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Ebola virus: Top Sierra Leone doctor, Sheik Umar Khan, dies of disease

info-pictogram1 The top doctor treating patients infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has died from the disease, officials have confirmed. Dr Sheik Umar Khan had been hospitalised in quarantine since he contracted the virus last week. The virologist was credited with treating more than 100 patients at the hospital in Kenema – one of the world’s leading Ebola diagnosis facilities.

“It is a big and irreparable loss to Sierra Leone as he was the only specialist the country had in viral haemorrhagic fevers,” Kargbo said on Tuesday.

The current outbreak is the largest in history, so far killing more than 672 people across West Africa since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Nations affected include Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

Dr Khan’s death on Tuesday afternoon was confirmed by chief medical officer Dr Brima Kargbo, who had previously hailed him as a “national hero” when she announced he had contracted the the disease.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Video Source: Al Jazeera

Gaza’s sole power plant shut down by shelling (Video)

Hundreds of attacks send toll soaring, while Gaza’s only power station shuts down after being hit.

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

info-pictogram1 Gaza City – At least 100 Gazans have been killed in Israeli bombardment on Tuesday, Gaza officials have said, hours after shells hit the enclave’s only power station.

A thick column of black smoke was seen rising from the power station on Tuesday, mingling with other plumes sent into the air by Israeli shelling.

Gaza officials said the death toll from the invasion had now reached 1,178, with at least 100 killed since midnight on Tuesday. More than 6,800 Gazans had been injured. The AFP news agency reported that one air raid alone in northern Gaza had killed 10 people on Tuesday.

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Breaking News: Deadly Israeli airstrike in Gaza Strip (Video)

info-pictogram1 Some viewers may find contents of this video graphic. The Israeli military launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday (8 july), killing at least 10 Palestinians including two children.

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Golf ball-sized hailstones smash cars in Kansas (Video)

info-pictogram1 A powerful hailstorm pounded Mulvane, Kansas, late on Tuesday night, pelting down enough power to smash numerous car windows parked outside the Kansas Star Casino. The thunderstorm unleashed hail of up to two inches (five centimetres) in diameter.