France hands over 1,400 assault rifles to the Central African armed forces (Faca), thus reaffirming, in the face of Russia’s growing influence, its support for the conflict-torn country. French Defence Minister Florence Parly oversaw the handover at a ceremony at M’Polo military base in the capital Bangui. IMAGES
The UN is warning of the rising death toll from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The disease which causes internal bleeding and spreads rapidly has already taken 200 lives in a matter of months. And the daily rate of new cases in the Central African country more than doubled in early October. Officials say its the worst outbreak in the country’s history.
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