WEST AFRICA

Two nations meet target

for containing Ebola

Liberia and Guinea have met a Dec. 1 target for isolating 70 percent of people infected with Ebola and safely burying 70 percent of those who die but Sierra Leone has not, the World Health Organization said Monday.

Only last week, the U.N. health agency said only Guinea was on track to meet the targets for getting the Ebola outbreak under control in the three hardest-hit West African countries.

But at a news conference in Geneva, WHO's Bruce Aylward said the organization had revised its conclusion based on more analysis of its data. Sierra Leone also probably met the targets in the west of the country, he said, and likely will improve to the 70 percent target nationwide "in the coming weeks."

Aylward also told reporters that WHO's ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has shown it is possible to quickly reduce the "yawning gap" between disease levels and the capacity to respond. "You can catch up with Ebola even on this scale," he said. - AP
INDIA

13 security officers killed

Maoist rebels killed 13 Indian security personnel in an ambush in the central state of Chhattisgarh, the deadliest attack by them since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in May. The incident happened when a squad from the Central Reserve Police Force engaged with armed guerrillas in forested areas in the Sukma district of the state yesterday, R.K. Vij, an additional director general of police in the state, said by phone Monday. Specific details weren't yet known, he said. Security forces have made gains against the rebels recently.

- Bloomberg

WEST BANK

Israeli civilian stabbed

A Palestinian woman stabbed and slightly wounded an Israeli civilian before being shot and wounded by Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Monday, the military said. Israeli media reports said the suspect was seriously wounded. The Israeli was treated at the scene. Later Monday, police said an Israeli bus was pelted with rocks in the West Bank. No one was injured in the attack. - AP