3 killed after UN troops in Mali fire at protest

2015-01-28 11:50

UN peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao have killed at least three people when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses say.

AU may mandate regional force against Boko Haram

2015-01-28 08:32

The AU might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a diplomat says.

Bomb maker held in Nigeria

2015-01-27 20:54

A man suspected of being behind the manufacture of explosives used in a series of Boko Haram suicide attacks has been arrested in northeast Nigeria.

UN troops in Mali fire on protesters

2015-01-27 18:19

United Nations peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao have killed at least one person after they used live rounds to disperse protesters threatening a base.

Baga survivors haunted by horror of Boko Haram massacres

2015-01-27 15:51

One of the survivors of the recent Boko Haram’s horror massacres in Baga in Nigeria says he pretended to be dead before escaping in a dug-out canoe across Lake Chad to a refugee camps.

AU calls for joint action against Boko Haram

2015-01-26 21:11

The African Union has called for stronger action against Boko Haram, saying Africa should lead the global fight against the Nigerian Islamist group.

Nigeria's Maiduguri curfew lifted

2015-01-26 19:26

A city-wide curfew has been lifted in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, following a weekend Boko Haram attack that prompted the state governor to urge residents to stay and fight any future assaults.

Too few ill for Liberia Ebola vaccine trial

2015-01-26 17:47

A steep fall in Ebola cases in Liberia will make it hard to prove whether experimental vaccines work in a major clinical trial about to start.

SA experts to help Nigeria tackle Boko Haram

2015-01-26 13:08

Former SADF soldiers will reportedly form the core of a multinational team of private military experts, who are en route to Nigeria, to help the country fight against Boko Haram militants.

Boko Haram captures Nigerian town, military base

2015-01-25 20:17

Boko Haram Islamists have captured the northeastern town of Monguno, including a military base, after a fierce battle with Nigerian troops, security sources say.

Boko Haram frees at least 190 in Nigeria's Yobe state

2015-01-25 10:06

Nigerian Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram has released at least 190 captives, who returned to their community in the northeast state of Yobe, officials say.

Nigerian election will go ahead

2015-01-24 09:57

The head of Nigeria's electoral body has maintained that elections set for next month will still take place, despite widespread concern.

After Ebola, flu and drug resistance top pandemic threats

2015-01-23 15:22

The worst-ever Ebola epidemic is waning, but after ravaging three west African nations, it has hammered home the message that the world needs a better detective system for emerging diseases.

Election, politicians a turn-off for Lagos' young voters

2015-01-23 14:30

Nigeria’s politicians are out courting young voters but many of them are too preoccupied with trying to eke out a living to pay much attention to next month’s election.

Nigerian security chief urges vote delay

2015-01-23 06:30

Nigeria should delay next month's elections to give organisers more time to distribute millions of biometric ID cards to voters, the country's top security official says.

Campaign vs Boko Haram hampered by cowards

2015-01-22 21:40

Nigeria's campaign against Islamist Boko Haram insurgents is being hampered by 'cowards' within the armed forces, its presidential security adviser says.

Ebola ebbing in West Africa but vigilance needed – WHO

2015-01-22 14:47

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the WHO says.

Cameroon frees German hostage

2015-01-21 20:17

Cameroon has freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram.

AU urges action against Boko Haram attacks

2015-01-21 15:49

Defeating Nigeria’s "dastardly" Boko Haram insurgents requires support from across the continent, the AU chief says, urging increased backing for Nigeria and affected neighbouring countries.

Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria neighbours

2015-01-21 08:23

Boko Haram has claimed a massive attack feared to be the worst in its six-year insurgency and threatened Nigeria’s neighbours, as talks began for a regional response to the militants.

Nigeria petrol prices too high

2015-01-20 21:14

Nigeria's government was under pressure to cut petrol prices further, with unions saying people were being short-changed over the global crude price plunge.

Hundreds flee Nigeria villages

2015-01-20 20:16

Hundreds of people from four villages near the Nigerian town of Baga have been forced to flee their homes after a warning from militants.

Bird flu hits two Nigerian cities

2015-01-20 17:37

Thousands of chickens have been culled in southern Nigeria after the discovery of bird flu at some poultry farms.

Chad joins Boko Haram fray

2015-01-20 05:00

The Chadian army is putting 400 military vehicles, attack helicopters, and a number of soldiers amassed in northern Cameroon into action against Boko Haram.

Senegal ex-president's son ends hunger strike

2015-01-19 21:41

Karim Wade, son of Senegal's former president has ended his hunger strike begun in protest at the conditions of his trial for corruption.


Dlamini-Zuma says she's deeply horrified by Boko Haram

2015-01-28 10:04

AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she is "deeply horrified" at the rise of Boko Haram, warning the group is "not just a threat to some countries, it is a threat to the whole continent".

Oxfam: Marshall Plan needed for Ebola-hit Africa

2015-01-27 20:54

Ebola-hit west Africa needs a multi-million dollar recovery plan similar to that of war-ravaged Europe in the 1940s, Oxfam has claimed.

Nigeria's Sharia cops arrest 12 over 'gay wedding'

2015-01-27 18:19

Twelve young men have been arrested in the north Nigerian city of Kano for allegedly planning a gay wedding, the Islamic law-enforcement agency says.

Nkoana-Mashabane slams SA soldiers’ role in Nigeria

2015-01-27 16:30

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has expressed her “dismay” about ex-soldiers who have been contracted to help the Nigerian army fight Boko Haram.

Liberia closes Ebola centre at epicentre of outbreak

2015-01-27 07:36

Liberia’s president has announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus’ worst outbreak in history, as the disease’s spread has slowed in the country.

Maiduguri residents told to stay

2015-01-26 21:11

Residents of the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri have been told to stay and fight, as calm returned after a weekend Boko Haram attack.

Senegal opens Guinea border

2015-01-26 19:26

Senegal has reopened its land border with Guinea pointing to the significant efforts of its neighbour in fighting Ebola..

SANDF unaware of ex-soldiers in Nigeria

2015-01-26 16:39

The SA National Defence Force says it is unaware of former South African soldiers being deployed to Nigeria to help destroy terrorist group Boko Haram.

Scores killed as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city

2015-01-26 07:23

Nigerian troops have clashed with Boko Haram extremists in fierce fighting that killed more than 200 combatants, while insurgents have looted villages, slit residents' throats and abducted dozens of people.

New Boko Haram attacks as Kerry visits Nigeria

2015-01-25 17:06

Nigeria's military has fought Boko Haram militants in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri as US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in to discuss fears about election-related violence.

Opposition rally venue attacked in Nigeria

2015-01-24 22:02

Unknown gunmen have stormed and bombed the site of a planned opposition rally outside southern Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt though police said no lives were lost.

Ebola vaccine trial to start

2015-01-24 06:15

The first batch of an experimental Ebola vaccine has been shipped to Liberia, where the first large-scale trial will start within weeks.

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantines as crisis eases

2015-01-23 14:30

Sierra Leone has lifted crippling nationwide restrictions on movement put in place at the height of the Ebola crisis, amid signs that the deadly epidemic is retreating.

Benin passes new media regulation law

2015-01-23 12:49

Lawmakers in Benin have approved a new law for the media in a first for the tiny west African nation after recent concern about freedom of expression.

Burkina Faso polls set for October

2015-01-23 06:30

Burkina Faso will hold presidential and legislative elections on October 11, interim president Michel Kafando has announced.

Chad leads fight against Boko Haram

2015-01-22 20:39

Chad's President Idriss Deby has secured control of regional operations against deadly Boko Haram Islamists, riding roughshod over his supposed allies.

Military tactics defeat Ebola

2015-01-22 05:00

A military-style operation to fight the outbreak in Sierra Leone, the worst-affected country, has helped to dramatically reduce new cases

Attack me if you dare - Boko Haram chief

2015-01-21 18:04

The head of Boko Haram, the enigmatic Abubakar Shekau, has openly taunted the countries being menaced by the armed Islamist group.

Grenade kills 3 at Guinea sports bar

2015-01-21 11:14

As many as three people have died when a grenade went off at a bar in the Guinean capital Conakry where football fans were celebrating their team's goal in a Africa Cup of Nations game against Ivory Coast.

Nigeria, Cameroon mistrust stalls fight

2015-01-21 05:00

Mistrust between Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon as well as disagreements over how to deploy troops against Boko Haram have stalled efforts to set up a regional force.

Cameroon border area in chaos

2015-01-20 20:16

Ten thousand Cameroonians have fled inland after Nigeria militants staged attacks and kidnappings.

Schools reopen as west Africa turns page on Ebola epidemic

2015-01-20 09:16

Children have trickled back to school in Guinea, where the Ebola epidemic broke out in December 2013, as west Africa cautiously began turning the page on the deadly outbreak.

Niger declares three days of mourning

2015-01-19 21:41

Niger has declared three days of mourning from after violent protests over Charlie Hebdo that left 10 people dead and dozens of churches torched.

SA nurses fearless as they face Ebola

2015-01-19 20:48

A South African nurse going to Sierra Leone to help combat the Ebola virus in West Africa says he is aware of the risks but not afraid.

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