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Africa

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola shutdown

18 September 2014, 20:32

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.

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Fishermen use polythene bags as condoms

18 September 2014, 18:32

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.

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Museveni deploys Army to save Agriculture sector from collapse

18 September 2014, 16:39

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

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TB Joshua one of Africa’s wealthiest pastors

18 September 2014, 13:26

"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.

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Ivory Coast battles to keep out Ebola

18 September 2014, 12:01

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.

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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.

Nigeria says 70 dead in building collapse

17 September 2014, 17:59

Seventy bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a collapsed church building in Lagos but remain unidentified, a Nigerian official said .

Youths arrested for celebrating Museveni's 80th birthday

17 September 2014, 16:20

A group of unidentified youth beat the police officers deployed at Constitutional square and held a mock birthday party for President Yoweri Museveni.

South Sudan to revoke order to expel foreign workers: report

17 September 2014, 14:44

South Sudan's government has announced it will revoke a controversial move to expel foreign workers.

Jihadists claim bomb that killed 6 Egypt cops

17 September 2014, 13:03

Egypt’s deadliest militant group has claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where forces frequently clash with jihadists.

Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiralling out of control'

17 September 2014, 10:00

President Barack Obama has issued a global call to action to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak is unprecedented and "spiralling out of control".

US couple sentenced for abusing Ethiopian children

17 September 2014, 08:36

Ex-Pennsylvania prosecutor, wife sentenced on charges they abused 2 adopted Ethiopian children.

Laughing traffickers sink boat with 500

17 September 2014, 07:13

Survivors of the most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown.

Over 130,000 Somalis forced to flee homes: UNHCR

17 September 2014, 07:13

More than 130,000 Somalis have been forced to flee their homes owing to evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihoods.

Liberia to wait weeks or months for new Ebola centres

16 September 2014, 20:00

The Ebola response in Liberia, the country worst hit by the outbreak, will focus on community-level care units since new treatment centres are unlikely to be ready for weeks or months.

S.Sudan bans foreign workers despite looming famine

16 September 2014, 18:01

Authorities in war-torn South Sudan announced a ban on foreign workers, including staff with foreign aid agencies, and ordered they be replaced by locals.

Sinai bomb kills 6 Egypt policemen

16 September 2014, 16:01

A bomb has hit an Egyptian security force convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, killing six policemen in the restive region where jihadists launch regular attacks.

S.Sudan bans all foreign workers despite looming famine

16 September 2014, 14:40

War-torn South Sudan has banned all foreign workers, including aid workers and ordered they be replaced by locals.

Sudan frees opposition party leader

16 September 2014, 13:29

Sudan has released an opposition leader who was detained for three months after accusing counter-insurgency paramilitaries of abuses against civilians in the Darfur region, his party says.

Somalia's al-Shabaab denies Uganda claim

16 September 2014, 10:28

Somalia's al-Shabaab militants have denied that Ugandan authorities had foiled an attack by the group.

Prostitute decapitated for traditional medicine

16 September 2014, 10:24

Three minors are expected to plead not guilty to participating in the killing and decapitation of a prostitute whose head was intended for use by a traditional healer.

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