Ebola outbreak: Asky bans flights in West Africa
2014-07-29 17:40:43 UTC
A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Asky said it took the decision to keep "its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time".
The number of people killed by the virus in West A...
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies
2014-07-26 22:32:39 UTC
A Sierra Leone woman who fled hospital after testing positive for the Ebola virus has died after turning herself in, health officials have told the BBC.
Her family had forcibly removed her from a public hospital on Thursday.
Since February, more than 660 people have died of Ebola in West Af...
Air Algerie AH5017: 'No survivors' from crash in Mali
2014-07-25 21:58:21 UTC
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.
Mr Hollande said one flight data recorder had been recovered, after French troops reached the crash site near Mali's border with Burkina Faso.
Air traffic con...
'Many dead' after Boko Haram Islamist attacked Damboa
2014-07-19 08:05:28 UTC
Many people are feared dead after suspected Boko Haram Islamist gunmen attacked a town in north-east Nigeria.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC that half of Damboa had been burnt down, including the town's main market.
At least 18 bodies so far have been recovered from the attack, which lasted for ...
World celebrates 1st Mandela Day since icon´s death
2014-07-18 06:17:02 UTC
JOHANNESBURG: People around the world celebrating "Mandela Day" Friday for the first time since the iconic South African leader´s death by doing good deeds on what would have been his 96th birthday.
For the past five years millions have volunteered 67 minutes of their time on July 18 for the ...
Deadly car bomb rocks Somalia parliament building
2014-07-06 00:21:25 UTC
Several people have been killed as a powerful suicide car bomb exploded near Somalia's parliament on Saturday, police and witnesses said.
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a surge of attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, during Islam's holy mo...
Oscar Pistorius was Not Suffering From Mental Condition
2014-06-30 09:39:13 UTC
Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental condition on Valentine’s Day 2013 when he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, according to a report submitted in South African court today.
The athlete’s murder trial had been delayed for one month for Pistorius to receive a mental evalua...
Deadly blast hits Nigerian mall
2014-06-25 22:57:01 UTC
At least 21 people have died after an explosion rocked a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital Abuja.
The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country's Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many shops at the mall have TV screens but it was unclear if the exp...
WHO: Ebola deaths pass 300 in West Africa
2014-06-19 05:34:38 UTC
The number of people killed by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has risen to 337, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Fourteen deaths and 47 new cases were reported across the region over the last week, it added.
Guinea is worst-affected with 264 Ebola-related deaths. In Sier...
Islamists deadly attacks on Kenyan coast
2014-06-17 08:24:55 UTC
Somali-linked Islamist militants have killed at least eight people in a second night of attacks on Kenya's coast, after a raid on the town of Mpeketoni left at least 50 dead, the Kenya Red Cross and the Somali rebel group have said.
The Red Cross coordinator for the coast, Mwanaisha Hamisi, to...
Defence witness: Oscar Pistorius has an 'anxiety disorder'
2014-06-11 07:55:07 UTC
Pretoria, South Africa - Prosecutors will apply to have Oscar Pistorius committed for one month of mental evaluations after a psychiatrist on Monday told his murder trial the Paralympian suffered from an "anxiety disorder".
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued the sprinter should go to a facility for ...
Boko Haram attacks: Goodluck Jonathan is facing public opposition
2014-06-06 06:20:06 UTC
<h3>A suspected Boko Haram attack on villages in northeastern Nigeria has reportedly left hundreds of people dead. Witnesses said the gunmen from the Islamist militant group were dressed as soldiers.</h3>In a bid to fight back against a military offensive, suspected Boko Haram gunmen in the Gwoza...
Nigeria army 'knows where the kidnapped girls are located'
2014-05-27 00:48:20 UTC
Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff said it was "good news for the parents," although he admitted the military would not risk "going there with force."
More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from their school in northern Nigeria in April.
Earlier, the BBC learned that a deal to...
UN Security Council: Boko Haram designated as a branch of al Qaeda
2014-05-23 05:40:45 UTC
New York - At the request of the Nigerian government, the UN Security Council took action against the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. In a decision that was met with no opposition by any of its 15 members, the Council placed Boko Haram on a blacklist of al Qaeda-linked groups on Thursday. Th...
Islamist militants blamed for killing 30 people in Nigeria
2014-05-21 23:09:11 UTC
The AFP news agency reported that Boko Haram gunmen carried out two attacks near Chibok, the northeastern Nigerian town where the Islamists kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month.
News of both attacks surfaced hours after twin blasts in the central Nigerian town of Jos on Tuesday. At lea...
Bloodshed in central Nigerian city of Jos
2014-05-20 21:33:27 UTC
<h3>Two bombs hidden in a truck and minibus have exploded in a crowded market in the Nigerian city of Jos, according to the military. Over 100 people have been killed in the attacks, which could be heard miles away. Spokesman for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan: Bomb attacks in Jos do not im...
Mali sent troops to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal
2014-05-19 17:28:42 UTC
Mali sent troops on Monday to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal after Tuareg separatists seized local government offices, taking 28 hostages and engaging the army in a firefight in which eight soldiers and dozens of rebels died.
The fighting was sparked by Prime Minister Moussa Mara's visit t...
African leaders declare "war" on Nigeria's Islamic militants
2014-05-17 21:02:19 UTC
African leaders meeting in Paris have agreed to wage "war" on Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic militants.
President Hollande of France, who hosted the summit, said regional powers had pledged to share intelligence and co-ordinate action against the group.
Last month it abducted 223 schoolgirls ...
Judge ruled that Pistorius must undergo psychiatric tests
2014-05-14 17:08:07 UTC
The trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp suffered another delay as the judge ruled that the athlete must undergo mental health tests in a psychiatric hospital to determine whether he was criminally responsible for the shooting.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said on Wednesday tha...
Islamist Boko Haram group will free some of the girls in exchange for militant prisoners
2014-05-12 22:49:25 UTC
The 17-minute video shows some 100 girls wearing full veils praying at an undisclosed rural location, according to AFP news agency, which obtained the film.
AFP says the leader of the Islamist Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau, alleges in the video that the girls are some of the 223 school pupil...
The governor of Nigeria's Borno state says he has information on the whereabouts of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram
2014-05-12 06:36:56 UTC
Governor Kashim Shettima said he had passed reports of the sightings of the girls to the military for verification.
Mr Shettima added that he did not think the girls had been taken across the border to Chad or Cameroon.
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President of Sudan and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal
2014-05-11 07:06:11 UTC
A ceasefire to end a five-month conflict that has displaced 1.5 million people in South Sudan has come into effect.
President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal on Friday.
Troops would defend themselves if they came under attack, said the president's spokesman, but he a...
# Bring Back Our Girls - Stolen dreams
2014-05-12 02:26:16 UTC
"I speak not for myself but for those without voice, those who have fought for their rights, their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, and their right to be educated."
— Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafza...
South Africa's Jacob Zuma Wins Resounding Victory in Elections
2014-05-09 18:27:07 UTC
JOHANNESBURG—South Africa's African National Congress has won a commanding victory in general elections, partial results showed Friday, putting President Jacob Zuma on the path to another five-year term in office and extending the party's unbroken string of post-apartheid election victories.
Obama: Nigeria and Syria showed humanity's 'darkest impulses'
2014-05-09 01:27:50 UTC
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he hoped "a turning point" had been reached in the fight against Islamist insurgents Boko Haram.
Nigeria has been criticised for its slow response to the kidnappings.
The schoolgirls were seized from their boarding school on the night of 14 April in...