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Africa

Army general assumes power in Burkina Faso as president resigns

01 November 2014, 09:33

The second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital.

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First suspect in murder of S.African football captain in court

31 October 2014, 22:59

A suspect appeared in court over the slaying of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa, whose murder during a robbery shocked the nation, police and prosecutors said.

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Liberia opens one of largest Ebola treatment centres

31 October 2014, 20:58

Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia, as officials hope the disease is on the decline in the West African country.

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Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

31 October 2014, 19:00

Africans shun the E-word, worst responders as Ebola poses biggest continental threat in years.

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Triple bombing at north Nigeria bus station kills 8

31 October 2014, 16:08

A triple bombing at a bus station in north Nigeria during morning rush hour killed at least eight people and injured 34 others, as hopes of a ceasefire with Boko Haram appeared to suffer another blow.

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Protests continue in Burkina Faso

31 October 2014, 11:15

Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Burkina Faso demanding that President Blaise Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government.

22 arrested for growing bhang in Kampala City Center

31 October 2014, 09:34

Police in Kampala arrested 22 men suspected of growing bhang in the city center.

Zimbabwe opposition hopes to challenge Mugabe

31 October 2014, 08:24

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change meets to elect new leaders and forge a new plan against Mugabe's 34-year rule.

Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

31 October 2014, 07:04

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

Experts urge caution over Ebola hopes

30 October 2014, 22:10

Health authorities called for renewed vigilance over the Ebola epidemic, urging caution over claims that the outbreak is retreating as the World Bank boosted the global response.

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

30 October 2014, 20:13

Top Ebola officials in Liberia and Sierra Leone describe successes amid looming danger.

MSF warns Liberia Ebola 'progress' could be illusory

30 October 2014, 18:21

Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders urged caution over claims of a slowdown in infections in Ebola-hit Liberia, saying the apparent drop could be due to poor management of the sick.

Burkina parliament set ablaze in protests over president

30 October 2014, 15:02

Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso, setting parliament ablaze in a surge of violence that forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule.

Philippines urges citizens to leave Ebola-hit Africa

30 October 2014, 08:30

The Philippines has urged hundreds of its citizens to leave Ebola-hit west African nations, as it announced anyone who returned would be placed under a 21-day quarantine.

Zambia in mourning for president as US urges peaceful transition

30 October 2014, 07:02

Zambia holds a second day of mourning for president Michael Sata, who died in a London hospital, as his deputy Guy Scott becomes, pending elections, Africa's first white leader.

Ebola cases slow in Liberia, but too soon to celebrate

30 October 2014, 07:02

The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, according to the World Health Organization.

Patient Zero in Ebola outbreak was Guinean toddler

29 October 2014, 22:02

In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control.

UN chief calls for urgent aid to avert new famine in Somalia

29 October 2014, 20:07

UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that Somalia risks returning to famine without urgent aid, as he visited the war-torn country three years since more than 250,000 people died of hunger.

Sierra Leone leader: Change behavior to end Ebola

29 October 2014, 18:04

As more Ebola cases emerged around the capital, Sierra Leone's president warned that the country won't win the war against the epidemic until people change their behavior.

Zambia names white vice president as interim leader

29 October 2014, 15:11

Zambian Vice President Guy Scott was named acting head of state following the death of President Michael Sata, making him Africa's first white leader since South Africa's FW de Klerk.

No body protection for Ban Ki-moon in Somalia

29 October 2014, 14:08

No flak jacket required: UN chief comes to Somalia in business suit, sign of safer Mogadishu.

Behaviour change only way to defeat Ebola

29 October 2014, 14:08

Sierra Leone's president says battle against Ebola will only be won when behaviour changes.

Several killed in suspected Boko Haram attack

29 October 2014, 12:53

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed several people in a village in Nigeria's far northeast.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon visits Somalia

29 October 2014, 11:21

UN chief Ban Ki-moon met with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud under heavy security in Mogadishu, his first visit to the dangerous capital of the war-torn nation for almost three years.

Zambia confirms President Sata death

29 October 2014, 09:57

Zambia's government has announced that President Michael Sata, 77, has died in London, where he was receiving medical treatment.

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