Burkina Faso braces for more protests

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Burkina Faso is bracing for new protests pressing for the resignation of President Balise Compaore, despite the leader’s announcement he has dropped plans to extend his 27-year rule, a report says.

US hopeful of peaceful Burkina Faso transition

2014-10-31 12:17

The US says it hopes for a peaceful transition of power in Burkina Faso following a violent uprising sparked by anger at President Blaise Compaore’s 27-year reign

I won’t resign, says Burkina Faso leader in a letter

2014-10-31 10:43

Burkina Faso President says he will not resign as requested by demonstrators, but confirmed in an open letter that he was dropping plans to extend his 27-year rule.

A Sierra Leone study offers clues as to why some survive Ebola

2014-10-31 10:02

An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body.

African funeral rites are 'superspreaders' of Ebola

2014-10-31 05:00

Traditional funeral rites in West Africa that include kissing and touching a dead body are "superspreaders" of Ebola and must be halted, researchers say.

No building plans for TB Joshua guest house

2014-10-30 21:18

A guest house that collapsed at the Lagos megachurch of one of Nigeria's most popular preachers, killing 116, did not have planning approval.

Rampaging Burkina protesters set parly ablaze

2014-10-30 16:24

Angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso have gone on the rampage in protest at plans to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule, setting parliament on fire and wreaking havoc across the capital.

Nigeria kidnappers free German

2014-10-30 15:46

Nigerian gunmen have freed a German citizen working for construction firm Julius Berger less than a week after they kidnapped him and killed another German citizen in a raid on their vehicles, the company says.

Protesters storm Burkina parly ahead of key vote

2014-10-30 13:30

Hundreds of angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso has stormed parliament in protest at plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule.

Could Ebola hit SA?

2014-10-30 11:44

With almost 10 000 people having been infected with the Ebola virus, we ask how prepared is South Africa to tackle an Ebola outbreak? And what measures has the government taken?

NICD denies SA Ebola case

2014-10-30 10:30

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has denied a claim that a South African man has contracted Ebola.

Call to blockade Burkina parly as pres seeks to extend term

2014-10-30 09:27

The Burkina Faso opposition has called for a blockade of parliament as the legislature mulls constitutional changes to allow long-serving President Blaise Compaore to extend his rule.

Liberia Ebola crisis far from over , says WHO

2014-10-30 08:24

The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, the World Health Organisation says.

Big rally in Benin capital for elections

2014-10-29 21:16

30 000 have rallied in Benin's capital in a demonstration organised by the opposition calling for elections.

Smiles, movies cheer Ebola patients

2014-10-29 20:49

Deep in the Liberian bush, two nurses are taking a break after spending two hours wearing protective suits in stifling temperatures to care for patients suffering from Ebola.

Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia

2014-10-29 19:08

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with a decline in the number of burials and a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases.

Several killed in suspected Boko Haram attack

2014-10-29 15:38

Suspected Boko Haran gunmen have killed several people in a village in Nigeria’s far northeast, a local administrator says, in the latest attack since a supposed ceasefire was announced.

US concerned Burkina Faso may extend leader's rule

2014-10-29 12:44

Washington has voiced concern over plans to amend the constitution of Burkina Faso to allow its veteran president to seek re-election, a move that triggered protests in the West African nation.

Ebola: Embattled Liberian leader’s letter to the World

2014-10-29 10:40

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written a letter to the world lamenting the death of thousands of people in her country over the past six months through the deadly Ebola virus.

Australia issues an Ebola blanket visa ban

2014-10-28 20:54

Australia has come under fire from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Libya on edge of chaos

2014-10-28 19:21

Factional warfare in Libya is pushing the oil producer very close to the point of no return, the UN special envoy to the country says.

Lagos church wasn't bombed - pathologist

2014-10-28 18:21

A pathologist has ruled out claims of an explosion as the cause of a fatal building collapse in Lagos at the church of popular Nigerian preacher "Prophet" Joshua.

Nigeria: Pirates hijack gunboat, kidnap workers

2014-10-28 14:43

Nigeria's military says pirates in the country's oil-rich Niger Delta hijacked a police gunboat, have killed three officers and kidnapped six local oil workers.

UN: Niger cholera outbreak kills 51

2014-10-28 08:23

Niger has seen more than 1 300 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, with 51 people dying of the disease, the UN says.


Experts urge caution over Ebola hopes

2014-10-31 12:17

Health authorities have called for renewed vigilance over the Ebola epidemic and urged caution over claims it is retreating, as the World Bank announced a $100m fund for more health workers.

Nigeria may seek death penalty against child bride

2014-10-31 10:43

A 14-year-old Nigerian girl accused of murdering her 35-year-old husband by putting rat poison in his food may face the death penalty, Nigerian prosecutors say.

Could Ebola hit SA?

2014-10-31 10:13

With almost 10 000 people having been infected with the Ebola virus, we ask how prepared is South Africa to tackle an Ebola outbreak? And what measures has the government taken?

Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

2014-10-31 06:10

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

Army seizes power in Burkina Faso

2014-10-30 21:48

Burkina's army has seized power, with the head of the armed forces announcing the dissolution of government and parliament and the creation of a transitional body to run the country.

Thousands flee as Boko seizes town

2014-10-30 21:18

Islamist Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee.

Niger says 9 killed by terrorists

2014-10-30 20:20

Nine security agents in Niger have been killed in terrorist attacks in the western Tillaberi region near Mali.

US nurse vows to fight Ebola quarantine rule

2014-10-30 15:47

A US nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa is vowing to fight the state of Maine, which wants to keep her in quarantine for the 12 days that remain of the virus' incubation period.

Ebola checks at SA ports - minister

2014-10-30 13:31

The National Ports Authority has taken steps to ensure the Ebola virus disease doesn’t enter SA through one of its main harbours, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says.

No update on church collapse DNA - govt

2014-10-30 11:51

There has been no update on the DNA analysis of the 116 victims of the church building collapse in Nigeria, government says.

Good progress against Ebola – Liberia official

2014-10-30 11:26

Liberia’s assistant minister of health says he agrees with a WHO analysis that the rate of transmission of Ebola appears to be slowing in the West African nation.

Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma

2014-10-30 09:29

Members of the west African community in New York have complained that their children are being bullied at school and businesses are losing money because of hysteria over Ebola.

A Sierra Leone study offers clues as to why some survive Ebola

2014-10-30 08:24

An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body.

Obama praising doctors fighting Ebola in Africa

2014-10-29 22:47

President Barack Obama is surrounding himself with health care workers battling Ebola in West Africa to showcase what he calls their "incredible heroism".

Gbagbo may not bury his mom

2014-10-29 21:10

The International Criminal Court has turned down a request by former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo to attend his mother's funeral.

TB Joshua threatened with arrest

2014-10-29 20:49

A coroner has threatened popular Nigerian preacher TB Joshua with arrest if he failed to testify at an inquest into the deaths of 116 people at his church.

US soldiers' Ebola quarantine in Italy causes alarm

2014-10-29 13:45

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than the US has sparked controversy in Italy.

Obama, Red Cross see progress in Ebola battle

2014-10-29 12:44

US President Barack Obama and the Red Cross have offered hope that the battle against the deadly West African Ebola outbreak is being won.

5 000 more health workers needed in Ebola fight

2014-10-29 06:13

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires at least 5 000 additional health workers, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says.

Police fire teargas at protesters in Burkina capital

2014-10-28 19:21

Hundreds of stone-throwing protesters have clashed with police who fires teargas in the centre of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, witnesses say.

SA must abide by Nigerian rules - Ramaphosa

2014-10-28 19:20

The SA government has to abide by Nigerian rules as it awaits the release of the bodies of 85 apparent South Africans who died in the church building collapse in Lagos.

Huge drop in Ebola bodies across Monrovia

2014-10-28 16:26

The Red Cross says the weekly total of Ebola victims collected by its body disposal teams around the Liberian capital is falling dramatically, indicating a sharp drop in the spread of the epidemic.

82 being monitored for Ebola in Mali – WHO

2014-10-28 12:41

Health workers are monitoring 82 people who had contact with a toddler who died of Ebola in Mali last week, but no new cases of the disease have been reported, the WHO says.

Radio in tribal languages spreads Ebola news

2014-10-28 08:23

In Liberia, at the centre of the West African Ebola outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca.

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