Avalanche in French Alps kills three
LYON • An avalanche killed at least three people and seriously injured others when it swept into skiers, including a group of students, on a closed slope in the French Alps on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said.
The dead were two teens, aged 14 and 16, and a Ukrainian adult skier who was not with the school group, said the police and an official from the Les Deux Alpes resort, which is 50km from the Italian border.
Ebola epidemic over, says WHO
MONROVIA (Liberia) • A two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 people and triggered a global health alert was declared over yesterday, with Liberia the last country to get the all-clear from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva.
The deadliest outbreak in the history of the feared tropical virus emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013. At its peak, it devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with bodies piling up in the streets and overwhelmed hospitals recording hundreds of new cases a week.
Shimon Peres stable after heart procedure
JERUSALEM • Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres was stable in hospital yesterday after successfully undergoing minor surgery for a narrowed artery that had caused chest pain, officials said.
The 92-year-old former prime minister and president "feels well and is fully conscious" after the catheterisation procedure at a hospital near Tel Aviv, his spokesman said.