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New Ebola death confirmed in Sierra Leone

<b>A woman who recently died in northern Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola.</b><p>It comes as a setback to the country's effort to eradicate the deadly disease.<p>Sierra Leone was celebrating last week when it discharged its last known Ebola patient from hospital.<p>News of the new case means the country …

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Sierra Leone discharges last Ebola patient

<b>Sierra Leone has released its last known Ebola patient, according to the World Health Organization.</b><p>35-year-old Adama Sankoh was discharged from a treatment centre in the northern Bombali district on Monday morning.<p>The country hasn't reported a new infection for more than two weeks, according the …

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Sierra Leone Ebola village quarantine lifted

<b>A village in Sierra Leone has become one of the last areas in the country to be released from an Ebola quarantine.</b><p>President Ernest Bai Koroma lifted the quarantine in person, sparking wild celebrations from the more than 500 people who had been isolated for the past three weeks.<p>He said it was the …

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Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer'

<b>A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest.</b><p>There were no proven drugs or vaccines against the virus at the start of the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which began in Guinea in December 2013.<p>The …

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Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Jos blasts kill scores

<b>Two bomb attacks on the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead, the authorities say.</b><p>A restaurant and a mosque were targeted on Sunday night.<p>No group has said it carried out the attack, but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before, even though it is not in north-east …

Africa

Ebola crisis: Liberia's new outbreak spreads

<b>Two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia following the death of a teenager from the virus on Sunday, officials say.</b><p>The country had been declared Ebola-free more than seven weeks ago.<p>Both of the new cases were in Nedowein, the same village where the boy died, the ministry of …

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Chibok girls 'forced to join Nigeria's Boko Haram'

<b>Some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria have been forced to join Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the BBC has been told.</b><p>Witnesses say some are now being used to terrorise other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves.<p>The testimony cannot be verified but Amnesty …

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Ebola crisis: Liberia quarantine after death

<b>Liberia's authorities have quarantined the area where a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola.</b><p>This is the first reported case of Ebola in Liberia since it was declared free of the disease seven weeks ago.<p>Deputy health minister Tolbert Nyenswah said tests confirmed that the teenager from Nedowein village, …

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Nigeria violence: 'At least 40 dead' in Boko Haram attack

<b>Boko Haram militants have killed at least 40 people in north-eastern Nigeria, according to witnesses.</b><p>The attacks on Monday and Tuesday took place in the villages of Debiro Hawul and Debiro Bi in Borno state.<p>Residents say the militants drove into the towns and began shooting, looting and burning …

Africa

Ebola outbreak: New cases in Freetown, Sierra Leone

<b>Two new cases of Ebola have been recorded in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, weeks after the city was thought to be free of the disease.</b><p>Health officials say there are fears of further infections as the cases occurred in a densely populated slum.<p>Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Centre said …

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Ebola crisis in Guinea 'has set back malaria fight'

<b>The continuing Ebola epidemic in Guinea has set back the country's fight against malaria, say experts.</b><p>They estimate 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014 because clinics were either closed or patients were too scared to seek help.<p>They warn that malaria deaths since the Ebola outbreak began …

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Boko Haram crisis: US to fund Nigeria-led force

<b>The US says it will give $5m (£3.2m) towards a multi-national task force being set up to fight Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram.</b><p>Boko Haram "was not just a Nigerian problem", US official Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.<p>The group was blamed for suicide bombings which killed more than 20 …

Africa

Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta urges Africa to give up aid

<b>Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged fellow African leaders to stop receiving foreign aid, saying it is not an acceptable basis for prosperity.</b><p>"Dependency on giving that only appears to be charitable must end," he said in a tweet ahead of this weekend's African Union summit in South …

Africa

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria to lead regional force

<b>Five African countries have agreed to set up a joint military force led by Nigeria to fight the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.</b><p>The leaders reached the deal at a summit hosted by Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari, who made tackling it a key campaign pledge.<p>Most of the troops will be from …

Africa

UN peacekeepers 'barter goods for sex'

<b>UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says.</b><p>The document by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) says it has found that hundreds of women in Haiti and Liberia have been motivated by hunger …

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Africa creates TFTA - Cape to Cairo free-trade zone

<b>African leaders have agreed to create the continent's largest free-trade zone, covering 26 countries in an area from Cape Town to Cairo.</b><p>The deal, signed in Egypt, is intended to ease the movement of goods across member countries which represent more than half the continent's GDP.<p>Since the end of …

Economic Development

Tanzanian low-cost water filter wins innovation prize

<b>A water filter which absorbs anything from copper and fluoride to bacteria, viruses and pesticides has won a prestigious African innovation prize.</b><p>Its inventor, Tanzanian chemical engineer Askwar Hilonga, uses nanotechnology and sand to clean water.<p>He told the BBC his invention should help the 70% …

Nanotech

Nigeria's Boko Haram leader fails to appear in video

<b>Militant Islamists in Nigeria have released a new video and, unusually, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau fails to appear in it.</b><p>Instead, an unidentified young man speaks in the name of "The army of the caliphate in West Africa".<p>Mr Shekau's absence from the video has fuelled speculation about his …

Africa

Islamic State militants in Libya 'seize Sirte airport'

<b>Islamic State militants in Libya say they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country.</b><p>The news was announced by the group and by a Libyan militia that withdrew from the coastal city's airport on Thursday.<p>Most of Sirte, former leader Muammar …

Libya

Nigeria violence: Militants kill 29 in Maiduguri

<b>A suicide bomber has killed at least 16 people at a mosque in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, police say. Dozens more were wounded in the attack.</b><p>It follows an overnight assault on the north-eastern city by Boko Haram, in which at least 13 people were killed before troops were able to push back the …

Africa

Nigerian soldiers fired for 'cowardice in Boko Haram war'

<b>Nigeria's army has sacked at least 200 soldiers for cowardice and failure to fight against Boko Haram militants, several soldiers have told the BBC.</b><p>Up to 4,500 other rank and file soldiers could be dismissed, they say.<p>A Nigerian military source confirmed the dismissals to the BBC, but would not …

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'increases' suicide attacks

<b>The UN children's agency says there has been an "alarming" increase in the number of suicide attacks in northern Nigeria, with many of them involving women and children.</b><p>There had been 27 attacks so far this year, compared with 26 for the whole of last year, Unicef said in a statement.<p>Three-quarters …

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Somali MP Yusuf Dirir killed in Mogadishu attack

<b>A Somali member of parliament has been shot dead in Mogadishu in an attack by suspected Islamist militants.</b><p>Security officials said that Yusuf Dirir was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car.<p>Three workers from the Transport Ministry also died in a separate drive-by shooting on Saturday.<p>The …

Extremism

Cleveland arrests after US officer cleared of unarmed deaths

<b>At least a dozen people have been arrested in the US city of Cleveland during protests after an officer was cleared of all charges relating to the killing of an unarmed black couple.</b><p>Police appealed for calm after unrest continued into Saturday night.<p>Michael Brelo was cleared of voluntary …

Justice

Burundi President Nkurunziza plays football amid protests

<b>Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has been photographed playing football as protests continue over his bid to run for a third term in office.</b><p>Mr Nkurunziza was playing in his daily kickabout with friends in the capital, Bujumbura.<p>In the latest unrest, a protester was shot dead in Bujumbura.<p>Last …

Africa

Boko Haram crisis: 'Buhari hope' for Nigerian death-row soldiers

<b>Nigeria's incoming president may review the death sentences of 66 soldiers convicted for refusing to fight Boko Haram, a lawyer has said.</b><p>Femi Falana told the BBC that Muhammadu Buhari had promised to review all operations against the militants.<p>He said that he was now confident the soldiers, who …

Africa

Kenyan mosque in Garissa briefly taken by al-Shabab

<b>Militants from the Islamist group al-Shabab briefly took over a mosque in northern Kenya, local leaders say.</b><p>The jihadists are said to have addressed the congregation for two hours before escaping into a forest.<p>They criticised Kenyan authorities and warned people not to pass intelligence to the …

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Two jihadist leaders killed in Mali, says France

<b>French special forces have killed four jihadists, including two leaders, in a raid in north Mali, the French defence ministry says.</b><p>One of those killed was Amada Ag Hama, suspected of the kidnapping and murder of two French journalists in 2013.<p>He is said to be a commander of in al-Qaeda in the …

Africa

West African leaders shelves third-term ban proposal

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1166000/1166412_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524644456_8e8b1228ccfc62a6b5482e8c5efd2ef8<p><b>A plan to restrict West African presidents to two terms in office has been dropped for the time-being by heads of state.</b><p>They discussed the proposal to …

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Ebola crisis prompts $100m WHO emergency fund

<b>The World Health Organization is to set up a $100m (£63m) emergency contingency fund following the Ebola outbreak, its director-general has announced.</b><p>Speaking in Geneva, Margaret Chan said the WHO had been overwhelmed by the epidemic in West Africa.<p>She said the demands were more than 10 times …

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