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Ebola vaccine 100 % effective protection-trial results show

In what is seen as mooting "the beginning of the end" of the killer West African outbreak, an Ebola vaccine provided 100-percent protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said Friday, Daily Nation reported Friday citing an AFP source.

Hailing the results from the first efficacy test of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine among people living in a high-danger zone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reportedly  said, The world is "on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine,".

"This is an extremely promising development," added WHO chief Margaret Chan.

Nigeria: 5 killed in suicide bomb attack in Friday market in northeastern Nigeria

At least five people are dead after a suicide bomber struck in Gamboru market on Friday, reports from the town of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria said according to VOA.

A reporter with VOA quoted witnesses to Friday's bombing as saying a number of people were injured as well. Although no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, VOA says the region is a hotbed of Boko Haram activity. Boko Haram has carried out a string of such assaults in the area that have killed hundreds in recent weeks.

China will not withdraw embassy from Somalia- Chinese ambassador

Chinese ambassador Wei Tianhong has said China will not withdraw embassy from Somalia after after a deadly terror attack hit Chinese embassy last week, wargeyska news quoted the official microblog of China’s national TV network.

The Chinese ambassador reportedly said that he and other staff members will overcome difficulties and adhere in Somalia to continue promoting bilateral relations.

On the afternoon of July 26, an attacker drove a car rigged with bombs into the gate of theJazeera Palace Hotel, where the suicide bombing took place, as it housed the embassy of China.

Drone with wingspan of Boeing 737, can fly upto 90,000 built by Facebook for internet access

Facebook is set to test its drone later this year, an equipment which has a wingspan of a Boeing 737 – and will operate as high as 90,000 feet in the air, and can stay airborne for 90 days at a time, BBC reported Friday.

The drone is expected to bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world, the social network has announced according to BBC. Facebook reportedly said the drones would be able to offer internet speeds of 10 gigabits a second.

Somalia: 11 killed, 5 others injured in clashes between forces and Al Shabaab

A  Somali military official said Friday that at least 11 people were killed and five others injured after forces loyal to self-proclaimed Westland state supported by Ethiopian troops under African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM)engaged in a gun battle with Al-Shabab fighters in some parts of Hiraan region, Goobjoog News reported.

Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Dividends Grabbed To Offset Loans

In a new twist to solve the current crisis  affecting heavily indebted states in the Nigeria, some of Nigeria’s commercial banks heavily exposed to Nigeria’s near bankrupt states impounded the dividends from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG). This move is intended to offset the loans granted to the states.

This revelation was made today by Governor Abdulazeez Yari of the northern Nigeria Zamfara state. He was explaining the current salary crisis in several states even with the release of the funds anticipated to give some assistance to the indebted states.

Uganda: 3 primary school teachers among 238 arrested for early morning alcoholism

Three primary school teachers, a government military officer attached to Bombo Military headquarters at a rank of a lieutenant and secondary school students were among  some 238 people apprehended Wednesday by security operatives in an operation code-named ‘Curtailing early morning alcoholism in  Uganda’s Manafwa District,’ Daily Monitor reported Friday morning.

UK: Coach of Somali-born British athlete Mo Farah innocent in violating anti-doping rules case

According to the latest reports, an initial investigation by UK athletics into allegations made about Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar finds no evidence of wrongdoing, Eurosport reported Thursday.

According to reports, the review followed a BBC documentary last month that alleged Salazar and U.S. Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp had violated anti-doping rules. UK Athletics said in a statement that it had received this week the initial findings of the review by its Performance Oversight Group (POG).

Somalia: No elections in 2016 due to Al-Shabaab says President

Citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency, Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, The New York Times reported Thursday saying opposition parties however charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud whose term expires in August reportedly said in a statement  that  National elections are impossible amid rampant violence orchestrated by the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.