Boko Haram takes over another town

2014-08-21 18:59

Boko Haram has seized control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into Islamist hands in the crisis-hit region.

Vietnam releases 2 Nigerians isolated for Ebola tests

2014-08-21 13:02

Vietnam has released two Nigerians isolated after arriving from West Africa with fevers, saying they show no symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.

Residents riot as police quarantine slum to curb ebola

2014-08-20 17:21

Riots broke out in Monrovia after the government quarantined Liberia's biggest slum in an effort to curb the Ebola epidemic.

Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

2014-08-20 15:53

Security forces deployed to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.

Top doctor is Nigeria's fifth Ebola death

2014-08-20 09:05

A senior doctor who treated Nigeria's first Ebola patient has died, taking the death toll in Africa's most populous country to five, health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says.

Ebola has killed 1 200 people so far

2014-08-19 12:36

Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2 240, including 1 229 deaths, the WHO says, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.

Ebola fears hit Nigerian festival

2014-08-18 19:59

Organisers of one of Nigeria's most famous cultural festivals say they were warning outsiders to stay away because of fears about Ebola.

Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE

2014-08-18 10:32

Health officials in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi say that a Nigerian woman who arrived on a flight transiting the city and who may have been infected with the Ebola virus has died.

Nigeria trains 800 volunteers to fight Ebola

2014-08-16 20:28

Nigeria has trained 800 volunteers to help fight the deadly Ebola epidemic that has already claimed four lives in Africa's most populous country.

Chad frees Boko captives at border

2014-08-15 22:29

Chadian soldiers have killed most of the Boko Haram insurgents and set free most of the captives from the recent abduction.

Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in Nigeria

2014-08-15 13:24

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, leading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses say.

W Africa struggles to deal with Ebola outbreak

2014-08-15 08:47

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has claimed a fourth victim in Nigeria while the US has ordered the evacuation of diplomats’ families from Sierra Leone.

Ebola: Liberia braces for food shortages

2014-08-14 16:15

Liberia is bracing for food and petrol shortages, after neighbouring Ivory Coast blocked access of ships from all four West African countries affected by the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Infected Nigerian nurse skips Ebola quarantine

2014-08-14 10:35

A nurse who contracted Ebola at a Lagos hospital travelled to the eastern part of the country before falling sick, raising fears of new infections outside the city, Nigerian officials say.

Humanitarian crisis after Boko Haram attack

2014-08-13 16:36

Hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack need urgent help, as those still hiding on a mountain a week later say food and water supplies have run out.

Nigeria appeals for experimental Ebola drug

2014-08-13 11:38

Nigeria requested the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, as the country reported its third death from the virus ravaging several West African nations.

Third person dies of Ebola fever in Nigeria

2014-08-13 10:16

A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas says.

Over 100 killed in Boko Haram clashes in Nigeria

2014-08-12 10:45

More than 100 civilians and several soldiers were killed in clashes between Nigeria's military and Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a military official says.

Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug

2014-08-11 12:36

Spain has imported a US-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who has been evacuated from Liberia, after testing positive for the killer virus.

West Africans fill churches to pray for 'devil' Ebola

2014-08-11 05:35

People in Sierra Leone and Liberia have filled churches to seek deliverance from an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, defying official warnings to avoid public gatherings to contain an epidemic.

Ebola: Nigeria bans transport of corpses across borders

2014-08-10 16:35

Nigeria's health ministry has banned the transport of corpses across national and state borders, an attempt to halt an Ebola outbreak that has killed almost 1 000 in West Africa.

Survivors of Boko Haram attack stranded on mountain

2014-08-10 09:52

Hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack on their town in Nigeria's restive north and fled to a nearby mountain said Saturday they were without any food.

US seizes $480m stolen by Nigerian dictator

2014-08-08 12:58

The US has taken control of more than $480m looted by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his associates, says the Justice Department.

US to return $480m stolen by Sani Abacha

2014-08-08 11:29

The US has taken control of more than $480m looted by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his associates after a court ruling, the justice department says.

Nigerian doctors suspend strike

2014-08-07 19:27

Nigerian public sector doctors have suspended a nearly five-week long strike over an Ebola outbreak.


WHO officials to visit Liberian Ebola clinics

2014-08-21 17:08

Officials from the World Health Organisation are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighbourhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.

Obasanjo: West Africa must confront political weaknesses

2014-08-21 10:01

West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says.

Nigerian soldiers mutiny over lack of weapons

2014-08-20 17:21

Dozens of Nigerian soldiers have refused to deploy for an offensive against Boko Haram Islamists until they receive better weapons, several of the mutineers told AFP.

Vietnam tests two Nigerians for Ebola

2014-08-20 11:35

Vietnam is testing two Nigerians for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City showing symptoms of fever, the health ministry says.

Liberia imposes curfew as Ebola crisis grows

2014-08-20 07:24

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has imposed a night-time curfew and quarantined two affected neighbourhoods in a bid to stem the Ebola epidemic rampaging through West Africa.

Cameroon closes borders with Nigeria over Ebola

2014-08-19 06:14

Cameroon has closed all its land, sea and air borders with Nigeria in a move to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, the government spokesperson has told AFP.

Nigeria now has 12 Ebola cases, 5 recovered

2014-08-18 15:50

Nigeria has 12 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus, up from 10 at last week's count, of which five have almost fully recovered, the health ministry says.

Man with Ebola symptoms quarantined in Spain

2014-08-17 14:18

A Nigerian man exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms has been quarantined in southern Spain, while Kenya has said it will ban passengers travelling from virus-hit areas in West Africa.

Nigeria quits Youth Olympics over Ebola

2014-08-16 14:08

Nigeria has withdrawn from the Youth Olympics in the Chinese city of Nanjing, a report says, as four African nations battle the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in decades.

Ebola centers fill faster than they can be opened

2014-08-15 19:05

Beds in Ebola treatment centres are filling up faster than they can be provided, evidence that an outbreak in West Africa is far more severe than the numbers show.

Sex workers, traders hit hard by Ebola in Lagos

2014-08-15 10:29

Prostitutes and informal traders in Nigeria have been hit hard by the outbreak of Ebola. Business had been good, they say, until Ebola arrived.

US FDA warns of fraudulent Ebola drug claims

2014-08-15 07:28

The US Food and Drug Administration says it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola.

Confirmed Nigeria Ebola cases rises to 11 - minister

2014-08-14 14:41

The number of confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria has risen by one to 11, the country’s health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says.

Infected Nigerian nurse skips Ebola quarantine

2014-08-14 07:27

A nurse who contracted Ebola at a Lagos hospital travelled to the eastern part of the country before falling sick, raising fears of new infections outside the city, Nigerian officials say.

Nigeria races to curb Ebola in overcrowded Lagos

2014-08-13 13:14

When Patrick Sawyer collapsed at Lagos airport, he brought Ebola into a potentially ideal place for the deadly virus to spread, a vast, dirty, overcrowded city where tracing carriers is a major problem.

Nigerian women abandon their Hijab

2014-08-13 11:32

Women in north Nigeria's largest city Kano are abandoning their traditional religious dress after a spate of suicide bombings by young girls with explosives under their hijab.

Military wives block Boko Haram deployment

2014-08-12 21:26

Military wives in the restive Nigerian city of Maiduguri have taken to the streets, burning tyres to prevent their husbands being sent to fight Boko Haram.

Nigeria reports 2 new Ebola infections, outbreak spreads

2014-08-11 12:37

Two more people have been infected with Ebola in Nigeria, the authorities say, bringing the total number of cases there to nine as the outbreak spreads through West Africa.

West Africa feels knock-on effects of Ebola battle

2014-08-11 08:04

West Africa is counting the cost of measures to contain the Ebola epidemic, as restrictions cause food shortages, transport snarls and soaring prices, sparking fears people could die of hunger.

Nigerian in Hong Kong tests negative for Ebola

2014-08-10 20:41

A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms while travelling to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.

Battle to contain Ebola intensifies

2014-08-10 12:39

The battle to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak continues, after Nigeria appealed for volunteers to help halt the spread of the virus but Guinea went back on a statement it was shutting its land borders with two of its neighbours.

Nigeria declares state of emergency

2014-08-08 19:34

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a national state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak in Africa's most populous country.

Boko Haram gathers new recruits in Cameroon

2014-08-08 12:45

The Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram has recruited and trained hundreds of young Cameroonians to carry out attacks in their own country, according to police.

WHO: Ebola an international health emergency

2014-08-08 09:18

West Africa's raging epidemic of Ebola virus is an "extraordinary event" and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organisation says.

Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola

2014-08-07 08:31

Nigeria authorities are rushing to obtain isolation tents in anticipation of more Ebola infections.

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