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Ebola hits 5th west African state as Senegal confirms first case

30 August 2014, 10:52

The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal.

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Ghana to serve as UN base for supplies bound for Ebola countries

30 August 2014, 09:59

The United Nations will use Ghana as a base for supplies bound for countries stricken by an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,550 people in West Africa, the Ghanaian presidency has said..

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Libya fighting hits migrants hard: IOM

29 August 2014, 21:00

Migrants have been hit hard by the spiralling conflict in Libya which could lead to more of them taking to unseaworthy boats to try to reach Italy.

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Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

29 August 2014, 19:00

Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said.

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9 killed in clashes between rivals in Somalia

29 August 2014, 16:02

At least nine people have been killed in fighting between rival areas in Somalia's Somaliland region, residents say, highlighting the fragility of security improvements in the nation.

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Ebola virus mutating fast - researchers

29 August 2014, 13:29

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.

Libya's interim government resigns

29 August 2014, 12:17

Libya's interim government, led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, has announced it has tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created.

With economy sinking, Mugabe sets hopes on "old friend" China

29 August 2014, 09:57

Snubbed by a U.S.-hosted gathering of African leaders this month, Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe has turned again to "old friend" China, but even Beijing's support may not be enough to rescue his country's sinking economy.

Rwanda's 21.7 mln USD treasury bond oversubscribed

29 August 2014, 08:36

Rwanda's 21.7 million U.S. dollars Treasury bond has been oversubscribed by 232 percent, attracting bids worth 50.4 million U.S. dollars.

Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000: UN

29 August 2014, 07:08

UN health agency: Ebola is accelerating in West Africa and could sicken as many as 20,000.

West African states call end to border closures over Ebola

28 August 2014, 22:03

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 said.

Ebola crisis talks start in Ghana

28 August 2014, 20:05

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.

UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

28 August 2014, 18:00

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said.

Ebola death toll passes 1 500 mark, says WHO

28 August 2014, 14:49

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.

Zimbabwe politicians warned against attacking Mugabe's wife

28 August 2014, 13:28

President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has warned party members against bad-mouthing the veteran leader's wife, following her shock entry into politics.

Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government

28 August 2014, 12:16

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

Twins, 7, help convict man for rape

28 August 2014, 11:05

Twin sisters aged 7 have helped to convict a man who raped their 3-year-old sister. In 2009 the man received a five-year suspended sentence for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

S Sudan army, rebels trade blame for downing UN helicopter

28 August 2014, 09:36

South Sudan’s rebels and army have traded blame for shooting down a UN helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war.

Niger parliament chief in baby-trafficking case, 'disappears'

28 August 2014, 08:10

Niger's head of parliament, who faces questioning in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has "discreetly" left the country for Burkina Faso, an opposition official said.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

28 August 2014, 07:06

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

UN releases $1.5mn to help DR Congo fight Ebola

27 August 2014, 20:03

The United Nations on Wednesday allocated $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola.

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

27 August 2014, 18:03

A senior adviser 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.

Zimbabwe police beat, detain opposition protesters

27 August 2014, 15:19

Zimbabwe riot police detained a dozen opposition protesters and beat up others at a demonstration on Wednesday over high unemployment, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

UN says 3 dead in helicopter crash in South Sudan warzone

27 August 2014, 14:16

Three people were killed and one injured when a UN cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan's northern warzone region of Unity state, the UN said.

Mugabe a true son of Africa – diplomats

27 August 2014, 13:13

African diplomats in China have reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a true son of Africa, during his week-long visit to that country.

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