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Africa

Rwanda imposes Ebola checks on travellers

22 October 2014, 22:04

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.

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Two die in Sierra Leone riot sparked by Ebola tests

22 October 2014, 20:05

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.

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Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations

22 October 2014, 17:51

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

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Cuba sends 83 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola

22 October 2014, 17:51

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.

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Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell

22 October 2014, 14:43

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

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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.

Pistorius now one of 7,000 inmates at Pretoria jail

21 October 2014, 17:05

Oscar Pistorius's fall from grace as an international star athlete was complete as he was driven through the gates of a drab Pretoria prison to begin serving a five year jail sentence.

Nigeria hopes 'deal' with Boko Haram improves image

21 October 2014, 14:09

Nigeria's disputed claim to have brokered a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram and release deal for more than 200 schoolgirls was aimed at improving the country's tarnished reputation.

Steenkamp family welcomes Pistorius jail sentence

21 October 2014, 12:35

The family of slain model Reeva Steenkamp welcomed the sentencing of her killer Oscar Pistorius to up to five years in jail.

Prosecutors weighing appeal of Pistorius verdict

21 October 2014, 12:35

South African prosecutors welcomed Oscar Pistorius's sentence to up to five years in jail, but said they were still weighing whether or not to appeal his conviction on charges of culpable homicide.

Oscar Pistorius: The 'broke and broken' Olympian

21 October 2014, 10:56

At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in jail

21 October 2014, 10:56

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years behind bars for culpable homicide after a seven month trial for the death of Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria home.

Pistorius arrives in court for sentencing

21 October 2014, 09:46

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court for sentencing over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Tunis foils attacks on envoys

21 October 2014, 08:36

Tunisian authorities have foiled planned attacks by militants on foreign diplomats and economic installations in recent weeks, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou says.

US says talks to free Nigerian girls ongoing

21 October 2014, 07:14

A US official has confirmed that a ceasefire deal appeared to have been reached between Nigeria and Boko Haram militants, but said talks to release some 200 kidnapped girls were ongoing.

Nigeria declared Ebola-free; 'spectacular success'

20 October 2014, 22:04

Nigeria declared Ebola-free in 'spectacular success story' doctors say fluids saved lives.

60 migrants slip into North African enclave

20 October 2014, 19:59

The Spanish government says several hundred African migrants staged multiple attempts to scale the border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco.

EU seeks $1.27 billion in Ebola aid for W. Africa

20 October 2014, 18:12

The European Union committed itself to step up efforts toward getting 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa and rejected the idea of halting direct flights coming from the region.

Lebanon imposes new measures against Ebola

20 October 2014, 15:39

Lebanon is imposing new measures to prevent the Ebola virus from reaching the Middle Eastern nation.

Boko Haram 'ceasefire' in doubt after attacks

20 October 2014, 09:13

Nigerian military and intelligence officials have raised doubts on about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

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