- Published on Friday, 25 July 2014 08:24
A Liberian man has been taken to hospital in Nigeria after he developed sysmptoms of the deadly disease Ebola, which has killed hundreds in West Africa in the biggest recorded outbreak.
Nigerian officials said on Thursday that the man was being tested in Lagos, and it was not clear if he was infected with the disease, which has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February.
- Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:22
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy in Khartoum.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were met in Rome by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who said: "Today is a day of celebration."
- Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:59
Nigeria's National Assembly has broken up for a two-month recess, meaning approval for a loan to help the military fight Boko Haram must wait.
President Goodluck Jonathan submitted an urgent request to borrow $1bn (£580m) on the penultimate day of parliamentary business.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:18
In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.
The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.
- Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:32
A group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists held in jail for nearly three months have been charged with terrorism for having links to an outlawed group and for planning attacks, a judge said.
The seven members of the blogging collective Zone Nine and three journalists were arrested in April, prompting an outcry from rights groups who said the case was an assault on press freedom.
- Published on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:56
Nigeria's militant Islamists are in control of the key town of Damboa in north-eastern Nigeria, a local vigilante leader has told the BBC.
The vigilante force defending the town fled on Sunday, and Islamist group Boko Haram's black flag is now flying over Damboa, he said.
- Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:16
An Egyptian court has given nine men sentences ranging from 20 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting women near Cairo's Tahrir Square, according to state run newspaper al-Ahram.
The sentences handed down Wednesday were the harshest seen since the government criminalized sexual harassment last month, amid criticism over the widespread abuse of women in the country.
- Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 09:48
Gunmen have killed seven people, including four police officers, after attacking a passenger bus in Kenya’s coastal county of Lamu.
The gunmen opened fire on the bus near the town of Witu, some 50 km (31 miles) from the resort island of Lamu.
- Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:09
A collection of unusual items signed by South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has been auctioned in Johannesburg.
The lots included a chess set, of figures from either side of the apartheid battle, and salt and pepper shakers of Mr Mandela and FW de Klerk.