Classical music lovers It was music to their ears when it was announced Vladimir Ashkenazy had waived his fee for two free concerts on Friday and last night "as a special gift to Hong Kong". The Russian-born classical pianist and conductor directed the Hong Kong Philharmonic for the concerts at the Grand Hall on the Centennial Campus of the University of Hong Kong. Not surprisingly, the 1,600 tickets were like gold dust, and quickly snapped up by music lovers. Nigeria Africa's most populous country was declared free of killer virus Ebola in what World Health Organisation representative Rui Vaz hailed as "a spectacular success story that shows the world that Ebola can be contained". A key reason for Nigeria's success was that all agencies involved in the anti-Ebola effort worked together, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said. Dr Denis Mukwege The 59-year-old gynaecologist won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rival forces fighting for control of vast mineral riches have used mass rape for decades to terrorise the local population. Mukwege founded the General Referral Hospital of Panzi in South Kivu province which has seen some of the worst violence.