Endorsed by rebel group, Philippine peace negotiator picked for top court

Updated 21 November 2012
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Endorsed by rebel group, Philippine peace negotiator picked for top court

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has appointed his chief peace negotiator with Muslim rebels as a Supreme Court associate justice.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Marvic Leonen took his oath Wednesday to fill a vacancy after Maria Lourdes Sereno was promoted from associate justice to chief justice in August.
Leonen’s panel recently signed a framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Lacierda says MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal wrote to Aquino endorsing Leonen’s appointment.
Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles says negotiations with the MILF for a final agreement will not be affected. A replacement will be announced soon.
Leonen, 49, was dean of the law school at the University of the Philippines and has a Master of Law degree from Columbia University.


Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

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Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

  • The have so far been 27 deaths in this latest outbreak of the killer disease
  • There are plans to distribute a vaccine which is due to have started Monday

KINSHASA, Congo: Congo’s health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign.
Health Minister Oly Ilunga said late Sunday that the nurse’s death brings the death toll to 27. There are now 49 hemorrhagic fever cases: 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and 6 suspected.
Ilunga said two patients have recovered from Ebola, returning home.
Congo’s health delegation, including the health minister, and representatives of the World Health Organization and United Nations have arrived in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of more than 1 million where Ebola has spread, to launch the vaccination campaign Monday. The ministry said it will take five days to target health care workers and 100 registered contacts in the city.