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Pastor reveals he has AIDS and is sleeping with church members from pulpit

After listening to his sermons for 24 years, parishioners of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Alabama, USA, probably thought they knew the Rev. Juan D. McFarland. But from the very pulpit where he preached about God’s love and service to the community, he delivered some stunning revelations: He had had affairs with women in the parish — and neglected to ...

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British Council announces Young Creative Entrepreneur Award

The British Council in Ghana has announced the launch of the Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE)Fashion and Design Award 2014 to foster business and collaborations between the UK and other countries. The 16 international brightest emerging entrepreneurs from participating countries – including Columbia, Russia, Nigeria and China – will be invited to take part in a programme in the UK, from 10 – 17 September 2014, as they ...

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Little girl survives 11 days in Siberian forest

A little girl lost in a remote region of Siberia inhabited by bears and wolves survived 11 days in the subarctic forest by eating wild berries and drinking river water before her dog finally left her side to summon help, leading rescuers to her location. Karina Chikitova, 3, wandered away from her home in a remote village of the Sakha ...

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Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO

Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says. The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths – over 1,000 people have died in west Africa.. The statement was made after its medical experts met in Switzerland on Monday to ...

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Ebola-infected Spanish priest becomes first man to die in Europe

The first European infected by a strain of Ebola, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, has died in hospital, Reuters reported, citing a spokeswoman for Madrid health authorities. Pajares, 75, was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after contracting the disease. The priest worked for a non-governmental organization in the African country. Co-worker Juliana Bohi, a nun who was also repatriated, has ...

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Sixty-seven giant snails seized at LA airport

Sixty-seven live giant African snails have been seized by US customs agents. The snails, which are prohibited in the US, were found by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport. They arrived from Nigeria and were intended for a person in California, said Lee Harty, a spokeswoman for the customs agency. The molluscs are among the ...

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No Ebola case recorded in Ghana – Health Ministry

The Health Ministry has announced that no case of Ebola has so far been recorded in Ghana and has since advised the general public to remain calm. A statement signed by the outgoing sector Minister, Sherry Ayittey said tests on the specimen of the American who suspected to be carrying the proved negative after it was sent to the Noguchi ...

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Korle Bu CEO was incompetent – Staff

The Senior Staff Association of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital say they are very pleased with government’s order for the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital to step down because he was a non-performer. The Ministry of Health in a statement ordered Reverend Albert Botchway to step down and revert to his position on the hospital’s board. Rev. Botchway and the board chairman, Eddie Annan have ...

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Africa elephants ‘face survival threat’ from poaching

The survival of Africa’s elephants is under threat, with estimates suggesting more than 20,000 were killed in 2013, a report says. The office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said poaching levels were far above the elephant birth rate. However, the report said poaching numbers had dropped slightly compared to the previous two years. Transnational organised ...

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Maya Angelou: US author, poet and activist dies aged 86

Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. One of America’s leading literary voices, she made her name with the 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It was the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced her life from a childhood of abuse and oppression in the Deep South in the ...

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