If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

NAIROBI (Reuters) – This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon – with saplings strapped to their backs. The group are promoting the planting of native trees amid a nationwide push to replace invasive species with indigenous one to cope with

UPDATE 3-Ebola death toll in east Congo outbreak climbs above 2,000

* Death toll tops 2,000; confirmed & probable cases above 3,000 * Teams struggling to curb virus in remote, conflict-hit areas * Congo girl dies in neighbouring Uganda * Community mistrust also a problem for health workers * here (Adds data on infection rate, quote, background) By Djaffar Al Katanty and Aaron Ross GOMA, Democratic

Congo has given over 200,000 people Merck Ebola vaccine-gov’t

GOMA, Congo, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Congolese authorities and health workers vaccinated more than 200,000 people against Ebola in August, the government said on Sunday, using a Merck vaccine they hope will help rein in the world’s second worst epidemic. Figures released by the government’s Ebola committee showed that 204,044 people had been inoculated since

Ebola appears contained in Goma, but flares in other parts of Congo – WHO

* Currently no Ebola cases in Goma * Mystery over infection of elderly woman in remote area * Outbreak claims second biggest toll in disease’s history By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of