World Briefs: Nigeria Ebola worries rise

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LAGOS, Ni­ge­ria — Ni­ge­rian health au­thor­i­ties ac­knowl­edged Tues­day that they did not im­me­di­ately quar­an­tine a sick air­line pas­sen­ger who later died of Ebola, an­nounc­ing that eight health work­ers who had di­rect con­tact with him were now in iso­la­tion with symp­toms of the dis­ease.

Ebola, which can cause vic­tims to bleed from the eyes and mouths be­fore a grisly death, has killed nearly 900 peo­ple across four coun­tries in West Africa, a deeply im­pov­er­ished re­gion with se­verely lim­ited med­i­cal re­sources.

The out­break, which emerged in March, spread to Ni­ge­ria in late July when Patrick Saw­yer, a 40-year-old Amer­i­can of Libe­rian de­scent, flew from Libe­ria’s cap­i­tal to the mega­c­ity of Lagos. The an­nounce­ment that Mr. Saw­yer was not im­me­di­ately quar­an­tined un­der­scores con­cerns that West Africa is ill-equipped to con­tain such a dis­ease.

The of­fi­cial death toll for the worst-ever out­break of Ebola now stands at 887, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. All but Saw­yer have died in Guinea, Libe­ria and Si­erra Leone, where gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said hun­dreds of troops were be­ing de­ployed across the coun­try to en­force quar­an­tines.

Suez Canal ex­pan­sion

CAIRO — Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties Tues­day an­nounced plans for a ma­jor up­grade of the Suez Canal, one of the world’s most im­por­tant wa­ter­ways which con­nects the Medi­ter­ra­nean to the Red Sea.

The proj­ect will in­volve dig­ging 35 ki­lo­me­tres of a new par­al­lel ca­nal and wid­en­ing the ex­ist­ing ca­nal along a fur­ther 37 ki­lo­me­tres, Mu­hab Mu­may­ish, Suez Canal Au­thor­ity chief, told a con­fer­ence in Is­mail­iya.

Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah al-Sissi re­cently prom­ised the pub­lic a “sur­prise,” rais­ing ex­pec­ta­tions that he would re­veal plans for an eco­nomic boost af­ter the gov­ern­ment abol­ished fuel sub­si­dies.

Bat­tle reaches Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine — Fight­ing in east­ern Ukraine reached the main rebel strong­hold of Donetsk on Tues­day as sep­a­rat­ists and gov­ern­ment troops ex­changed rocket fire in neigh­bor­hoods on the edge of the city.

As gov­ern­ment troops try to tighten their en­circle­ment of rebel cit­a­dels, of­fi­cials in Kiev have warned of a spike in Rus­sian troop num­bers along the bor­der, arous­ing re­newed fears of in­ter­ven­tion by Mos­cow.

En­clave fight­ing flares

BAKU, Azer­bai­jan — U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon on Tues­day ex­pressed “deep con­cern” over the re­sur­gence of fight­ing over the re­mote, moun­tain­ous en­clave of Nagorno-Kara­bakh that by Mon­day had taken the lives of 13 Azer­bai­ja­nis and six Ar­me­nians, and urged Ar­me­nia and Azer­bai­jan to re­spect the long-agreed cease-fire con­di­tions.

A six-year war be­tween the two for­mer So­viet re­pub­lics had been dor­mant since a truce was bro­kered by Rus­sia 20 years ago — un­til clashes re­sumed in the South Cau­ca­sus re­gion last week.

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The fight­ing in Gaza claimed an un­ex­pected ca­su­alty among the Brit­ish po­lit­i­cal elite Tues­day when Say­eeda Warsi, the first Muslim to serve in the Brit­ish Cabi­net, re­signed, say­ing the gov­ern­ment’s “ap­proach and lan­guage” in the cri­sis had been “mor­ally in­de­fen­si­ble.” … With lit­tle more than six weeks to go be­fore a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence for Scot­land, the main Brit­ish po­lit­i­cal par­ties prom­ised Tues­day to grant new de­volved pow­ers to Scots if they de­cide to keep their union with the rest of Brit­ain.

— Com­piled from news ser­vices

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