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An Ebola information billboard is displayed near the John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Centre in Monrovia, on August 19, 2014The UN's new pointman on Ebola was due to arrive in west Africa on Thursday for a visit aimed at shoring up health services in the region where at least 1,350 lives have been lost to the virus. David Nabarro, a British physician appointed last week by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, said he would focus on "revitalising the health sectors" in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. "One of the major issues is that health sectors and health services in countries affected by Ebola have really suffered," Nabarro told reporters in New York ahead of his trip.

Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly speaking with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaDr. Kent Brantly was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital.

Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.

Ukrainian soldiers muster at a point close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Ukrainian troops make a significant push into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, claiming control over a large part of Luhansk and encircling the largest rebel-held city, Donetsk, in fighting that has left at least 43 dead. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Five troops were killed and two civilians died in the past 24 hours in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed to recapture more territory from pro-Russian separatists.

Somali soldiers patrol in Wadajir district south of the capital following heavy fighting as Somali government and African Union troops battled a powerful militia warlord in Mogadishu on August 15, 2014Three senior Somali journalists will face trial for broadcasts allegedly inciting violence, the government said Thursday, dismissing reports they had been tortured in jail as "pure fabrication." Radio Shabelle and its sister station Sky FM were shut down Friday and 21 people arrested, after they were reportedly critical of a military operation to disarm a militia leader in the capital Mogadishu that escalated into heavy gun battles. "Both radio stations were encouraging the public to take up arms against government forces," the information ministry said in a statement. Eighteen workers, including journalists, technicians and guards, were released within two days, but a court has ordered three senior staff be held pending an investigation.

Police arrive as Botswana public servants demonstrate on the road in Gaborone on June 1, 2011A Botswana police investigation has found the death of an opposition leader just months before a general election to be an accident, a claim angrily rejected by his party. Police Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe late Wednesday ruled out foul play in the death of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) secretary general Gomolemo Motswaledi. "The investigations reveal that Mr Motswaledi's death was the result of a road accident uninduced by any foul play," Makgophe said in a statement. Duma Boko the president of the UDC -- a coalition of opposition parties -- said experts contracted by them, including pathologists, had not yet ruled out foul play.

Car slams into ambulance in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a car slammed head-on into an ambulance in North Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel search for missing residents in a mud-ridden residential area following a massive landslide in Hiroshima, western Japan, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing more than 30 people and leaving a several missing, Japanese police said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUTTOKYO (AP) — Japanese police say the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city has risen to 39, with 51 people still missing.

The headquarters of German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon in NeubibergInfineon brushed off concern that it was spending too much to buy U.S.-based International Rectifier, saying the deal promised a wealth of benefits for the German chipmaker. Infineon announced the $3 billion cash deal late on Wednesday. The price was 51 percent above International Rectifier's market value before it was announced and Infineon shares fell in after-hours trading. "The premia (in the chip sector) are high, but the 50 percent we are offering is pretty much in the middle of the bandwidth in this space," Infineon finance chief Dominik Asam told analysts during a conference call on Thursday.

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's supporters try to shield themselves as police fire tear gas during a protest near the Constitutional Court in JakartaBy Kanupriya Kapoor and Fransiska Nangoy JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police fired teargas to disperse thousands of protesters outside the country's top court in Jakarta on Thursday, as judges started delivering their verdict into last month's disputed presidential election. Losing candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked the Constitutional Court to overturn the election result, saying the vote in the world's third largest democracy was tainted by mass fraud. The court is widely expected to uphold Joko Widodo's election victory and the verdict cannot be appealed. The court has never overturned the result of a presidential election.

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