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SA govt sending plane to fetch collapse survivors

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The government is expected to send an aircraft to Lagos, Nigeria to evacuate survivors of the church tragedy that killed 86 South Africans.

Church collapse: Picture of chaos emerges

2014-09-21 10:01
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Rescuers lost critical hours after the collapse of a church guesthouse in Nigeria which claimed 86 lives because officials were prevented from doing their work, a report says.

India postpones Africa summit over Ebola outbreak

2014-09-20 21:58

The deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa has forced India to postpone plans for a December summit in New Delhi attended by representatives of more than 50 African nations.

Anxious mom awaits daughter’s return from Nigeria

2014-09-20 17:57

As the confirmed death toll reached 84 after the building collapse in Nigeria, sleepless nights have become the order of the day for family members of the deceased South Africans.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

2014-09-20 09:00

Sierra Leone confined its six million people to their homes on Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

Nigeria collapse: Gift of the Givers offers help

2014-09-20 07:15

South Africans needing help finding relatives following the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria should contact charity Gift of the Givers, it has said.

4-year-old SA girl found alive at Nigeria collapse site

2014-09-19 22:34
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A 4-year-old South African girl has been found alive at the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria.

‘Families should sue TB Joshua’

2014-09-19 17:25
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“The families of all the deceased should sue TB Joshua,” a Nigerian in Lagos says after 84 South Africans died in a building collapse at Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations.

Ebola: S Leone streets deserted as shutdown begins

2014-09-19 16:35

Sierra Leone’s normally chaotic capital has been transformed as residents were confined to their homes for the start of a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the deadly Ebola epidemic.

Guinea condemns killing of Ebola team

2014-09-19 13:59

Guinea’s government says it strongly condemns the killing of eight people who were abducted and killed while on an Ebola awareness campaign in Womey.

Nigeria: Lives lost as church obstructed rescue

2014-09-19 11:40
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Nigeria's emergency agency says lives were lost as church official prevented workers from rescuing victims at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos.

Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali

2014-09-19 09:17

A roadside bomb in northern Mali has killed five UN peacekeepers and wounded several others, a spokesperson said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force.

Ebola team killed in cold blood in Guinea

2014-09-19 07:45
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At least seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in south-eastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government says.

Under fire Zuma vows action on Nigeria church tragedy

2014-09-18 22:02
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Under fire President Jacob Zuma has vowed that the government will do everything it can to help the families of 67 South Africans believed to have been killed in last week's church collapse in Nigeria.

Boko Haram take over 25 towns

2014-09-18 20:30

Boko Haram militants are in charge of at least 25 towns and villages in northeast Nigeria, the region's Roman Catholic bishop has claimed.

Pray for building collapse victims - SACC

2014-09-18 18:38

The SA Council of Churches has urged religious groups to pray for those affected by the building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria, which killed scores of people, including South Africans.

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola lockdown

2014-09-18 15:36

Sierra Leone is preparing for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts say could worsen the epidemic.

Ebola crisis 'being used to attack media freedom'

2014-09-18 14:27

From the closure of newspapers to arrests and harassment of journalists, rights groups and the media say Liberia’s fight against Ebola is being accompanied by an alarming assault on press freedom.

Nigerian church offers condolences to families

2014-09-18 12:40
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The Synagogue Church of All Nations has offered condolences to the families of those killed when its guesthouse collapsed in Nigeria, adding that it is saddened by "inaccurate reports" of it not co-operating with rescue teams.

Ivory Coast battles to keep out Ebola

2014-09-18 11:54

As Ivory Coast campaigns to fend off an Ebola outbreak ravaging neighbouring West African states, grim reminders of the catastrophe unfolding across its western border are everywhere.

TB Joshua one of Africa’s wealthiest pastors

2014-09-18 10:04
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"Prophet" TB Joshua was named the third richest pastor in Nigeria, with an estimated net worth between $10m and $15m, according to a list compiled by Forbes.

SA woman found alive in rubble in Nigeria

2014-09-18 09:27
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A South African woman who was trapped in the rubble of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations guesthouse in Lagos, Nigeria, for five days has been found uninjured by rescuers.

Liberia hopes US Ebola pledge will spur others to act

2014-09-18 07:29

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she hopes President Barack Obama’s decision to send 3 000 troops to West Africa to battle the worst Ebola outbreak on record would spur other countries to help.

Synagogue tries to keep TB Joshua image alive

2014-09-18 05:00
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Nigerians and others are speculating that T B Joshua's church is trying to shirk responsibility and keep his image alive.

 

Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown

2014-09-21 10:22

Sierra Leone has begun the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus amid criticism that the action is a poorly planned publicity stunt.

Spain bringing missionary infected with Ebola home

2014-09-21 08:28

Spain is sending a plane to fly a Catholic missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus home from Sierra Leone, officials have said.

Boko Haram 'kill several' as they loot Nigeria market

2014-09-20 19:59

Boko Haram gunmen have stormed a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeastern state of Borno, killing several people and carting away food.

Nigerian leader visits collapsed building

2014-09-20 14:30

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has visited the collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Lagos, promising to investigate the cause of the tragedy as the death toll hit 86, rescuers say.

Nigerian presidential hopeful blasts govt on security

2014-09-20 07:15

Nigerian presidential hopeful Atiku Abubakar has derided Goodluck Jonathan’s record on security, vowing that Boko Haram could be crushed easily if politicians chose to do so.

Building collapse survivor blames Satan

2014-09-19 22:34
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A Nigerian man has claimed that he spent over 24 hours under the rubble of a Lagos church building, blaming "Satan" rather than structural failure for the collapse.

Nigeria death toll tentative - Radebe

2014-09-19 20:29

The death toll of 84 South Africans in the Nigerian church collapse remains a "tentative figure", Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe says.

Watchdog wants Nigeria probed for $9.3m sent to SA

2014-09-19 17:25

A Nigerian watchdog group is demanding an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3m in cash to South Africa to buy weapons.

Ebola took the world by surprise - World Bank chief

2014-09-19 16:35

The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says, as he questioned the international community’s readiness to respond to other pandemics.

Liberia women, children bear brunt of Ebola

2014-09-19 12:55

The Ebola virus continues to spread devastation in Liberia, and with more than 2 600 people dead so far, women and children are bearing the brunt of the epidemic.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

2014-09-19 09:17

Sierra Leon has launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

SA death toll in Nigeria collapse rises to 84

2014-09-19 07:59
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The number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria has increased from 67 to 84, SA's high commissioner to Nigeria says.

UN declares Ebola a threat to peace and security

2014-09-18 22:28

The UN Security Council has declared the Ebola outbreak in Africa a "threat to international peace and security" and called on all states to provide urgent resources and assistance.

Nigerian sells wife for human sacrifice

2014-09-18 22:01

A Nigerian man has been arrested for selling his wife to black magic practitioners who wanted to sacrifice a virgin.

Preacher Joshua says he's co-operating

2014-09-18 20:46

Nigerian preacher TB Joshua has broken his silence over a building collapse that killed 80 at his Lagos mega church.

UK nurse who survived Ebola flies to US to help

2014-09-18 18:41

Britain's Foreign Office says a nurse who recovered from Ebola has travelled to the US to donate blood to an American patient who is fighting the disease.

More foreign worshippers died in Lagos

2014-09-18 16:50

There were more foreign nationals than the 67 South Africans who died when a multi-storey building on "Prophet" TB Joshua's evangelical campus in Lagos collapsed.

Families scour Lagos morgues - SA envoy

2014-09-18 14:28

Families are frantically scouring hospitals and morgues in Lagos, Nigeria, because they don’t know where their loved ones are, says South Africa’s high commissioner in the country.

Nigeria building collapse: Death toll hits 80

2014-09-18 13:36

An official in Nigeria says the death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist’s church compex has risen to 80.

Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria shootout

2014-09-18 11:54

Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed after at least 13 people died during a shootout between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in Nigeria.

Nigeria search mission continuing - Zuma

2014-09-18 11:15

The final number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria will only known once search and rescue missions are complete, President Jacob Zuma says.

Nigeria collapse: Anxious families wait for news

2014-09-18 09:27

Family members of those who were affected by the collapse of a building at a church complex in Nigeria are anxiously awaiting news of their loved ones, according to reports.

Nigeria's police, army 'have institutionalised torture'

2014-09-18 09:01

Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men and children, some as young as 12, human rights watchdog Amnesty International says.

French nurse for MSF contracts Ebola in Liberia

2014-09-18 05:46

A French volunteer working for Medicines Sans Frontieres in Liberia has contracted Ebola, the medical charity says, adding that seven local staff members have already fallen ill from the deadly virus.

Healthy Briton injected in Ebola vaccine trial

2014-09-17 22:01

A healthy British volunteer has become the first person to receive a new vaccine for the Ebola virus in a trial at the University of Oxford in London.

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