- Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 15:17
President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States must lead efforts in containing the Ebola outbreak, warning about the possibility of a bigger threat to the country if it doesn't act now.
- Published on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:24
The spread of the deadly Ebola virus has rapidly increased, killing almost 1,000 people in the last month alone, official figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show.
Ebola-related deaths across West Africa doubled in August as the death toll reached 1,900. There have been 3,685 cases reported since the outbreak.
- Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 12:21
African Union (AU) troops raped women and girls seeking medical aid or water from their bases in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a rights group says.
The troops had "misused" their power over women fleeing violence and poverty, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
- Published on Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:57
Bodies remain littered on the streets of a northern Nigerian town two days after it was seized by militant Islamists, a lawmaker has told the BBC.
Boko Haram fighters were patrolling the streets of Bama, preventing people from burying the dead, Ahmed Zanna said.
- Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 06:43
Somalia's Islamist group al-Shabab has named Ahmad Umar as successor to former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a US air strike.
The group announced the move in an online statement, vowing to take revenge for Godane's death.
- Published on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:20
Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has seized the key north-eastern town of Bama after fierce fighting with government forces, residents say.
Thousands of civilians have fled the town, along with soldiers, they added.
- Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 04:57
The Egyptian authorities have arrested seven men accused of appearing in a video apparently showing a gay wedding.
The video, showing a group of men celebrating on a Nile river boat, was widely shared on social media.
- Published on Monday, 01 September 2014 16:38
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Witnesses say several hundred Muslim rebels have left the capital of Central African Republic and are now heading back to the country’s north about eight months after they were forced from power.
Authorities say 239 men and their families left Bangui out of about 2,200 who are believed to still be living in the capital.
- Published on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:36
China on Friday thanked South Africa and praised its “correct position” for apparently denying a visa to Nobel Peace Prize winner and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for the third time in five years.
An aide to Tibet’s spiritual leader said on Thursday he had cancelled a trip to South Africa for a Nobel laureates’ summit because Pretoria had denied him a visa to avoid angering Beijing.
- Published on Monday, 01 September 2014 09:07
The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in danger.
Speaking to the BBC, Thomas Thabane said he would return from South Africa, which surrounds Lesotho, "as soon as I know I am not going to get killed".