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Africa

Sierra Leone's Ebola shutdown uncovers 70 dead

21 September 2014, 16:30

Sierra Leone wrapped up its 72-hour shutdown, with authorities reporting that the action aimed at containing the Ebola epidemic had uncovered up to 70 dead bodies.

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Egypt military aircraft crash kills six

21 September 2014, 16:30

An Egyptian military aircraft crashed while on a training mission after a technical failure, killing six soldiers, the army said.

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Jobless and poor, Ghana's youth turn to selling blood

21 September 2014, 10:03

To Ghana's legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a money-making proposition: sell your blood.

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Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

19 September 2014, 22:00

Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight

19 September 2014, 20:34

A high-ranking U.S. Army officer says thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and help Africans treat Ebola victims.

South Africa's murder rate goes up

19 September 2014, 18:01

South African police say murder rate has climbed 5 percent since last year.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

19 September 2014, 13:14

Sierra Leon has launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

Museveni sacks Prime Minister in cabinet reshuffle

19 September 2014, 15:20

Uganda's President, Yoweri Museveni has sacked his long time right hand man and colleague, Amama Mbabazi from the office of the Prime Minister.

Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali

19 September 2014, 11:29

A roadside bomb in northern Mali has killed five UN peacekeepers and wounded several others, a spokesperson said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force.

Ebola team killed in cold blood in Guinea

19 September 2014, 09:59

At least seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in south-eastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government says.

Ebola screening for Nigeria's Mecca pilgrims

19 September 2014, 08:31

With some 76 000 Nigerian Muslims expected this year at the hajj in Saudi Arabia, organisation was always going to be a major logistical undertaking.

Nigerian sells wife for human sacrifice

19 September 2014, 07:18

A Nigerian man has been arrested for selling his wife to black magic practitioners who wanted to sacrifice a virgin.

Uganda frees intelligence official accused of assassination plots

18 September 2014, 21:36

A military court in Uganda has freed a top intelligence official accused of plotting to assassinate senior politicians in the east African nation.

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola shutdown

18 September 2014, 19:32

Sierra Leone was preparing for an unprecedented three-day nationwide shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic.

Fishermen use polythene bags as condoms

18 September 2014, 17:32

MP representing fishing communities in Uganda and health officials working on Islands revealed that there is acute shortage of condoms among fishermen, forcing them to use polythene bags while playing sex.

Museveni deploys Army to save Agriculture sector from collapse

18 September 2014, 15:39

President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned some soldiers to fight corruption in the Agriculture Sector.

TB Joshua one of Africa’s wealthiest pastors

18 September 2014, 12:26

"Prophet" TB Joshua was named the third richest pastor in Nigeria, with an estimated net worth between $10m and $15m, according to a list compiled by Forbes.

Ivory Coast battles to keep out Ebola

18 September 2014, 11:01

As Ivory Coast campaigns to fend off an Ebola outbreak ravaging neighbouring West African states, grim reminders of the catastrophe unfolding across its western border are everywhere.

Liberia hopes US Ebola pledge will spur others to act

18 September 2014, 09:45

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she hopes President Barack Obama’s decision to send 3 000 troops to West Africa to battle the worst Ebola outbreak on record would spur other countries to help.

French nurse for MSF contracts Ebola in Liberia

18 September 2014, 08:22

A French volunteer working for Medicines Sans Frontieres in Liberia has contracted Ebola, the medical charity says, adding that seven local staff members have already fallen ill from the deadly virus.

Shooting, blast at Kano college

18 September 2014, 07:14

Gunshots and an explosion hit a college in the north Nigerian city of Kano.

West African powerhouse Ivory Coast battles to keep out Ebola

17 September 2014, 21:54

As Ivory Coast campaigns to fend off an Ebola outbreak ravaging neighbouring West African states, such grim reminders of the catastrophe unfolding across its western border are everywhere.

Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more

17 September 2014, 19:54

Liberian president says she hopes promised US anti-Ebola aid spurs world into further action.

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