ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Burkina govt set to be named after delay

2014-11-23 14:06

The delayed announcement of Burkina Faso’s interim minister is expected, with the country waiting to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.

Boko Haram kills 48 fish vendors in Nigeria

2014-11-23 12:00

Boko Haram gunmen have killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association says.

Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected

2014-11-22 18:01

Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola and identified two new suspected cases, raising concern about further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country.

Bikes for Ebola

2014-11-22 08:26

Germany has sent 400 motorcycles to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

Burkina's Compaore to stay for limited period – Morocco

2014-11-21 19:37

Burkina Faso's former president Blaise Compaore, who was toppled in a popular uprising last month, will stay in Morocco for a limited period after fleeing his country, the Moroccan government says.

Ousted Burkina leader arrives in Morocco from I Coast

2014-11-21 08:47

Burkina Faso’s deposed president Blaise Compaore has arrived in Morocco from Ivory Coast, where he has been in exile since his ouster in a popular revolt last month, the Moroccan foreign ministry says.

TB Joshua challenges summons

2014-11-20 18:15

Lawyers for Nigerian preacher TB Joshua have mounted a legal challenge against a coroner who has ordered him to testify about the fatal building collapse.

WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone

2014-11-20 13:26

The WHO says the transmission of Ebola remains "intense" and widespread in Sierra Leone, even as some improvements are being seen in the two other countries worst hit by the crisis.

Burkina Faso army maintains hold on power

2014-11-20 11:20

Burkina Faso’s military is maintaining a grip on government despite pressure for a civilian transition, with the army officer who took power after the fall of president Blaise Compaore coming in as PM.

Boko Haram steps up attacks in Cameroon

2014-11-20 09:52

Nigerian Islamist extremists Boko Haram are intensifying attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, targeting new villages with increasingly sophisticated weapons.

Burkina Faso: Military leader Zida is new PM

2014-11-19 18:47

The military colonel who briefly seized control of Burkina Faso after the long-time president stepped down has been chosen to serve as prime minister of the transitional government.

Nigerian opposition: Govt playing politics with Boko Haram

2014-11-19 17:42

Nigeria’s main opposition party has accused the government of playing politics with Boko Haram, as it held its first major election rally.

Nigeria facing serious issues amid oil price collapse

2014-11-19 12:01

Nigeria has made pragmatic moves to curb spending to offset falling global oil prices, analysts say, but blamed corruption for the failure to prevent a budget crisis that many saw coming.

Burkina Faso set to appoint army's Zida as PM

2014-11-19 10:03

Veteran diplomat Michael Kafando, just sworn in as Burkina Faso’s interim president,is set to appoint army strongman Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister, an official says.

7th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-11-19 08:44

A top health official says a seventh doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre east of the capital, Freetown, where he had been receiving treatment.

I Coast troops ordered back to barracks

2014-11-18 20:43

Ivory Coast's defence minister has ordered soldiers to return to their barracks after they held up traffic to claim outstanding bonuses.

Nigerian cleric backs vigilantes in Boko Haram fight

2014-11-18 11:39

One of Nigeria's most powerful Muslim leaders, the emir of Kano, has voiced support for vigilantes fighting Boko Haram, urging others to form civilian militias.

AU, Ecowas welcome new Burkina Faso leader

2014-11-17 22:29

The African Union and the West African regional bloc have welcomed the appointment of diplomat Michel Kafando as Burkina Faso's interim president.

Mali places 100s under watch in bid to stem Ebola

2014-11-17 16:27

Mali says it has placed more than 440 people who may have been exposed to Ebola under surveillance as it battles to contain the spread of the deadly tropical virus.

African Union welcomes new Burkina Faso leader

2014-11-17 11:30

The AU has welcomed the appointment of career diplomat Michel Kafando as Burkina Faso’s interim president following the ousting of its veteran leader.

Burkina Faso names Michel Kafando as transitional leader

2014-11-17 06:29

Authorities in Burkina Faso have named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president n important step towards returning the West African country to democracy after a brief military takeover.

Liberia health minister ousted in Cabinet shuffle

2014-11-16 22:27

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has replaced her health minister as part of a broader Cabinet reshuffle amid widespread criticism of her government's response to the country's Ebola outbreak.

Lagos ceremony: Families break down

2014-11-16 16:33

Paramedics have rushed to the aid of some family member who had broken down and wept hysterically as the names of the Lagos church collapse were read out at a reception ceremony at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria.

World leaders vow to 'extinguish' Ebola

2014-11-15 22:09

The world's most powerful economies vowed "extinguish" the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, as the vast desert nation of Mali scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of the killer disease.

Sierra Leone talk show host released from jail

2014-11-15 11:16

A journalist held in Sierra Leone since 3 November after a guest on his radio show criticised President Ernest Bai Koroma's handling of the Ebola outbreak, has been released from jail.

 

Suspected Islamist fighters kill 2 kids, abduct 10

2014-11-23 14:06

Suspected Islamist fighters have kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali, a military official says.

UK health volunteers head to S Leone to tackle Ebola

2014-11-23 08:18

A first group of volunteers from Britain's state National Health Service has left for Sierra Leone to join the Ebola epidemic fight-back.

UN warns Ebola still far from over

2014-11-22 13:48

The head of the UN Ebola mission has warned that the world was "far, far away" from beating the deadly outbreak and said a huge increase in aid is needed to fight the virus in Africa.

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

2014-11-21 20:31

Roadside bandits in Guinea have stolen a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola, officials say.

Ebola-infected Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva

2014-11-21 09:11

A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in Geneva, where he will be treated for the deadly virus.

Ramaphosa is in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

2014-11-20 19:41

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea to attend the second Africa-Turkey summit of heads of state and government.

Teargas fired at Nigeria parliament before key vote

2014-11-20 14:18

Nigerian security forces have fired teargas inside the parliament complex as opposition lawmakers arrived for a key vote on emergency rule in the northeast.

Coroner threatens TB Joshua for 2nd inquest no-show

2014-11-20 13:26

A coroner says he would order the arrest of Nigerian preacher TB Joshua after he again failed to appear to give evidence about a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch.

Ebola death toll rises to 5 420 - WHO

2014-11-20 11:17

The World Health Organisation says 5 420 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15 145 cases of infection, since late December 2013.

Military plane was mystery Joshua aircraft

2014-11-19 22:31
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A mysterious aircraft that a popular Nigerian preacher linked to the collapse of a guest house at his Lagos megachurch was an air force plane.

12 kids, 1 villager dead after Niger hippo attack

2014-11-19 17:42

Twelve children and a villager have been confirmed dead after a hippopotamus attacked a boat near the Niger capital Niamey earlier this week, officials say.

I Coast soldiers return to barracks after protests over pay

2014-11-19 15:37

Ivory Coast soldiers have returned to their barracks after protests over a pay dispute in several cities that saw them storm a TV station and set up barricades, soldiers and residents.

Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

2014-11-19 12:01

A Cuban doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease and will be sent to Geneva for treatment, a report says.

Protesting Ivory Coast troops enter state TV station in Bouake

2014-11-19 08:44

Soldiers protesting against unpaid wages have entered state television and radio headquarters in Ivory Coast's second city of Bouake but failed to broadcast a statement after staff fled.

Mob sets suspected bomber on fire

2014-11-18 22:21

A suspected would-be suicide bomber has been set on fire by an irate mob at a bus station in north-eastern Nigeria.

Kafando sworn in as Burkina Faso transitional leader

2014-11-18 14:55

Michel Kafando has been sworn in as transitional president of Burkina Faso, faced with the task of leading the West African country to elections in a year following a brief military takeover.

Fearful Mali places at least 600 under Ebola surveillance

2014-11-18 09:19

Fearful of a surge of Ebola cases, Mali has placed 600 people under surveillance, as the country battles to contain the spread of the deadly tropical virus.

Nigeria to extend state of emergency

2014-11-17 20:51

Nigeria's government will seek to extend emergency rule in the restive northeast for six more months, the justice minister says.

Doctor with Ebola dies at Nebraska hospital

2014-11-17 15:44

A doctor from Sierra Leone who was being treated at a US hospital for Ebola has died, the Nebraska Medical Centre says.

Chinese medics in Liberia to beef up Ebola fight

2014-11-17 08:38

A large team of Chinese health workers have arrived in Liberia to boost the Ebola fight as a US-based doctor infected in Sierra Leone was described as being “extremely ill”.

Nigerian army recaptures Chibok, abducted girls' hometown

2014-11-16 16:40

The Nigerian army says it has recaptured and "secured" the northeastern town of Chibok, where Islamic militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April.

Lagos victims: Families, media separated

2014-11-16 15:53

Relatives of the South Africans who died in the Lagos building collapse have been separated from journalists at the formal reception ceremony for the bodies at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria.

UN: Nearly 5 million in Mali are hungry

2014-11-15 16:04

A convergence of droughts, harvest failures, locust invasions and political conflicts in Mali have left nearly 5 million people without enough to eat, UN officials say.

Senegal partially reopens borders with Ebola-hit states

2014-11-15 09:04

Senegal has reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.

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