FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed his Health Minister Miatta Kargbo on Friday over her handling of the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 400 people in the West African country. A presidency statement said that Kargbo was removed "to create a conducive environment for efficient and effective handling of the Ebola outbreak". She will be replaced by her deputy Dr Abubakarr Fofanah, the statement said.
The Tunisian coast guard recovered on Friday the bodies of 15 migrants, most probably Syrians, who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea near the maritime border with Libya, officials said. They said the overcrowded boat probably started its ill-fated journey to Europe in neighbouring Libya, a frequent departure point for illegal migrants amid the country's growing political chaos. Nearly 2,000 have drowned this year while risking the passage from Libya to Europe, it said.