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Smoke rises over the Airport Road area after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli on 25 July 2014. US evacuates Libya embassy staff

The US temporarily evacuates staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital following clashes between rival militias, the state department says.

Medical staff take a blood sample from a suspected Ebola patient at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, 10 July, 2014. Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola

Entries into Nigeria are placed on red alert after the authorities confirm the first death from the Ebola virus in the commercial capital Lagos.


Russia's surprise interest rate rise Central Bank of Russia, Moscow

Russia's central bank has unexpectedly said it will raise its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension".


BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker in front of a weather satellite image of Africa Thunderstorms on Air Algerie route

BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker says there were thunderstorms in the area where Air Algerie flight AH5017 was flying before it crashed.


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