BAMAKO, Mali

Ebola outbreak in Mali declared officially over

Mali’s health minister says the West African country is Ebola-free after recording no new cases for 42 days, the period required for the World Health Organization to declare an outbreak officially over.

Health Minister Ousmane Kone made the announcement in a statement Sunday night.

Mali recorded its first Ebola case in October, then nearly eradicated the disease before a new wave of cases occurred in November. In total, the disease infected eight people, killing six of them, according to the WHO.

Ebola has killed more than 8,400 people in West Africa.

LOS ANGELES

Federal authorities indict 60 Sinaloa cartel members

Federal authorities in San Diego have announced sweeping indictments against 60 members of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, accusing individuals ranging from its top leaders down to the operators of drug distribution cells in Southern California of conspiracy, drug trafficking and money laundering.

The indictment unsealed Friday was just the latest for the cartel’s top boss, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, 67, who also has outstanding cases against him in Washington, New York and Chicago.

Zambada, who is wanted by the U.S. for a reward up to $5 million, is believed to have taken over the cartel’s leadership after last year’s capture of long-wanted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The cases also targeted the up-and-coming leadership of the cartel.

– From news service reports