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Africa

UK volunteers fly to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

22 November 2014, 14:33

First British volunteers fly to Sierra Leone, where experts warn of 'intense' Ebola surge.

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Mandela's widow says Ebola wake-up call for Africa

22 November 2014, 07:55

Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel Friday said the Ebola epidemic should be a wake-up call for African leaders.

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Tanzanian PM tries to halt debate on energy sector

21 November 2014, 19:51

Tanzania's government has asked parliament to cancel a planned debate on corruption allegations in the energy sector, angering some lawmakers who complained of a cover-up.

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WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Congo

21 November 2014, 18:05

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was over after no people showed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case.

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Uganda plans to pass new version of anti-gay law by Christmas

21 November 2014, 16:17

Drafters of a revised anti-gay law want parliament to pass it in time to be a "Christmas gift" for Ugandans, a lawmaker said.

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11 killed in Zimbabwe church stampede

21 November 2014, 15:17

At least 11 people died and several others were injured during a stampede at the end of a church service in the Zimbabwean mining town of Kwekwe.

Zambia's Guy Scott suspended as ruling party leader

21 November 2014, 13:38

Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front says it has suspended President Guy Scott as acting head of the party for “unconstitutional conduct”.

Cuban doctor arrives in Switzerland for Ebola aid

21 November 2014, 12:22

Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone arrives in Switzerland for treatment.

Ousted Burkina leader arrives in Morocco from I Coast

21 November 2014, 10:42

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.

Policemen in Uganda use forged documents to join the force

21 November 2014, 09:30

A good number of policemen in Uganda allegedly used forged documents to join the police force, frustrating efforts to fight corruption in the country.

Pardon for Jazeera journos being discussed - Sisi

21 November 2014, 08:09

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has suggested that he is considering pardoning journalists of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television station jailed in his country for nearly a year.

Egypt acquits doctor of fatal FGM

21 November 2014, 07:10

An Egyptian court acquitted a male doctor of carrying out a female circumcision that killed a teenager.

Crocodile eats pregnant woman in Uganda

20 November 2014, 21:55

A crocodile has killed and eaten a pregnant woman on the shores of a lake in north-eastern Uganda, a senior wildlife official says, making her the 30th victim of such reptile attacks in the east African nation this year.

WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone

20 November 2014, 19:55

The World Health Organization says the transmission of Ebola remains "intense" and widespread in Sierra Leone.

Ugandan lawmakers draft new anti-gay bill

20 November 2014, 18:25

Ugandan lawmakers draft new anti-gay bill, seek to introduce it before Christmas.

Nigeria police fire teargas in parliament ahead of key vote

20 November 2014, 16:00

Nigerian police fired teargas inside the parliament complex apparently trying to block opposition lawmakers, including the speaker of the lower house, from entering the building for a key security vote.

Egypt arrests senior Muslim Brotherhood member

20 November 2014, 14:25

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood's top negotiator; bomb, stun grenade in Cairo hurt 8 people.

Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone

20 November 2014, 13:09

Ebola transmission remains 'intense' in Sierra Leone as Liberia, Guinea improve somewhat.

Egypt arrests top Islamist negotiator

20 November 2014, 12:06

A security official says Egyptian authorities have arrested a leading Muslim Brotherhood member who played key role in negotiations between his now-banned group and the government.

Burkina Faso army maintains hold on power

20 November 2014, 10:57

The army officer who took power after the fall of Burkina Faso's president was named prime minister, ensuring the military keeps a grip on government despite pressure for a civilian transition.

Ugandan priest found dead in Mexico denounced violence

20 November 2014, 09:33

Ugandan priest John Ssenyondo loved his adopted country of Mexico and preached against violence until his body was found in a mass grave between fields of corn and beans.

Boko Haram steps up attacks in Cameroon

20 November 2014, 08:25

Nigerian extremists Boko Haram are intensifying attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, targeting new villages with increasingly sophisticated weapons, as the army fears more violence in the approaching dry season.

Widow of Zambian president joins succession race

20 November 2014, 07:13

The battle for Zambia's presidency became even more of a family affair with late leader Michael Sata's widow joining the race to become the ruling party's candidate.

Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation

19 November 2014, 22:00

Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even though a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure.

Ebola's impact on Africa economy less than feared

19 November 2014, 19:55

The cost of the Ebola epidemic on Sub-Saharan Africa's economy is likely to be closer to $3-$4 billion, rather than a worst case scenario of $32 billion, the World Bank said.

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