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Africa

Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015

24 October 2014, 19:00

Millions of Ebola vaccine doses could be ready in 2015; 5 more vaccines testing in March.

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Six dead in raid on besieged Tunisia house

24 October 2014, 16:12

Six people, including five women, were killed when Tunisian security forces stormed a house where gunmen were locked in a standoff with police near the capital, the authorities said.

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Ivory Coast launches manhunt for Ebola suspect

24 October 2014, 14:38

The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching the disease.

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Voting begins in Botswana's elections

24 October 2014, 13:04

Polling stations have opened in nationwide elections in which the Botswana Democratic Party, which has ruled the country since 1965, faces a tough challenge from a recently united opposition.

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Toddler tests positive in first case of Ebola in Mali

24 October 2014, 09:32

Mali's health ministry says the country has its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl, who had recently been in Guinea, tested positive for the virus.

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South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war

24 October 2014, 07:08

A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.

Rwanda cancels Ebola screenings for US, Spain

23 October 2014, 21:58

Rwanda's minister of health is reversing a decision she made to require visitors who had been in the U.S. or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition daily.

Ebola still of 'great concern' in west Africa

23 October 2014, 19:54

Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns about the worsening epidemic in West Africa as the number of people with the disease neared 10,000.

Nigeria 'ceasefire' with Boko Haram in doubt after fresh unrest

23 October 2014, 18:00

A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt on the government's claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.

Nigerian schoolgirls face uncertainty upon release

23 October 2014, 12:53

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists will face uncertainty if the extremists make good on an apparent pledge to free the teenagers they seized six months ago.

Family sues cops for not responding to calls

23 October 2014, 11:17

Members of a family in South Africa are reportedly suing the police for over KES 7,700,000, claiming they did not respond to numerous calls for help during threats of violence by an estranged husband.

Kagame allies seek vote to allow him a 3rd term

23 October 2014, 09:51

A campaign for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to seek a third term has begun with allies suggesting a constitutional change to allow him to run in 2017.

Ebola death toll rises to almost 4 900

23 October 2014, 08:20

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10 000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation says, as the scramble to find a cure gathers pace.

Blast rocks bus station in north Nigeria

23 October 2014, 07:11

A large explosion has rocked a bus station in a north Nigeria area previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses say, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government's purported ceasefire with the Islamists.

Rwanda imposes Ebola checks on travellers

22 October 2014, 21:04

Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travellers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates.

Two die in Sierra Leone riot sparked by Ebola tests

22 October 2014, 19:05

Two people died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked when health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman.

Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations

22 October 2014, 16:51

African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three west African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis.

Cuba sends 83 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola

22 October 2014, 16:51

A contingent of 83 doctors and nurses departed Cuba for Guinea and Liberia, bringing to 256 the number of medical workers sent by Havana to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell

22 October 2014, 13:43

Oscar Pistorius spends first night in a single cell in the prison's hospital wing.

Egypt bans anti-Mubarak activist from leaving

22 October 2014, 12:10

Egypt's authorities have banned a prominent activist of the 2011 uprising, Asma Mahfouz, from leaving the country while on her way to Bangkok, a Cairo airport official says.

DRC rape doc wins EU Sakharov human rights prize

22 October 2014, 10:38

Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege has won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the DRC.

Ramaphosa back in Lesotho to facilitate political normalcy

22 October 2014, 08:54

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to travel to Maseru, Lesotho to facilitate the country’s return to political normalcy, his office says.

Nigeria minister 'optimistic' girls free soon

22 October 2014, 07:20

Nigeria's foreign minister says Abuja hopes to end the conflict with Islamist militant group Boko Haram soon and win the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

MSF fetes '1000th Ebola survivor' in west Africa

21 October 2014, 20:45

Medical charity MSF, at the forefront of the fight against Ebola in west Africa, said it had saved a 1000th patient from the deadly epidemic.

Egypt military court sentences 7 to death

21 October 2014, 18:44

Egypt military court sentences 7 alleged militants to death, 2 to life for killing soldiers.

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