Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Aug. 5

FREETOWN -- Freetown, the capital and the entire Sierra Leone was on Monday like a "ghost town" as residents of the west african state observed a one day "Stay Home" proclaimed by the President for people to "reflect, pray and educate" family members on the Ebola virus.

All shops and offices were closed for stock taking on the disease, traffic was at a stand still with no vehicle movement except essential staffs who were going around sensitizing the people on the dangers of the disease. All radio stations throughout the country including the national broadcaster dedicated the entire day on educating and sensitizing its listeners on the disease. (Sierra Leone-Health)

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SOFIA -- Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev on Tuesday presented a caretaker government whose main task, according to the country' s constitution, is to organize early parliamentary elections on Oct. 5.

Plevneliev said in a statement that the caretaker government, led by Georgi Bliznashki, professor of constitutional law, would take office on Wednesday. (Bulgaria-Caretaker Government)

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GAZA -- An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for 72 hours, which was approved by both Israel and Hamas-led militant groups, came into effect in the Gaza Strip at 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Tuesday.

According to the agreement, both sides mutually cease fire for 72 hours, refrain from fighting and hold indirect talks in Cairo to discuss the details of a permanent truce. (Gaza-Palestinians-Ceasefire)

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CAIRO -- Egypt announced on Tuesday it will launch a project to dig a new 72-km canal alongside the original Suez Canal, Head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish said during the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal Corridor project.

He said the new project aims to create "a new Suez Canal parallel to the current channel," Mohab Mamish told a televised conference attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Ismailia province. (Egypt-Canal)