The Nigerian city of Lagos on Monday shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa’s most populous country.
Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 20 and was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home to 21 million people. He died on Friday.
“We have shut the hospital to enable us to properly quarantine the environment. Some of the hospital staff who were in close contact with the victim have been isolated,” Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told Nigerian TV.
Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants continued Monday despite a strong statement from the United Nations Security Council calling for an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire.
The fighting took place even as the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the completion of month-long dawn-to-dusk fasting for Ramadan, began Monday. Hamas had agreed Sunday to hold fire ahead of the holiday.
The Israel Defense Forces said its jets hit two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing facility in central and northern Gaza in three airstrikes ordered in response to Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. The military said eight rockets had been fired at Israel since midnight Sunday. Hamas has fired more than 2,500 rockets into Israel, including several into Tel Aviv, since the Israeli military operation began, IDF said.
Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year’s Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris’ Champs-Elysees.
As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.
On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner’s podium.
The New York Times sums up his victory, acknowledging that “To some extent, Nibali benefited from the misfortune of others.
Sectarian civil war continues in Pakistan
Pakistani police say a mob has burned down several homes belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in the country’s east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook.
Police official Zeeshan Siddiqi says the rioting in the city of Gujranwala erupted late Sunday after claims that an Ahmadi had posted a blasphemous photo of the Kaaba — the cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that observant Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day
As violent attacks against Jewish communities and businesses continue in Europe, antisemitic incidents are also on the rise in Britain, according to new figures.
Up to 70 hate attacks have been reported in the UK since July 8th, coinciding with the start of Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to monitoring body the Community Security Trust (CST).
While Saturday’s Free Gaza march in London passed off without much violent disturbance apart from isolated offensive placards and a banner, the CST said it expected more anti-Semitic incidents to be reported from the weekend.
The unease among lawmakers surfaced during a recent hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee where acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson presented the VA’s longer-term plan to improve access to care.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for example, asked about difficulties VA has in getting medical records returned from civilian providers, and monitoring the quality of care veterans receive in the private sector.
“One of the biggest challenges we have with purchased care in the community is maintaining continuity of care for the veteran,” Gibson said. “The ability to get medical-record information back and forth is a vital part of this, (to) ensure the quality of care. I will tell you, if the floodgates open, it will present the department with challenges.”
The Congressional Budget Office dropped an anvil of hefty cost estimates on both bills, to the shock of fiscal conservative among supporters.
A Wisconsin police chief has admitted to signing a local Tea Party leader up to gay porn and dating sites following a feud over the group’s protests.
Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system. The terms of his plea deal mean that the charges could be dropped in two years’ time if he commits no further crimes and completes counseling and 40 hours of community service.
According to The La Crosse Tribune, the problems started after the local Tea Party group, led by Greg Luce, began protests on the local Interstate 90 pedestrian overpass. Kelemen saw the protest on a busy roadway as a safety risk, and persuaded the town board to ban signs on the bridge. Luce and the other activists saw this an attack on their rights, and filed a federal lawsuit. Kelemen alleges that at this point Luce told Tea Party supporters across the U.S. to flood Kelemen’s office with harassing phone calls and threats.
A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional.
The ruling by a judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in the nation’s capital, which is plagued by violent crime. In a landmark decision in 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the district’s handgun ban, establishing for the first time a personal right to own a weapon under the 2nd Amendment.
Senior District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., a former Army colonel appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush, ruled that the right to a weapon extended outside the home both for residents and visitors to Washington.
A rare lightning storm struck packed Venice Beach, Calif., Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring up to 12 others, one critically, after the same storm had struck a person on Catalina Island.
Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers.
“The fire department assessed a total of 13 patients, and transported a total of eight patients,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said.
The Hague’s arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos around $50 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.
The Hague court said it had awarded shareholders in the GML group just under half of their $114 billion claim, going some way to covering the money they lost when the Kremlin seized Yukos, once controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Tim Osborne, director of GML, welcomed the award, which he said was the largest ever, as “very favourable”.