- Published on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:59
West Africa's Ebola crisis is likely to last until the end of 2015, says a leading researcher who helped to discover the virus.
Peter Piot, who has just returned from Sierra Leone, told the BBC that he was encouraged by progress there and by the promise of new anti-viral therapies.
- Published on Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:05
Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor has told the BBC.
He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Bintiri village.
- Published on Monday, 08 December 2014 11:13
Gunmen broke into a prison in the central Nigerian city of Minna, freeing around 200 inmates, a police spokesman and security sources said.
The sources said the gunmen stormed the facility late on Saturday in Niger state, near to the capital Abuja. Islamist sect Boko Haram and al Qaeda-linked group Ansaru have been behind several prison raids in recent years, although it was unclear whether they had anything to do with this one.
- Published on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:26
A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August.
- Published on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:02
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said "we will not flinch" in the war against Islamist group al-Shabab after a massacre near the Somali border.
"This is a war against Kenya and Kenyans," he said on national TV. "It is a war that every one of us must fight."
- Published on Friday, 12 December 2014 11:44
A maid in Uganda who was secretly filmed beating a little girl has been found guilty of assaulting the toddler.
Jolly Tumuhirwe, 22, previously told the court she had been driven to attack the 18-month-old because the child's mother had beaten her - something the mother denies.
- Published on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 08:21
Gunmen have killed some 36 quarry workers near the north Kenyan town of Mandera, aid workers and officials say.
The attackers separated Muslims from non-Muslims and shot the Christians dead, residents said.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:24
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday said he chose to make his letters to President Goodluck Jonathan public because he had refused to address issues often stated in them.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 07:09
Political and military leaders in the West African nation of Burkina Faso have settled on a former foreign minister, Michel Kafando, to oversee a year-long transition to elections. The country has been without a leader since the former president was ousted by the citizens.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:37
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has fired his deputy Joice Mujuru, days after she lost her post
in the ruling party, and is expected to name a new cabinet on Tuesday, two government sources told Reuters.
- Published on Monday, 24 November 2014 08:35
Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram have reportedly killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad.