CDC says Ebola ‘catastrophe’ could face Sierra Leone as health workers strike

As one of the Ebola epicentres, the district of Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone bordering Guinea, was put under quarantine at the beginning of August. ECHO expert Cyprien Fabre visited the distrtict which is home to the largest Ebola treatment and isolation centre ever erected. The 88 bed-facility set up by ECHO partner Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is full to capacity. In the same region, another ECHO partner, the Red Cross and its network of volunteers engage in another crucial task, namely social mobilisation, contact tracing and body management. 4 in 10 Ebola sufferers recover from the lethal disease and try to pick what's left of their lives in a region now cordoned off from the world. Photo credits: ©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre/Flickr

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As one of the Ebola epicentres, the district of Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone bordering Guinea, was put under quarantine at the beginning of August. Photo credits: ©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre/Flickr

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has warned that the African country of Sierra Leone could face an Ebola “catastrophe” if the nation does not act soon.

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Meanwhile, health workers at a major state-run Ebola treatment center have gone on strike over pay and working conditions, Reuters reported on Saturday.

The current Ebola outbreak, which is the worst in history, has killed over 1,550 people across West Africa and the rate of infection continues to rise. The are reportedly over 3,000 cases of infection.

The UN has called for passenger screening, and the World Health Organization warned of a “high risk” in Kenya earlier this month. In early August, Liberia and Sierra Leone deployed their militaries in response …read more

Over 300 injured in clashes as thousands demand Pakistan PM resign

Pakistani riot policemen take position during clashes with opposition supporters near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on August 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Aamir Quresh)

Pakistani riot policemen take position during clashes with opposition supporters near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad on August 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Aamir Quresh)

Police in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, fire tear gas as at least 25,000 people people have gathered in the city center demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. A group of protesters threatened to march on the PM’s house to force him to quit.

At least 300 people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters outside Sharif’s house and the Parliament House, medical sources say.

At least 184people have been taken Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Islamabad, spokesman for the hospital, Wasim Khawaja told AFP while the Poly Clinic hospital received 130 wounded so far.

“Condition of two of them was critical. There were more than 20 policemen among the injured,” Khawaja said, adding that most of the victims were injured by rubber bullets. At least 17 women were taken to his hospital.

Khurram Ghuman, a spokesman at Islamabad’s Poly Clinic hospital, told AFP, “There are 20 women among them and most have been affected by tear gas, but they all are in stable condition.”

Iran slams new round of US sanctions as ‘invasion’, says they violate nuclear deal

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.(Reuters / Carlos Barria)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters / Carlos Barria)

Iran’s president has condemned as an “invasion” new sanctions on around 30 firms, banks and individuals, imposed by the US amid stalled talks on Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran believes Washington’s move contradicts earlier agreements.

Sanctions are an invasion of the Iranian nation. We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place,” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told officials in remarks broadcast by state TV. “We should not allow the continuation and repetition of the invasion.”

On Friday, the United States announced it was putting more pressure on Iran by penalizing around 30 businesses, banks and individuals, allegedly helping Iran proceed with working on its nuclear program, supporting terrorism and letting Iran evade prior sanctions.

Today we took additional steps in our effort to maintain pressure on the government of Iran,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council.

Additional sanctions contradict an interim agreement reached by Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, Iran’s state TV said. The deal includes Iran curbing its nuclear activities in exchange for lifting some of its sanctions.

These actions are inconsistent with the current process of nuclear negotiations,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said …read more