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World in Brief August 15 2018

CONGO: The current Ebola outbreak has spread into Ituri province, the health ministry reported yesterday, citing 57 cases of haemorrhagic fever — 30 of them confirmed as Ebola. Of 41 reported deaths, 14 have been confirmed as Ebola.

A vaccination campaign is under way in neighbouring North Kivu province, in the north-east of the country.

However, the campaign is hampered by the presence of armed groups in the densely populated region close to the Uganda border.

POLAND: The European Union stepped up pressure on Warsaw yesterday over its Supreme Court legislation, giving it a month to submit.

The legislation would force early retirement on over a third of Supreme Court justices, as the culmination of the ruling Law and Justice party’s efforts to control the entire court system.

The EU Commission says it falls short of European values and it could open a case at the highest EU court.

BOSNIA: Serb leader Milorad Dodik told the Bosnian Serb (Republika Srpska) republic parliament yesterday that a report acknowledging the 1995 Srebrenica massacre must be revoked.

Mr Dodik, who advocates merging Republika Srpska with Serbia, rejects UN war crimes court rulings that the killing of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys constituted genocide.

A general election is scheduled for October 7 in Republika Srpska.

AUSTRALIA: Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was given a one-year jail sentence yesterday, to be served in his sister’s house.

Child abuse victim Peter Gogarty repeatedly asked him outside court to apologise for covering up paedophile priest James Fletcher’s crimes, to no avail.

Mr Gogarty, who derided the sentence as a holiday, said: “I’m beside myself about this. I’m still here, still hurting ... and not a single, solitary word to say sorry.”

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