 2026 World Cup hosts.

Morocco are bidding to host the tournament, against a joint proposal from the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are able to vote on 13 June, but Morocco claim that is a conflict of interests.

The 2026 World Cup finals will be the first to feature 48 teams.

It is learned that the Moroccan FA first wrote to Fifa on 26 April, explaining that residents of Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are US citizens while those of American Samoa are US nationals.

It has now asked Fifa to inform the US territories of their inability to vote in order to allow for a fair bidding procedure.

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Here are Facts About Meghan’s Ex That You Need to Know

The most anticipated and most talked about wedding of the year took place on Saturday 19th May between the Duke (Prince Harry) and the Duchess (Meghan) of Sussex. Meghan Markle, the bride of the day is a divorcee. She was married to one Trevor Engelson for two years.

Here are facts about Meghan’s ex that you need to know:

He is a film producer

Trevor Engelson is a film producer and has produced titles like the 9/11 film Remember Me, License to Wed, starring Robin Williams, and 2009’s All About Steve.

Most recently, he’s been taking on television projects such as the upcoming Heathers remake and Snowfall. It is insinuated that he is working on a divorce comedy film.

He is a few years older than Meghan

Unlike Prince Harry who is younger than Meghan, Trevor is a few years older than Meghan. The Film Producer was born in October 23 1976 in New York.

Dating Meghan

Trevor and Meghan met and started dating back in 2004. After being together for six years, the couple got engaged in 2010 and a wedding followed thereafter in September 10 2011 in Jamaica.

Their Wedding

The wedding that took place at the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios was a four-day affair marked by endless partying. The ceremony was officiated in the presence of 102 guests. The officiating was very brief and lasted only about 15 minutes before everyone hit the dance floor.

Their Divorce

The couple separated just two years after tying the knot citing irreconcilable differences. They divorced in August 2013.

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