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Jihadists kill dozens in Nigeria attacks

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The killings are the latest in a spike of assaults by fighters believed to be from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential runoff to end turmoil

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The results are not expected until next week

ELECTIONS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. File photo by John Wessels/AFPJOHN WESSELS / AFP

ISIS claims attack that killed 7 Burkina soldiers

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:47 AM

But the Islamic State does not claim responsibility for a simultaneous assault on Arbinda City that left 35 civilians dead

Jihadists execute 4 hostages in Nigeria – French NGO

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Action Against Hunger says the 4 victims were among the 6 hostages abducted in northeastern Nigeria in July

West African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The fund would help reinforce the military operations of the West African countries in their fight against jihadist attacks in the region

ECOWAS. (From L-R) Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, Idriss Deby of Chad, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Faure Gnassigbe of Togo, Macky Sall of Senegal, and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria pose after the opening ceremony of ECOWAS G5 security summit in Ouagadougou on September 14, 2019. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Boko Haram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Fighters from the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province overrun the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, January 1, military and militia sources tell Agence France-Presse

The German massacre of Namibia's indigenous tribes

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Some historians consider as genocide the massacre from 1904 to 1908 of modern-day Namibia's indigenous Herero and Nama groups by German imperial troops

MASSACRE. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2011 in Berlin, a skull is on display at the Charite Hospital, prior to a hand-over ceremony of 20 skulls taken from Namibia at the beginning of the 20th Century. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Sierra Leone picks president in shifting political climate

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Partial tallies are expected within 48 hours and complete results within two weeks

Blocked from Europe, migrants settle in Morocco

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Morocco has turned from a transit country into a host country for immigrants, according to the government's High Commission for Planning

STAYING IN MOROCCO. African migrants opt to settle in Morocco amid difficulty to enter Europe.

Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Diezani Alison Madueke is the first female minister of petroleum resources whose term was marred by corruption allegations

NIGERIA CASE. Diezani Alison-Madueke is Nigeria's first female minister of petroleum resources whose service was marred with corruption claims. Photo from Wikipedia

Electoral fraud in Africa getting trickier – experts

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Experts say electoral fraud in Africa is becoming harder thanks to civil society vigilance and spread of mobile technology

A South African woman casts her ballot at a voting station for the municipal elections in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, on August 3, 2016. Herman Verwey/AFP

New Boko Haram video 'shows Chibok girls'

Aug 14, 2016 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED The 11 minute video shows girls with veils sitting on the ground and standing in the background

West Africa marks end of recent Ebola outbreak

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Liberia the worst hit country now enters a 90 day period of heightened surveillance for any new cases

epa05239933 A Liberian man pours sanitizer as part of measures to help curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 01 April 2016. According to meda reports on 01 April 2016, a Liberian woman has died of Ebola, despite the country having been declared Ebola-free by health officials. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan

May 21, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility PEF covers outbreaks of several classes of infectious diseases most at risk for epidemics

EMERGENCY INSURANCE. President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim (R) chats with OECD General Secretary Angel Gurria (2nd R) prior to the G7 Symposium entitled "Future of the Global Economy" in the hot spring town in Sendai on May 20, 2016. Photo by Kazuhuri Nogi/ AFP

Diamond exports in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone plummet in 2015

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The exports fall by 20 as the Ebola virus prevents miners from going into fields

epa01028505 Picture made available 04 June 2007 shows a Lebanese diamond dealer sorting a collections of rough diamonds by size in his shop in Koidu town eastern Sierra Leone, 23 May 2007. During Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war which ended in 2002 Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels occupied the diamond fields exchanging 'blood diamonds' for weapons to fuel their brutal campaign. On 04 June 2007 the RUF's chief backer, former Liberian president Charles Taylor, goes on trial in The Hague before the Special Court for Sierra Leone charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of international law becoming the first African head of state to face such charges. Meanwhile in Sierra Leone the rebels are gone but an estimated 200,000 continue to mine diamonds as they did during the war. Last year Sierra Leone's official diamond exports were worth $136-million yet the country remains desperately poor. EPA/TUGELA RIDLEY

101 die in Nigeria from Lassa fever outbreak

Feb 06, 2016 - 6:00 PM

UPDATED Nigerian health authorities report shows deaths from the virus have been recorded in Abuja Lagos and 14 other states

109 quarantined in Sierra Leone after new Ebola death

Jan 17, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Of the 109 who had been in contact with the victim 28 are considered high risk

FIGHTING THE DISEASE. Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people since 2013. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

PH military bases, Mamasapano probe, WHO on ebola | 12PM wRap

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

Jan 13, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The mining agriculture and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The World Health Organization s announcement is expected on January 14 with Liberia in the clear

epa05053738 Liberian ebola survivors, Nathan Gbotoe(2-L), and his son, Abraham Gbotoe (C) walks away during discharging ceremony from the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia, 03 December 2015. Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Benin prime minister unhurt after helicopter crash

Dec 27, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The incident occurred on December 26 at a stadium but left no casualties

Guinea-Bissau forms new govt after 2-month stalemate

Oct 13, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The new team includes 15 ministers and 14 secretaries of state mostly from the previous government and the ruling African party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde PAIGC

WHO chief calls for urgent transformation of global epidemic response

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:55 PM

We need to put in place corrective strategies just as quickly as possible WHO Director General Margaret Chan tells a committee created to review why existing international health regulations failed to prevent the deadly Ebola outbreak

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, addresses her statement during the special session on Ebola of the Executive Board, at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, January 25, 2015. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Belmokhtar's jihadist group says it's Qaeda branch

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:11 PM

Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar allegedly masterminded the 2013 siege of an Algerian gas plant in which 38 hostages mainly Westerners were killed

KILLED. An undated handout picture made available by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on 15 June 2015 shows Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist fighter affiliated with al-Qaeda in North Africa. FBI/EPA

Experts denounce WHO's slow Ebola response

May 11, 2015 - 10:57 PM

It is still unclear to the panel why early warnings approximately from May through to July 2014 did not result in an effective and adequate response an interim report by a 6 member expert team says

EBOLA AWARENESS. A man walks past an ebola awareness poster outside the closed Medicins Sans Frontiere Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Liberia, 19 April 2015.Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola nightmare does not end with recovery – WHO

Feb 07, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Experts agree that far more attention is needed to be paid to survivors of the virus

ONGOING CARE. A Liberian nurse administers an experimental Ebola vaccine at the beginning of a trial program at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, outside Monrovia, Liberia, February 2, 2015. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline

Jan 30, 2015 - 12:06 AM

UN s Ebola coordinator David Nabarro still cautions that the epidemic is not totally contained

A photograph made available 27 July 2014 shows Liberian health workers in protective gear on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, 02 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Pope in Manila, Al Qaeda vs ISIS, Google Glass gone | The wRap

Jan 16, 2015 - 8:43 PM

Pope Francis talks about corruption to Filipino politicians Revival of Al Qaeda ISIS rivalry? And goodbye Google Glass

UN Ebola czar says epidemic has 'passed the tipping point'

Jan 16, 2015 - 9:10 AM

UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro: I m absolutely delighted to see that the incidence of confirmed Ebola cases week on week is reducing

NABARRO ON EBOLA. Senior United Nations' Coordinator for Ebola David Nabarro attends the WHO's High Level Meeting on building resilient systems for health in Ebola-affected countries, in Geneva, Switzerland, 10 December 2014. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

Up to one million facing hunger in Ebola-hit countries: UN

Dec 17, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The number of people facing food insecurity due to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone could top one million by March 2015

Liberian street artist Stephen Doe paints on September 8, 2014 a mural to inform people about the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

UNICEF ups Ebola fight, needs $500M for next 6 months

Dec 13, 2014 - 12:08 AM

This is about restoring family links retracing reuniting children with extended family says Unicef spokeswoman Sarah Crowe

EBOLA. In this file photo, a team of funeral agents specializing in the burial of victims of the Ebola virus put a body in a grave at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on October 10, 2014. File photo by Florian Plaucher/AFP

WHO 'wasted precious time' over Ebola – expert

Dec 04, 2014 - 12:12 AM

Peter Piot the Belgian microbiologist who co discovered the Ebola virus says while an initial delay in confirming the outbreak could be expected there was no excuse for waiting 5 months before acknowledging the extent of the crisis

ANOTHER VICTIM. Liberian nurses bury the body of an Ebola victim in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 06 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola toll nears 7,000: WHO

Nov 30, 2014 - 7:45 AM

A total of 16 169 people are infected with Ebola 6 928 died in the three countries at the centre of the outbreak: Sierra Leone Guinea and Liberia

CURBING EBOLA. A Liberian man walks past an Ebola information poster as a measure to curb the spread of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia 16 October 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

British-led scientists trial 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea

Nov 29, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The test is designed to be suitable for remote field hospitals where electricity and cold storage are often scarce

EBOLA TESTS. A picture made available on November 4, 2014 shows medical workers in protective suits working in the patient area of an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, October 13 2014. File photo by Kirstin Palitza/EPA

UN opens Ebola office in Mali as two new cases emerge

Nov 26, 2014 - 10:53 PM

The office of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response UNMEER is headed by Dr Ibrahima Soce Fall the World Health Organization country representative in Mali

UN warns Ebola still far from over

Nov 22, 2014 - 11:01 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon says if international efforts are stepped up the Ebola outbreak can be contained by the middle of next year

'LONG BATTLE AHEAD.' UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon responds to a question from the news media during a press conference on the global Ebola response at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA November 21, 2014. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

WHO confirms DR Congo Ebola-free status

Nov 21, 2014 - 9:16 PM

This strain however differs from the one that broke out in West Africa and killed 5 400 victims

Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in S.Leone

Nov 19, 2014 - 10:59 PM

As efforts to fight the outbreak in the 3 worst hit countries of Liberia Sierra Leone and Guinea intensify after a lackluster start Cuba has played a major role sending around 250 doctors and nurses to the region

MEDICAL MISSION. The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of medicines and medical material from a plane upon their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR

Two more suspected Ebola deaths in Mali – government

Nov 15, 2014 - 1:45 PM

The west African nation scrambles to prevent the isolated Ebola cases from developing into an outbreak crisis

Police officers stand in front of the quarantined Pasteur clinic in Bamako on November 12, 2014. Photo by Habibou Kouyate/AFP

UN, aid groups step up pressure on G20 over Ebola

Nov 15, 2014 - 12:25 PM

UN s Ban Ki moon says the secondary impacts of the health crisis could spiral into other areas including a food crisis caused by disruption in farming due in countries affected by the outbreak

INTENSIFY RESPONSE. Protesters hold posters and clocks to represent time running out during an Ebola protest event in Brisbane, Australia November 15, 2014 on the first day of the G20 leaders summit. Photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Very few drugs, trial sites in search for Ebola cure – WHO

Nov 15, 2014 - 10:00 AM

A key problem is that the drugs showing the most promise in animal trials are novel ones that are in very short supply and would be near impossible to scale up to a level that would allow proper testing

LIFE-SAVING? Boxes containing the first ZMapp test drugs for Ebola patients in Liberia moments after they arrived at Roberts International Airport, Margibi County, Liberia on August 13, 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Safe and dignified burials key to ending Ebola epidemic – WHO

Nov 08, 2014 - 12:38 PM

The World Health Organization has set a target of ensuring that 70 of Ebola burials in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone are safe by December 1

DIGNIFIED BURIALS. A Liberian Red Cross burial team retrieves the body of a suspected victim of Ebola in Banjor, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 24 October 2014. Fle photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Aquino: PH to give $1M for UN Ebola efforts

Nov 07, 2014 - 4:19 PM

3rd UPDATE The Philippines remains Ebola free as of Friday November 7

GLOBAL CALLS FOR HELP. A Liberian ambulance team transport the 70-year old Francis Konneh, a suspected Ebola patient from the township of West point in Monrovia, Liberia, 15 October 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

DOH: PH still Ebola-free, no cases in QC

Nov 06, 2014 - 3:05 PM

We appeal to the public not to spread unconfirmed and baseless reports says the Department of Health as it denies alleged Ebola cases in the country

RESERVED. A nurse wearing a protective suit stands in front of the door of the isolation room reserved for possible Ebola cases in the country inside the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EU officials to travel to Ebola-hit west Africa next week

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:10 PM

The European leaders are set to visit Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea from November 12 to November 16

A photograph made available 27 July 2014 shows Liberian health workers in protective gear on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, 02 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations

Nov 01, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Immigration authorities would also not issue new visa applications or process existing applications from foreign nationals intending to travel to an Ebola affected nation

CANADA PREPARATIONS. Safety suits hang in the level four laboratory training facility at the JC Wilt Infectious Diseases Research centre at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 14, 2014. File photo by Michel Comte/AFP

World Bank gives $100M for Ebola health workers

Oct 30, 2014 - 10:01 PM

We must urgently find ways to break any barriers to the deployment of more health workers says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

UN: Ebola quarantine stigmatizes health workers

Oct 28, 2014 - 4:35 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says health workers returning from West Africa are exceptional and should be treated with respect

'EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE.' UN chief Ban Ki-Moon says health workers helping to fight Ebola in West Africa should be supported, not stigmatized through mandatory quarantine policies. File photo by Zoom Dosso/AFP

Britain, Sweden donate to struggling UN Ebola Fund

Oct 25, 2014 - 12:16 PM

The United Nations is leading the international response to the Ebola crisis and has set a target of ensuring at least 70 of infected people are getting treatment by December 1

MORE AID. A handout photograph released by the British Ministry of Defence showing more British troops from the Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment departing from Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, central England, 21 October as part of the British Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.  File photo by CPL Richard Cave/British Ministry Of Defence/EPA

Girl dies of Ebola in Mali's first case – gov't source

Oct 25, 2014 - 9:12 AM

The girl had recently returned to Mali from neighboring Guinea