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» Congo Ebola epidemic exceeds 1,000 cases: health ministry

Congo Ebola epidemic exceeds 1,000 cases: health ministryCongo's Ebola epidemic has now exceeded 1,000 cases, the Health Ministry said on Monday, with a death toll of 629 in the world's second worst ever outbreak. Health workers have been better prepared than ever for this latest epidemic of the hemorrhagic fever, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding, and kills more than half those it infects. New technologies like a trial vaccine, experimental treatments and futuristic cube-shaped mobile units for treating patients have helped curb the spread of the virus.






» Study shows limited control over privacy breaches by pre-installed Android apps

Study shows limited control over privacy breaches by pre-installed Android appsThe study did not look at whether the EU's General Data Protection Regulation laws would bring greater oversight to pre-installed apps on Android devices. The study found the setup posed a potential threat to users' privacy and security because the pre-installed apps request access to data that similar apps distributed through Google's Play app store cannot reach. Pre-installed apps often cannot be uninstalled, and Google may not be performing as rigorous security checks of them as it does for app store versions, the researchers found.






» Oil prices hit by worries of sharp economic slowdown

Oil prices hit by worries of sharp economic slowdownBrent crude oil futures were down 36 cents, or 0.54 percent, at $66.67 per barrel at 1200 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were at $58.75 per barrel, down 29 cents, or 0.49 percent. Both crude oil price benchmarks closed down last week after briefly hitting their highest since November 2018. "Oil remains in a tug-of-war between fundamentals and a fickle sentiment in the global financial markets," said Vandana Hari of consultancy Vanda Insights.