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Africa

With economy sinking, Mugabe sets hopes on "old friend" China

29 August 2014, 10:57

Snubbed by a U.S.-hosted gathering of African leaders this month, Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe has turned again to "old friend" China, but even Beijing's support may not be enough to rescue his country's sinking economy.

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Rwanda's 21.7 mln USD treasury bond oversubscribed

29 August 2014, 09:36

Rwanda's 21.7 million U.S. dollars Treasury bond has been oversubscribed by 232 percent, attracting bids worth 50.4 million U.S. dollars.

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West African states call end to border closures over Ebola

28 August 2014, 23:03

West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States said.

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Ebola crisis talks start in Ghana

28 August 2014, 21:05

Health ministers of the West African regional bloc Ecowas have gathered in Ghana for crisis talks aimed at strengthening each country’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

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UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

28 August 2014, 18:00

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said.

Ebola death toll passes 1 500 mark, says WHO

28 August 2014, 14:49

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak tearing through West Africa has passed the 1 500 mark while the number of cases has soared past 3 000, the WHO says.

Zimbabwe politicians warned against attacking Mugabe's wife

28 August 2014, 13:28

President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has warned party members against bad-mouthing the veteran leader's wife, following her shock entry into politics.

Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government

28 August 2014, 12:16

A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveler from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities have announced.

Twins, 7, help convict man for rape

28 August 2014, 11:05

Twin sisters aged 7 have helped to convict a man who raped their 3-year-old sister. In 2009 the man received a five-year suspended sentence for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

S Sudan army, rebels trade blame for downing UN helicopter

28 August 2014, 09:36

South Sudan’s rebels and army have traded blame for shooting down a UN helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war.

Niger parliament chief in baby-trafficking case, 'disappears'

28 August 2014, 08:10

Niger's head of parliament, who faces questioning in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has "discreetly" left the country for Burkina Faso, an opposition official said.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

28 August 2014, 07:06

The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

UN releases $1.5mn to help DR Congo fight Ebola

27 August 2014, 20:03

The United Nations on Wednesday allocated $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola.

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

27 August 2014, 18:03

A senior adviser to Sierra Leone's president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country's fight against the virulent disease.

Zimbabwe police beat, detain opposition protesters

27 August 2014, 15:19

Zimbabwe riot police detained a dozen opposition protesters and beat up others at a demonstration on Wednesday over high unemployment, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

UN says 3 dead in helicopter crash in South Sudan warzone

27 August 2014, 14:16

Three people were killed and one injured when a UN cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan's northern warzone region of Unity state, the UN said.

Mugabe a true son of Africa – diplomats

27 August 2014, 13:13

African diplomats in China have reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a true son of Africa, during his week-long visit to that country.

Ebola takes its toll on traders in Sierra Leone

27 August 2014, 11:55

Many local traders in Sierra Leone have been hit hard by Ebola, as their business suffer. The fear is so high that many bustling districts have become ghost town.

Drugs for Ebola: A factfile

27 August 2014, 10:45

Following is a factfile on the main drugs to tackle the Ebola virus, which has claimed more than 1,400 lives in five African countries since December.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

27 August 2014, 09:32

Liberia’s leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office says.

European Miraa ban affects Ethiopia's blueprint

27 August 2014, 08:20

For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a drug that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia's Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back.

Canada pulling Ebola lab team from Sierra Leone

27 August 2014, 07:07

Canada pulling lab team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel diagnosed with Ebola.

Bound, bagged bodies found floating in Burundi lake

26 August 2014, 22:01

Fishermen in Burundi have found several corpses with limbs bound or stuffed in sacks, floating in a lake bordering Rwanda.

Liberia: Dogs eat remains of Ebola victims

26 August 2014, 20:02

Residents from a township in the Liberian capital of Monrovia have witnessed dogs eating the remains of dead Ebola victims.

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