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Ebola crisis likely to last a year, says expert

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.

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Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap dozens'

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.

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200 inmates escape after prison break in Nigeria

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.

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54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

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.

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vows war on al-Shabab

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."

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Uganda maid Jolly Tumuhirwe guilty of assaulting toddler

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.

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Gunmen kill Kenya quarry workers

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.

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Nigeria: Obasanjo Defends Book Presentation, Explains Letters to Jonathan

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.

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Burkina Faso’s army pick to fill ousted president’s seat

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.

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Mugabe sacks vice president Mujuru

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.

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'Boko Haram' kills 48 Nigerian fishermen near Chad

Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram have reportedly killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad.

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