Odisha to help West Africa's coal-fired power plants

 The pollution control board of the Odisha has promised to share its experiences with West African countries that are planning to turn to coal-fired plants to increase electricity generation, Nihar Ranjan Sahoo, a senior environmental engineer with the board, said here.

Body found on freighter from Africa docked in Philadelphia

Authorities say workers in Philadelphia unloading cocoa beans from a freighter from West Africa have found the body of a presumed stowaway in the cargo hold.

Cuba to send medical brigade to quake-hit Nepal

 Cuba will send a medical brigade to Nepal to help victims of the powerful earthquake that jolted the country on April 25, the public health ministry officials announced in Havana.

Togo votes for a new president

Togo votes for a new president on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family`s grip on power into a second half-century.

30 new Ebola cases, lowest weekly figure in nearly a year: WHO

Thirty confirmed cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in the past week, the smallest number in nearly a year of the worst ever outbreak of the deadly fever, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

'Islam's worst enemy' Boko Haram will be beaten: Niger president

Militant group Boko Haram is "the worst enemy of Islam" and will be defeated because West African Muslims reject its violent actions and harsh interpretation of the Koran, Niger`s President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday.

WHO reiterates support towards defeating Ebola

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reiterated its continued support towards defeating the Ebola virus disease which has killed almost 10,000 people since its outbreak.

Sierra Leone imposes new curfew to contain Ebola

Sierra Leone enforced on Thursday a new three-day curfew in an attempt to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, which has already killed nearly 3,700 people in the African country.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to lock down 2.5 million people

Sierra Leone said Thursday it will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic.

4 more aid workers flown back to US for Ebola monitoring

Four more American aid workers arrived back in the United States today from West Africa to be monitored for Ebola, health officials said.

Ebola epidemic: Why kids are at higher risk

The Ebola crisis has caused major disruptions in the healthcare systems in West Africa, which has led to significant decreases in vaccinations for childhood diseases.

Ebola outbreak raises risk of measles in West Africa

After struggling to emerge from the Ebola outbreak, West Africa now faces a dangerous wave of measles cases because over-burdened hospitals were unable to keep up with vaccinations, researchers said Thursday.

No new Ebola cases in Liberia for more than two weeks: WHO

No new case of the deadly Ebola virus has been registered in Liberia since February 19, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, also hailing positive signs in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

WHO asks independent panel to assess its Ebola response

The World Health Organization (WHO), criticised as being slow and poorly coordinated in its response to West Africa`s Ebola outbreak, has commissioned an independent expert panel to asses its handling of the deadly epidemic.

UN warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.

Liberia leader hails Obama`s `extraordinary` Ebola efforts

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday praised President Barack Obama`s "extraordinary" leadership in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

U.S. military ends Ebola mission in Liberia

The United States military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities to combat an Ebola outbreak in Liberia on Thursday, months earlier than expected, in the latest indication that a year-long epidemic in West Africa is waning.

Ebola cases prompt mini-quarantine in Sierra Leone capital

Sierra Leone imposed a quarantine in a fishing district of the capital city, Freetown, after at least five new Ebola cases were confirmed there, an official said today.

'No more parties': North Korea warns diplomats under Ebola quarantine

North Korea has sent a note to foreign diplomats and organisations in Pyongyang warning them not to hold parties or meetings in violation of its strict quarantine against the deadly Ebola virus.