Boko Haram launches strikes near Cameroon border

2014-12-22 09:01

Thousands of members of Boko Haram have launched strikes across the border in Cameroon, with co-ordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.

Video shows Boko Haram killing captives

2014-12-21 19:04

A new video from Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels".

UN chief praises Ebola healthcare workers

2014-12-20 11:04

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7 000 people.

Ban kicks off tour of Ebola-hit west Africa

2014-12-19 14:45

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic.

African leaders consider joint steps against Islamist threat

2014-12-18 20:29

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, has opened in Mauritania.

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 185 people in Nigeria

2014-12-18 15:27

Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people from the northeast Nigeria village of Gumsuri, carting the hostages away on trucks towards the Sambisa Forest.

UN chief heads to West Africa for Ebola

2014-12-18 12:20

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to West Africa to demonstrate the UN's solidarity with the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, and to see for himself how the world is responding.

1 million facing hunger in Ebola-hit countries

2014-12-18 09:31

Border closures, quarantines and crop losses in West African nations battling the Ebola virus could lead to as many as one million people going hungry, UN food agencies say.

Ivory Coast hunger strike prisoners get medical care

2014-12-18 05:00

About 150 suspected supporters of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo are receiving medical treatment in prison after starting a hunger strike.

Kenya cop shoots 5 before killing himself

2014-12-17 16:23

An official says a policeman in western Kenya has shot dead a civilian and four of his colleagues before turning the gun on himself.

Ghana must cut 'ghost workers' to get aid - EU

2014-12-17 07:34

Ghana must remove 'ghost workers' from its public sector payroll before the European Union resumes budget support suspended a year ago, the EU ambassador to the country says.

Burkina Faso's former ruling party suspended

2014-12-16 08:04

Transitional authorities in Burkina Faso have suspended the political party of the president who was forced from power earlier this year.

Nigeria's economic pain may not decide election

2014-12-15 10:57

Nigeria is suffering from a plummeting currency, steep budget cuts, corruption scandals and diving oil prices; yet all this is unlikely to decide a tight race for the presidency.

Ebola in 2015 - end of the line for a killer?

2014-12-14 14:10

After decades making brief, murderous forays from central Africa's forests, Ebola erupted into a global emergency, yet its success could spell its downfall as scientists scramble to relegate it to a footnote of medical history.

Thousands flee Boko Haram

2014-12-13 06:40

More than 1.5 million Nigerians have been forced from their homes by the raging Islamist insurgency, which has left 13 000 dead since 2009 and raised fears of a humanitarian crisis.

Christmas cancelled

2014-12-12 20:57

Sierra Leone is banning any public Christmas celebrations as the spiralling case-load of Ebola infections continues to spread alarm.

Boko Haram 'likely behind Jos, Nigeria bombings'

2014-12-12 14:03

A double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram, the state government said on Friday.

Nigerian girl, 13, found wearing explosives vest

2014-12-11 21:01

Nigerian police have arrested a 13-year-old girl wearing an explosives-packed vest in the northern city of Kano hours after an attack by two female suicide bombers.

All-night vote in Nigeria opposition presidential primary

2014-12-11 12:04

Members of Nigeria’s main opposition party have voted throughout the night to choose a candidate to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan at next year’s elections.

Ebola still 'flaming' in parts of Sierra Leone, Guinea

2014-12-10 11:01

The UN's Ebola czar has hailed widespread progress in the fight against the deadly virus, but warned the outbreak is still surging in western Sierra Leone and northern Guinea.

SA hostage still held in Mali

2014-12-09 18:16

Following the release of Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, held captive in north Africa since 24 November 2011, three European/ South Africa hostages remain in the region.

Nigeria’s army kills 27 Boko Haram insurgents

2014-12-09 13:26

Nigeria's army has killed members of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram as part of efforts to regain control over the country’s volatile north-east, the defence ministry says.

Sierra Leone overtakes Liberia in number of Ebola cases

2014-12-09 08:02

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 6 331 in the three worst hit countries, with Sierra Leone overtaking Liberia as the country with the highest number of cases.

Liberian president's son wants rally ban lifted

2014-12-08 18:48

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son, who is running for a Senate seat, has filed a lawsuit contesting her Ebola-related ban on political rallies, an official says.


Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola

2014-12-21 21:17

The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me." Dr Desmond Williams continues: "I want to give my family the permission to request a safe and dignified, medical burial for me."

Extremists in Nigeria lining up, shooting the elderly

2014-12-21 10:35

Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 in the past week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

Kenyatta signs controversial anti-terror bill

2014-12-19 17:57

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial anti-terror bill that sparked brawls in parliament and charges that it violated basic freedoms.

Gulf of Guinea: Africa's new pirate paradise

2014-12-19 12:55

A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea - the new epicentre of piracy in Africa - are struggling to get their act together.

Six die in Nairobi building collapse

2014-12-18 19:12

Six people died and 11 were injured in a central Nairobi building collapse, with fears that the toll could rise as crews continued to dig through the rubble, officials have said.

Islamists kill 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria

2014-12-18 10:39

Boko Haram militants have killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness says.

Nigerian soldiers sentenced to die for refusing to fight

2014-12-18 07:28

A court martial in Nigeria sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight the Boko Haram radical Islamist group, a media report says.

House searches for Ebola in Sierra Leone capital

2014-12-17 19:37

Ebola surveillance teams have fanned out in Sierra Leone to search every house for sick people, as the president imposed new restrictions on movement and gatherings.

Sierra Leone launches fresh house searches for Ebola

2014-12-17 11:38

Sierra Leone will start house-to-house searches for Ebola patients and impose internal travel restrictions as part of a new push to combat the epidemic, President Ernest Bai Koroma says.

Mali ends quarantines, could be Ebola-free soon

2014-12-16 19:40

Mali has released the last 13 people being monitored for Ebola from quarantine, and the country could be declared free of the virus next month if no further cases are recorded.

Million displaced Nigerians unable to vote unless law changed

2014-12-16 05:15

More than a million Nigerians displaced by an Islamist insurgency in the northeast may not be able to vote in the 14 February presidential election unless the law is changed.

Liberia reschedules senate vote despite Ebola

2014-12-15 07:37

Liberia will hold delayed senatorial elections in December, the National Election Commission says, a day after the Supreme Court ruled the vote should go ahead despite the Ebola outbreak.

Ugandan Ebola expert shows African solidarity

2014-12-14 09:34

When Ebola crossed from Guinea into Liberia, launching an aggressive chain of transmission, more and more doctors have sprang into action.

Twin bomb blasts have rocked Jos

2014-12-12 22:29

Twin bomb blasts have rocked Jos, the capital of Plateau state in north-central Nigeria, killing at least 31 people.

EU resumes aid to Mali

2014-12-12 17:35

The EU has resumed aid to Mali which it suspended in June due to suspected irregularities in government spending, including the purchase of a $40m presidential jet, Mali government says.

French army kills 'big fish' jihadist in Mali

2014-12-12 12:04

The French army says it has killed a top jihadist commander in a military operation in northern Mali, describing it as a heavy blow to Islamists operating in West Africa.

Goodluck Jonathan to contest Nigeria election

2014-12-11 14:42

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has won party primaries while the opposition coalition continued voting to choose a challenger for February presidential elections.

Polls: Nigeria opposition meets to pick candidate

2014-12-10 18:24

Nigeria’s main opposition coalition has begun a convention to select a candidate to take on President Goodluck Jonathan, in what will be the most closely fought vote since the end of military rule in 1999.

Nigeria security agencies accused of killings

2014-12-09 22:30

Nigeria's human rights commission has accused the country's security agencies of systematic extra-judicial killings.

France: Cargo plane detained in Nigeria has no weapons

2014-12-09 13:26

A Russian cargo plane that Nigerian authorities detained over the weekend had no weapons on it but was carrying two French army helicopters out of CAR, the French ambassador says.

Recruits sought for Sierra Leone Ebola mission

2014-12-09 08:17

Healthcare workers are being recruited in SA for a mission to Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola outbreak, non-profit organisation Right Care says.

Ebola: Bad data an issue

2014-12-08 22:16

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.

US doctor gives 1st interview since surviving Ebola

2014-12-08 08:30

A US doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and survived after weeks of intensive treatment in Atlanta has spoken out for the first time in an interview.

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