ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Ebola survivor: I felt like I was about to die

2014-09-03 08:54

A US doctor who survived after contracting Ebola while doing missionary work in Liberia says 'I felt like I was about to die', adding he feared his own death.

US moves drones to northern Niger

2014-09-02 21:40

The US military will shift its drone flights in Niger from Niamey to a base further north, allowing Washingon to better track Islamist fighters in the region.

Scores killed as Boko Haram overrun Nigerian town

2014-09-02 14:34

Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a north-eastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, sources say.

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

2014-09-02 08:58

Japanese researchers said Tuesday 2 September 2014 they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

Ex-Ivorian leader's party headquarters 'trashed'

2014-09-02 08:43

The headquarters of the party of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo have been ransacked, leaving three people injured, a spokesperson says.

Poor response to Ebola 'causing needless deaths'

2014-09-02 07:50

The world's "disastrously inadequate response" to West Africa's Ebola outbreak means many people are dying needlessly, the head of the World Bank says.

New round of Mali peace talks

2014-09-01 21:37

Peace talks between the Malian government and armed rebels have opened in the Algerian capital.

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

2014-09-01 16:04

As the West African state of Senegal becomes the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak , riots break out in neighbouring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast.

Bus crash kills 21 in Ghana

2014-09-01 13:31

A road accident involving three buses has killed 21 people in Ghana, reports say, adding that it took rescuers several hours to remove the dead and the injured from the scene.

Health workers death toll mounts as Ebola spreads

2014-09-01 07:22

Nigeria's health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers.

Niger opposition chief, wanted in baby-trafficking case, in Europe

2014-08-31 21:15

Niger's fugitive parliament speaker Hama Amadou, who is wanted for questioning in his home country on suspicion of involvement in baby-trafficking, has fled to Europe, officials say.

Widow of Nigerian Ebola victim also has virus

2014-08-31 14:40

The widow of a doctor who died from Ebola in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt has also tested positive for the virus, the state government has said.

Ebola health workers strike in Sierra Leone

2014-08-31 07:32

Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions.

Ebola: Liberia bans sailors from disembarking

2014-08-30 20:42

Liberia says it will deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa is under control.

Nigeria monitors 160 for Ebola

2014-08-29 22:29

Around 160 people are being medically monitored in Nigeria's oil-producing hub Port Harcourt after a doctor died from the virus.

No Ebola cases in SA - health department

2014-08-29 14:55

The health department says there are no reported or confirmed Ebola cases in South Africa, but it is continuing to monitor the situation.

Riots in Guinea as officials accused of transmitting Ebola

2014-08-29 14:32

Riots have broken out in Guinea’s second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Cross official says.

Ebola virus mutating fast - researchers

2014-08-29 10:07

Genetic studies of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveal more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it leapt from person to person, researchers say.

West African states call for open borders

2014-08-28 22:37

West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States says.

Ebola death toll passes 1 500 mark, says WHO

2014-08-28 14:19

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak tearing through West Africa has passed the 1 500 mark while the number of cases has soared past 3 000, the WHO says.

Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government

2014-08-28 12:47

A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveller from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities say.

Doctor dies from Ebola in Nigerian oil city

2014-08-28 11:03

Nigeria says a doctor has died from Ebola in the south-eastern oil city of Port Harcourt in the first case of the deadly virus outside the financial hub, Lagos.

UN asks Sahel countries to set up border patrols

2014-08-28 07:56

The UN Security Council has asked African countries of the troubled Sahel region to set up regional patrols to better protect their borders from organized crime and terror groups.

Cameroon stops Boko Haram militants at border

2014-08-27 21:13

Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, in a sign of the growing cross-border threat the militants pose.

Liberia rights watchdog: Probe teen's death

2014-08-27 17:50

The head of Liberia's human rights watchdog has called for an investigation into the death of a teenager in clashes with soldiers in the capital of the Ebola-hit country.

 

Equatorial Guinea leader calls for national dialogue

2014-09-03 07:19

Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has called a national political dialogue that even exiled members of the opposition would be allowed to attend.

Landmine kills African peacekeepers

2014-09-02 19:52

Four United Nations soldiers have been killed and another 15 wounded when the convoy they were travelling in struck a landmine in northern Mali.

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

2014-09-02 09:31

Japanese researchers said Tuesday 2 September 2014 they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset - expert

2014-09-02 08:43

It has been one of the more bizarre features of a deadly epidemic: a vocal minority in west African society denying that Ebola exists even as family and friends die around them.

Niger buys president $40m jet

2014-09-01 21:37

The government of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, has provoked anger with the purchase of a $40m presidential Boeing 737.

Nigeria to get Ebola drug from Japan

2014-09-01 20:20

Nigeria is set to receive the antiviral drug Favipiravir from Japan as a possible Ebola treatment.

Ebola crisis: Liberia extends stay-home order

2014-09-01 14:36

Liberia’s president has ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a statement says.

1 000s flee Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

2014-09-01 10:02

Sustained Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria’s far northeast have forced thousands of people from their homes, swamping towns in the north neighbouring Cameroon, authorities say.

Doctors Without Borders hostage freed in DRC

2014-09-01 05:46

An employee of Doctors Without Borders held hostage for more than a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been freed, the medical aid group says.

Ebola decimating health workers in Guinea

2014-08-31 18:35

Working at breakneck speed, the nurses rush between departments at Guinea's largest hospital, wearing gloves they have bought at their own expense to protect themselves against Ebola.

Niger chief, facing baby-trafficking probe, 'in Belgium'

2014-08-31 09:00

Niger's head of parliament, who faces questioning in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has turned up in Belgium, an opposition official says.

Guinea Ebola riots wound dozens

2014-08-30 22:05

Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the epicentre of the west African Ebola outbreak have left at least 55 wounded, the local government says.

$70m food aid needed for Ebola quarantine areas

2014-08-30 19:06

The World Food Programme says it needs to raise $70m to feed 1.3 million people at risk from shortages in Ebola-quarantined areas in West Africa.

Mali rebels agree to end hostilities ahead of talks

2014-08-29 19:13

Representatives of two platforms of rebel groups from northern Mali have agreed to end hostilities and present a united front for talks with the Malian government in Algeria in early September.

First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

2014-08-29 14:46

The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck says.

Zimbabwe can't conduct Ebola tests - ministry

2014-08-29 12:46
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Zimbabwe has no capacity to conduct tests to detect Ebola with officials saying specimens would be referred to South African laboratories, according to a report.

Cameroon troops shell Boko Haram camp

2014-08-29 07:20

Cameroon's army has attacked the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, shelling one of their camps across the border.

WHO: Ebola outbreak could strike 20 000 people

2014-08-28 22:37

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20 000 people, the WHO says, in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease.

Ebola crisis talks start in Ghana

2014-08-28 14:19

Health ministers of the West African regional bloc Ecowas have gathered in Ghana for crisis talks aimed at strengthening each country’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

Ebola outbreak to get worse, says US official

2014-08-28 12:26

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is set to get worse, a top US public health official has reportedly said, adding the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

Niger lawmaker facing probe in baby-trafficking case flees

2014-08-28 10:01

Niger’s head of parliament, who faces questions in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has “discreetly” left the country for Burkina Faso, an opposition official says.

UN releases $1.5m to help DRC fight Ebola

2014-08-28 05:56

The United Nations has allocated $1.5m to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola, just days after the country confirmed its first cases this year.

More airlines stop flights to Ebola zone

2014-08-27 20:23

The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak are being left increasingly isolated as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-08-27 15:03

A senior advisor to sierra Leone’s president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country’s fight against the virulent disease.

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