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LIVE Africa Live: West Africa 'is Ebola-free', Mugabe health rumour 'lies'

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivers his State of the Nation address in Parliament in Harare on August 25, 2015.






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BREAKINGWest Africa is officially Ebola free

Imogen Foulkes
BBC News, Geneva
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, meaning that all known chains of transmission of the disease have been stopped in West Africa.
But the WHO warns the job of defeating Ebola is not yet over, and more flare ups are expected.

'Lies' about Mugabe's health

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivers his State of the Nation address in Parliament in Harare on August 25, 2015.
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Robert Mugabe has ruled since 1980
A rumour that Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, 91, has suffered a heart attack is a "grim lie", his spokesman George Charamba is quoted by the state-run Herald newspaper as saying
Online news website Zim Eye said yesterday that Mr Mugabe was believed to have collapsed after suffering a heart attack while on holiday with his family. 
"This is the way the website seeks to improve its hits in order to get dirty money from Google. There is a financial incentive to the grim lie," Mr Charamba told The Herald.
"You cannot doubt that there will be a story on the president's alleged death every January," he added. 

West Africa to be Ebola free

Liberia is to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), effectively putting an end to the world's worst outbreak of the disease.
The "end of active transmission" will be declared after 42 days without a new case in Liberia.
It joins Guinea and Sierra Leone, which earned the status last year.
However, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has warned that West Africa may see flare-ups of the virus. It has killed more than 11,000 people since December 2013.
People walk past a wall with a sign about Ebola
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