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Ebola Fighters named TIME 2014 Person of the Year

The people combating Ebola in West Africa have been named TIME magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year.

The men and women were praised by the magazine for “willing to stand and fight” against the killer virus, which has no known cure and has killed more than 6,000 people and infected more than 17,800 others.

The worst hit countries are Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

“For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defences, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year,” TIME editor Nancy Gibbs said.

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“The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight.”

Those honoured include doctors, medical relief workers, nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams.

Ferguson protesters were runners-up followed by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

The TIME awards “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year”.