GOMA, Congo (AP) -- Officials in eastern Congo say the Ebola epidemic has spread to a second center after a woman was contaminated during the funeral of a victim of the disease and travelled back to her home. The health officials say 15 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic.
Congolese authorities are warning the population of the risks linked to the washing and displaying of dead bodies, a tradition that is widespread in Africa. The practice facilitates the spread of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. Around 170 people are currently under surveillance after they came into contact with infected patients.
Ebola was first discovered in Congo in 1976 and has no cure. The disease causes severe internal bleeding and is fatal in 40 percent to 90 percent of cases.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Hundreds of demonstrators have rallied in the center of the Ukrainian capital to protest what they call the government's crackdown on one of the few remaining independent TV channels ahead of parliamentary elections in late October.
About 1,500 people gathered on Saturday in support of the TVi channel and freedom of speech in Ukraine.
TVi, which is broadcast in big cities and on some cable systems, has found itself under pressure from authorities. Its offices were raided by police, many cable companies stopped transmitting it, and its director was charged with tax evasion, although the charges were later dropped.
Media and rights groups complain of increasingly shrinking media freedoms in Ukraine since Viktor Yanukovych became president in 2010.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan and India have signed a new visa agreement that makes cross-border travel easier, the latest sign of thawing relations between two countries that have long seen each other as enemies.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar announced the agreement Saturday during a press conference in Islamabad with her Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna.
The agreement makes travel easier for business people, tourists, religious pilgrims, children and the elderly.
Pakistan and India have been at odds since the two countries were carved out of British India in 1947 amid religious bloodshed on both sides. Pakistan is a Muslim-majority country, while the predominant religion in India is Hinduism.
The countries have fought three major wars, but relations have improved somewhat in the last two years, especially with respect to trade.
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani jail official says that a young Christian girl accused burning pages of the Islam's holy book has been freed from a jail near the capital.
The release comes a day after a judge granted her bail.
Mushtaq Awan says the girl left the prison in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad, Saturday afternoon.
She has been held for a little over three weeks after neighbors accused her of violating the country's strict blasphemy law.
An Associated Press reporter on the scene says she was taken from the prison in an armored vehicle and whisked to a waiting helicopter while covered with a sheet to protect her identity.
Her lawyers say they will now push to have the case against her thrown out entirely.
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong officials have dropped plans to introduce compulsory Chinese national education classes in schools that raised fears in the former British colony of pro-Beijing "brainwashing."
The semiautonomous Chinese city's leader, Leung Chun-ying, said Saturday that the government would leave it up to schools to decide whether to launch the classes, and that it would no longer be mandatory.
Leung's retreat follows a week of protests by thousands in front of government headquarters. News reports quoted organizers as saying more than 100,000 took part Friday evening.
The decision comes a day before elections for the city's legislature. Sunday's vote will be the first time the public will be able to choose more than half the seats.á
Deepening opposition to the education plans could have undermined support for pro-Beijing candidates.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's National Assembly president says he has recovered control of his Twitter account after it was taken over in a purported online attack that unleashed a series of bogus messages saying a coup was under way.
Diosdado Cabello says on state television that his account has been blocked to prevent more false messages. He blames political opponents of President Hugo Chavez.
An initial out-of-the-ordinary message on the account Saturday had said that factions of the national intelligence agency and the military were rising up against the government. Other messages called for Chavez's supporters to "defend the revolution" outside the presidential palace.
Cabello is a close Chavez ally.
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