Governments fighting Ebola
West African governments agreed to step up their fight against the deadly Ebola virus by improving awareness of the disease, collaborating more closely and boosting surveillance. “The scale of the current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented,” Francis Kasolo, Africa director for disease prevention and control at the World Health Organization, told a press conference in Accra, Ghana. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed 467 people, including at least 32 health workers, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.
New military leaders named
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko made changes in his faltering military, appointing a new defense minister and top general while speaking angrily about the years of decay and corruption that left the forces unable to deal effectively with the well-armed eastern insurgency. His tougher tone, analysts say, reflects public pressure to continue the fight against the insurgents in the regions bordering Russia — even with a military that’s had little success. Poroshenko denounced the “complete collapse” of the government’s ability to supply the armed forces in a sometimes angry, finger-wagging speech in parliament. He won quick approval for his choice of former top police official Valery Heletey as defense minister, replacing Mikhailo Koval. He also tapped Lt. Gen. Viktor Muzhenko as chief of the military’s general staff and Yury Kosyuk, an agriculture magnate and one of Ukraine’s richest men, to oversee defense issues in the presidential administration and to help “purge the army of thieves and grafters.”
Lawyer named Legion adviser
The Vatican has named a Jesuit canon lawyer as special papal adviser to the Legion of Christ to help guide it after revelations that its founder was a pedophile and a fraud and that the order needed reform. The Rev. Gianfranco Ghirlanda is the second pontifical envoy named. Cardinal Velasio de Paolis presided over a three-year reform effort that ended in February. Ghirlanda had been one of de Paolis’ deputies. His appointment signaled that Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, doesn’t trust the initial reform resolved the Legion’s problems. Ghirlanda, while not part of the central government, is to help clarify relations with the Regnum Christi lay movement.
Morsi ouster is celebrated
A series of demonstrations and small bombings marked the anniversary of the ouster of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, and authorities responded by arresting nearly 200 people as part of their crackdown against Islamists. One of the bombs went off accidentally inside an apartment outside Cairo, killing two suspected militants.
Compiled from wire reports