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U.N, WHO set for emergency meeting over Urban Ebola Outbreak in Congo

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The U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to consider the international risks posed by the first urban Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country and has deployed experimental vaccines.

As more than 20 people have been killed by a new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the deadly fever has entered a “new phase”, its health minister said.

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facts you must know about Ebola:

* The world’s worst epidemic of Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever, began in Guinea in December 2013 and swept through Liberia and Sierra Leone.

* It killed more than 11,300 people and infected 28,600, almost in the three worst affected nations – more cases and more deaths than in all previous outbreaks combined.

* Ebola cases were also recorded in seven other countries, including the United States, Spain and Nigeria, on a much smaller scale.

* The epidemic ended on June 9, 2016 when Liberia was declared free of Ebola.

* Ebola causes fever, flu-like pains, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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President Museveni Orders Refund of Mobile Money ‘Error’ Tax in Uganda

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President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the refunding of 1% percent mobile money tax paid by Ugandans.

In a statement issued on a social media platform , Museveni insists that the 1 per cent tax which he ordered to be reduced to 0.5 percent last week was passed in error and he signed the bill knowing it had an error.

The mobile money tax and social media tax which triggered massive outcry were effected at the start of 2018/19 financial year.

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“I signed the law with the error because we could not delay the other measures. However, parliament, when it reconvenes, will be requested to correct it. The ones whose deductions had been made on the basis of 1% should have their money reimbursed,” said Museveni.

Apart from salary earners and those who use banks, Museveni said the earnings of many other Ugandans are not known. He revealed that each day, $52 million moves around in the form of mobile money that translates into $19 billion a year.

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Egypt: 37 persons bag jail terms over illicit human organ trade

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For illegally trafficking in human organs, an Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years.

The rulings which took place on Thursday in Cairo Criminal Court, reported by the state-run Al Ahram newspaper, sentenced six people to 15 years, 11 to seven years and 20 to three years while three people were acquitted.

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The sentences can be appealed.

An investigation found that doctors, medical workers and intermediaries were involved in multiple incidents of illicit organ transplants and harvesting of human organs.

The probe found that the defendants exploited poor Egyptians who sold their organs.

Egypt prohibits the sale of human organs under a 2010 law but some Egyptians, driven by poverty, offer to sell theirs to make ends meet.

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