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Murder case opened against cleric

Pakistani authorities have opened a murder investigation against an anti-government cleric after a police officer was killed in clashes with the cleric’s supporters, a top Pakistani official said. The clashes and murder investigation are part of escalating tensions in Pakistan where two high-profile figures — the cleric and cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan — have called for the government’s ouster. Both are calling for a march on the capital Islamabad on Thursday, vowing to bring thousands into the streets.


Doctors to get experimental drug

The Liberian government says it will receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug to treat doctors in the West African country. The U.S. government confirmed that it had put Liberian officials in touch with the maker of ZMapp, and referred additional questions to Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. It was unclear how much of the treatment would be sent but government officials cautioned that the company had only a limited supply. The company said in a statement that its supply had been exhausted. Thus far, two Americans and a Spaniard have received the drug.

Ex-soccer star Weah records Ebola song

Liberia’s world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola. Weah said he hopes the song will help stop the spread of Ebola. “Let us all arise and come together to fight Ebola; Ebola is real,” the lyrics of the song exhort. Weah, who before he retired was once named FIFA’s player of the year, is now a politician and singer.

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