Congo says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gestures during a press conference following an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo on May 18, 2018 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. (AFP)
Updated 26 May 2018
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Congo says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths

KINSHASA, Congo: Congo’s health ministry says there are now 35 confirmed cases of Ebola in the country’s northwest, including 10 deaths confirmed from the often lethal virus.
The ministry says there are also 13 probable cases and six suspected ones.
A vaccination campaign continues in Mbandaka, the city of 1.2 million on the Congo River where four Ebola cases have been confirmed.
The other confirmed cases are in the rural areas of Bikoro and Iboko. Of the confirmed Ebola deaths, five have occurred in Bikoro, two in Iboko and three in the Wangata area of Mbandaka.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a meeting in Geneva on Saturday that “I am personally committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to stop this outbreak as soon as possible.”


UK's PM Theresa May wins vote of confidence in her leadership

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UK's PM Theresa May wins vote of confidence in her leadership

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a bid by her own MPs to unseat her, securing the support of 200 Conservative colleagues while 117 voted against her.

The British leader overcame the party no-confidence vote after it was triggered by hardline Brexit supporters who despise the deal she struck with the EU last month.

It leaves May weakened but immune from a further internal challenge for a year.

May said after the result that she would get on with her "renewed mission" of taking Britain out of the European Union.

"Following this ballot, we now have to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country," May told reporters outside her Downing Street residence.

May said she would seek legal and political assurances from EU leaders on Thursday on the backstop arrangement over the border between EU member state Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland

Meanwhile, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that Britain's parliament needs to regain control of the Brexit process.

"Tonight's vote makes no difference to the lives of our people," Corbyn said in a statement. "She must now bring her dismal deal back to the House of Commons next week so Parliament can take back control."