Dead Sierra Leone patient tests positive for Ebola – spokesman

FREETOWN, Rabi’II 5, 1437, Jan 15, 2016, SPA — A body has tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said, just hours after the World Health Organization said transmission of the virus in West Africa had ended, according to Reuters.

Two swab tests carried out on the deceased person by British health organisation Public Health England came back positive in the north of the country, the spokesman said late on Thursday.

Neither the gender nor age of the deceased was released.

The tests reinforce concerns about flare-ups of the virus that has killed more than 11,300 people since 2013, almost all of which were in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Sierra Leone had been declared free of the virus on Nov. 7.

The World Health Organisation warned on Thursday that despite there being no known transmissions of the disease in over two months, there could still cases of the disease in the region, which has suffered the world’s deadliest outbreak over the past two years, as survivors can carry the virus for months and can pass it on.

11:54 LOCAL TIME 08:54 GMT

IMF decision on third Greek bailout could take until Q2 – Lagarde says

BERLIN, Rabi’II 5, 1437, Jan 15, 2016, SPA — It may take the International Monetary Fund until the second quarter to decide on whether to take part in a third bailout for Greece, Reuters cited the lender’s chief Christine Lagarde as telling a German newspaper on Friday.

She added in remarks to Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the question of debt sustainability and progress on Greek pension reforms would be key to any participation.

“It is clear that pension reform is the trigger that will prove that Greece’s economic position is improving,” she was quoted as saying.

11:03 LOCAL TIME 08:03 GMT

Asian stocks fall after opening up as China concerns weigh

SEOUL, South Korea, Rabi’II 5, 1437, Jan 15, 2016, SPA — After opening higher, Asian stock markets were lower Friday with China’s Shanghai index sinking more than 3 percent as concerns about the effect of China’s stimulus measures surfaced, renewing fears about slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, AP reported.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 erased earlier gains, losing 1 percent to 17,065.27. South Korea’s Kospi also slid 1.3 percent to 1,875.74 while Hong Kogn’s Hang Seng dropped 1.3 percent to 19,572.56. China’s Shanghai Composite Index slumped 3.1 percent to 2,916.04. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 also gave up earlier gains and fell 0.3 percent to 4,892.80. Stocks in Southeast Asia were mixed.
U.S. stocks finished higher with the biggest gain in over a month thanks to a rally in energy stocks. The Dow rose 227.64 points, or 1.4 percent, to 16,379.05. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 31.56 points, or 1.7 percent, to 1,921.84. The Nasdaq composite added 88.94 points, or 2 percent, to 4,615.
The price of crude oil fell again after a rebound in the previous session although it still traded above $30 a barrel. Benchmark U.S. crude fell 59 cents to $30.61 per barrel in New York.
The euro rose to $1.0879 from $1.0859, while the dollar fell to 117.83 yen from 118.20 yen.

10:06 LOCAL TIME 07:06 GMT

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