World Bank trims estimate of Ebola economic cost


WASHINGTON: The World Bank trimmed its estimates of the economic damage of the Ebola epidemic on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), but warned that the three main affected countries would still bear a heavy cost. After warning last October that the outbreak, which has killed more than 8,600, could wreak $25 billion in economic losses across all of West Africa, the bank said that with Ebola now broadly contained, the toll could run to $6.2 billion. However, the epidemic “will continue to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone even as transmission rates in the three countries show significant signs of slowing,” it said.
Two more planets in our Solar System: astronomers
PARIS: The Solar System has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, Spanish and British astronomers say. In a study published in the latest issue of the British journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers propose that “at least two” planets lie beyond Pluto. Their calculations are based on the unusual orbital behavior of very distant space rocks called extreme trans-Neptunian objects, or ETNOs.


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