NBC, October 30
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament on Thursday and set fire to the building, witnesses told Reuters. The crowd then headed towards the prime minister’s office as a government helicopter flew overhead, shooting tear gas canisters at protesters, a Reuters witness said.
Lawmakers had been due to [...]
BBC, October 24
The Mali government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country.
It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. She recently returned from neighbouring Guinea.
More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola – mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – since March.
Meanwhile, an [...]
Reuters, October 20
Abuja – The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free on Monday after a 42 day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.
“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in [...]
Sierra Leone shuts down as number of West Africans believed to have died from the virus tops 2,600
Al Jazeera, September 18
In a sign that West Africa’s Ebola crisis is worsening, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that more than 700 new cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in the last [...]
Al Jazeera, By Wilson Dizard, September 18
Nigeria’s security authorities regularly engage in acts of torture to extract criminal confessions from innocent civilians and further the government’s campaign against the armed group Boko Haram, rights group Amnesty International said in a report published on Thursday.
The report, “Welcome to Hell Fire: Torture and Other Ill [...]
Foreign Policy, By Siddhartha Mahanta, August 21
Amid renewed fighting in Gaza, a militant land grab in Iraq, a pseudo-war between Russia and Ukraine, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Libya is coming apart at the seams too. Not that many seem to notice.
The militias who deposed Muammar al-Qaddafi [...]
Reuters, By Saliou Samb, August 1
Conakry, Guinea – West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.
The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins [...]
Bloomberg, By Michael Olukayode, July 21
More than 15,000 people have fled their homes in northeastern Nigeria since an attack last week by suspected Islamist militants that left at least 21 people dead, said an emergency official.
Residents are fleeing from Damboa and areas surrounding the town in fear for their lives, spokesman for the [...]
Medecins Sans Frontieres, June 23, 2014
New York / Brussels — Bringing the spreading Ebola epidemic under control in West Africa will require a massive deployment of resources by regional governments and aid agencies, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, warning that it has reached the limit of [...]
BBC, May 31
Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official has said.
Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.
Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the [...]
AP, April 19
Lagos, Nigeria — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.
“We are in your city, but you don’t know where we are,” Abubakar Shekau, leader of the [...]
AP, March 30
Bangui – Officials say Chadian soldiers killed more than 30 civilians in Central African Republic’s strife-torn capital city.
Jean-Pierre Sadou, a gendarmerie official with the regional peacekeeping force, could not confirm the death toll from Saturday’s violence but said the Chadian soldiers’ actions were a “legitimate defense” after their convoy was attacked [...]
A different perspective on matters from the 1880’s that have influenced recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
Highly contagious virus kills 59 people in Guinea, with fears the disease may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone.
Al Jazeera, March 23
Ebola has killed at least 59 people in Guinea and there are fears the virus may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, world health officials have said.
Cases of the disease, which [...]
AP/The Guardian, February 24
Entebbe – Uganda’s president has signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying the bill is necessary because “arrogant and careless western groups” had tried to “recruit” Ugandan children into homosexuality.
President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official residence in an event witnessed by [...]