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Sierra Leone quarantines over one million

Sierra LeoneSierra Leone has ordered the indefinite quarantine "with immediate effect" of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms - a move that will affect more than one million people.

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#Liberia fears #Ebola crisis will spark war

A Liberian minister has warned the country may slip back to civil war along with neighbouring Sierra Leone if the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa is allowed to continue to spread.

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Somali pirates free abducted journalist

Somali pirates have freed a German-American journalist two and a half years after he was kidnapped in the semi-autonomous Puntland, officials have said.

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#Algeria fighters 'behead' abducted Frenchman

Herve GourdelFighters linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have said they beheaded a Frenchman abducted in Algeria, after giving a 24-hour deadline to Paris.

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#Ebola cases may reach 1.4 million next year

Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million by late January 2015, up from the current total of 5,800, according to a new study by a US medical agency.

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#Ebola 'contained in #Senegal and #Nigeria '

The World Health Organisation has said the Ebola epidemic that has killed 2,811 in West Africa has been contained in Senegal and Nigeria.

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UN proposes Libyan ceasefire and talks

The UN, EU and a group of 13 nations have called for "an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire" in Libya, after the UN mission there proposed talks between backers of rival Libyan parliaments beginning next week.

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Experts advise against #Ebola travel ban

There should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, independent health advisers to the World Health Organisation (WHO) have assessed.

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Fighters kidnap French citizen in #Algeria

An Algerian armed group has kidnapped a Frenchman and threatened to execute him unless Paris halts air strikes in Iraq on fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the group said in a video posted online.

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Sierra Leone claims #Ebola curfew success

Sierra Leone has ended a three-day curfew to stem the world's worst Ebola epidemic, with authorities claiming a "huge success" in identifying new infections and locating scores of bodies.

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