Ebola quarantine in Sierra Leone stops countdown

2015-09-01 22:00

Fifty people have been placed in quarantine in northern Sierra Leone after the death of a middle-aged woman from the Ebola virus.

2 Mali soldiers killed in Timbuktu attack

2015-09-01 16:56

Two Malian soldiers have been killed in a pre-dawn attack against an army checkpoint outside Timbuktu in northern Mali, the defence ministry and a UN source say.

Nigerian leader canvasses efforts for polio-free status

2015-09-01 15:17

President Muhammadu Buhari wants Nigeria to continue efforts to win certification as a polio-free country by 2017 after recording its last case in July last year, his office says.

West African archipelago hit in rare hurricane strike

2015-09-01 11:25

The West African archipelago of Cape Verde has been pounded by powerful winds and heavy rain in a rare hurricane strike, local officials say.

Fred lashes Cape Verde

2015-09-01 05:22

Hurricane Fred, the second of the Atlantic season, is lashing the Cape Verde Islands with strong wind and heavy rain.

Boko Haram cavalry hit Nigeria villages

2015-08-31 17:50

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback have shot dead nearly 80 people in separate attacks on three villages.

Boko Haram expanding network across Nigeria, officials say

2015-08-31 15:00

Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is expanding its network across Nigeria, the country's secret police says, after it arrested 20 senior members in various locations.

Boko Haram kills at least 56 in remote part of Borno State

2015-08-31 07:29

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed at least 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region says.

Burkina dismisses election candidates linked to ex-president

2015-08-30 11:24

Burkina Faso's constitutional council has dismissed two election candidates close to ousted President Blaise Compaore, but allowed other members of the political old guard to stand.

Seven die in military air crash in Nigeria

2015-08-29 21:16

Seven people died when a military plane crashed into a house in northern Nigeria, killing everyone on board, the air force and disaster management officials say.


Nigeria security adviser denies weapons charge

2015-09-01 19:46

Nigeria's former security adviser has pleaded not guilty to am illegal weapons charge.

Nigeria charges ex-national security adviser with illegal arms

2015-09-01 16:04

Nigerian prosecutors have slapped a charge of unlawful possession of arms against the former national security adviser of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.

UN office criticises Chad for execution of 10

2015-09-01 14:00

The UN's main human rights office is criticising Chad's execution of 10 Boko Haram members by firing squad.

New Ebola death in Sierra Leone sets back efforts to beat epidemic

2015-09-01 07:19

A woman who died last week in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, the National Ebola Response Centre says, in a setback for the country’s bid to gain Ebola-free status.

Ivorian opposition threatens to obstruct elections

2015-08-31 19:59

A coalition of opposition groups in Ivory Coast has threatened to try to block presidential elections in October unless the government opens talks.

Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north

2015-08-31 15:01

The UN has deployed 10 000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1bn into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the re-emergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

Gunmen kidnap journalist in Nigerian oil city - police

2015-08-31 13:14

Gunmen in Nigeria's southern oil city Port Harcourt have kidnapped a senior journalist working for a private national newspaper, police say.

Boko Haram is trying to hit Lagos - Nigerian official

2015-08-31 05:28

A Nigerian security official says the Islamic extremist rebels of Boko Haram are trying to spread their violent campaign across Nigeria including Lagos, the country's largest city.

US man arrested on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges

2015-08-30 08:47

Spanish authorities have arrested a American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone's civil war, a victims' association says.

Nigeria smashes spy ring at Abuja airport

2015-08-29 14:50

Nigeria's domestic intelligence agency has warned travellers to be ready for an attack on the capital's airport, after announcing it had smashed a spy network run by Boko Haram.

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