Ebola virus disease is sweeping across West Africa in the largest outbreak of the virus to date. Mortality rates are currently at 60% in a disease where up to 90% of infected people can die. But despite this lethality there remain no licensed treatments or vaccines available, nearly 40 years after the disease was first discovered.
With more than 1,000 people killed in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency midnight meeting early Monday and announced "strong support ... for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in Gaza.
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday abducted the wife of the Cameroonian deputy prime minister in a dawn attack on his home village of Kolofata, north of the area where they also kidnapped a local chief and his family, residents and security sources said.