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Liberia's Sirleaf sees signs of Ebola 'stabilisation'

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the Ebola outbreak that has devastated her country is showing signs of stabilising, as the official death toll rose again.

Kidnapped Frenchman's guides under house arrest

10 minutes ago

Two Algerians who accompanied Frenchman Herve Gourdel just before militants kidnapped and beheaded him are under house arrest, security sources say.

Ugandan piglet protestors arrested

2014-10-01 21:07

Ugandan police have arrested two men over an anti-unemployment protest where they paraded four piglets painted in the ruling party colours.

Demobilised fighters in DRC camp starve to death

2014-10-01 21:07

More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their family members have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lesotho army, cops in fresh shootout

2014-10-01 17:24

Two policemen in Lesotho have been wounded during a shoot-out between the force and the military.

Guinea Bissau pardons accused in failed coup

2014-10-01 16:03

Guinea-Bissau's new president has pardoned a group of soldiers who were convicted in a failed 2012 coup attempt, according to a decree read out on the radio.

South Sudan bill gives security forces 'excessive' powers

2014-10-01 16:03

South Sudanese lawmakers have proposed granting security forces the ability to make "virtually unrestricted powers of arrest" in the war-torn nation, Amnesty International warns.

Nigeria's leader says 'turning tide' against Islamists

2014-10-01 13:01

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says the army is turning the tide against Boko Haram Islamists - in what sounded like a bid for re-election just months before polls.

Nigerian man sentenced for running drug ring

2014-10-01 14:28

A Nigerian who authorities say ran one of the most expansive heroin smuggling networks ever uncovered involving Houston's main airport has been sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison.

1 400 US troops soon headed to Liberia for Ebola mission

2014-10-01 07:56

The US military will send more than a thousand troops to Liberia in coming weeks as part of Washington’s effort to counter the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, the Pentagon says.

 

Sudan arrests dozens of activists

10 minutes ago

Sudan has arrested scores of activists, lawyers and journalists over the past two weeks in a crackdown coinciding with the anniversary of massive protests against the lifting of fuel subsidies.

Investigate Lesotho shootings - Ramaphosa

2014-10-01 21:41

Deputy President and SADC facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an investigation into the shootings in Maseru, Lesotho.

Libya army declares ceasefire

2014-10-01 21:07

The Libyan army has declared a halt to military operations 'on all fronts,' local media say.

Kenya sentences Iranians using Israeli passports

2014-10-01 19:12

A Kenyan court has jailed two Iranians to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports.

DRC Ebola outbreak kills 42 since August

2014-10-01 17:24

The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the deadly Ebola virus to 42 as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the deadly disease in Africa this year.

Ivory Coast truth commission testimony ends

2014-10-01 16:03

Public testimony has ended in Ivory Coast's truth commission, which was formed to probe nearly a decade of bloody political violence.

Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises

2014-10-01 16:03

The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health.

Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites ISIS threat

2014-10-01 14:28

Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbour.

Ramaphosa Lesotho visit continues

2014-10-01 07:56

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is continuing his visit to Lesotho to assist and facilitate the current political situation in the country, his office says.

Ebola victims or not, Liberia burns them all

2014-10-01 11:22

Since the Ebola epidemic began to escalate the dead have been brought to one crematorium in Monrovia, where it matters little whether the bodies have died of Ebola, or a different affliction altogether, all bodies are burnt.

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