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Drugs, vaccines and blood products are being tried against the disease

Ebola drug trial starts in Liberia

A trial of a potential drug to treat Ebola has started at a Medecins Sans Frontieres centre in Liberia.

Kenya: Residents disarm and kill suspect in robbery attempt

Residents in the Fuata Nyayo slums in Nairobi on Tuesday night disarmed a suspect and killed him as he attempted to rob a businessman.

Yahya Jammeh has led The Gambia for two decades and told the BBC he would rule for "a billion years"

Two charged over Gambia ‘coup plot’

Two men have been charged in the US with attempting to overthrow The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, the justice department has said.

Fidel Castro Odinga

Raila Odinga's son found dead in bed after night partying

A grieving ODM leader Raila Odinga on Sunday mourned his eldest and most politically active son, Fidel, who was found dead in his bed after a night out with friends.

Boko Haram 'seizes Nigerian army base'

Officials in Nigeria say the Islamist group Boko Haram has seized a town and a military base used by a multinational force set up to fight the insurgents.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

US denies any role in Gambia coup attempt


A burial team wearing protective clothing

World Health Organization reports 7,905 Ebola deaths

The World Health Organization says the number of reported Ebola deaths in West Africa has risen to 7,905.

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Scores injured in suicide bombing outside church in Nigeria

Several people were injured on Thursday outside an evangelical church in Gombe, the Gombe State capital, when a suicide bomber set off his explosive vest amid the country’s ongoing battle against an Islamist insurgency.

President Ernest Bai Karoma

Sierra Leone's president calls for week of fasting, prayer over Ebola

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma asked the country to begin a week of fasting and prayers on Thursday to end the Ebola virus that has killed more than 2 700 of his countrymen.

The worst outbreak on record of the virus is still spreading in West Africa, especially in Sierra Leone, and the number of known cases globally has exceeded 20 000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

In a New Year's Day broadcast, Koroma said the seven days of prayers and fasting would begin immediately.

“I ask all to commit our actions to the grace, mercy and protection of God Almighty," he said.

The death toll from the outbreak, which has been mostly confined to West Africa, has risen to 7 905, the WHO said, following 317 fatalities recorded since it last issued figures on the 24th of December.

Sierra Leone is the worst-hit country in West Africa with more than 9 000 Ebola cases and the number of infections continue to grow.

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Ebola outbreak: Liberia opens new cemetery

Liberia has opened a new national cemetery to provide safe burial sites for victims of the Ebola outbreak.

• Cameroun has been strengthening its troop presence along the border with Nigeria

Cameroun air strikes on Nigerian militants

Cameroun has carried out its first air strikes against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, after it overran a military base and attacked five villages, officials have said.

The president of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi. Tunisian authorities have arrested a blogger who has been critical of the party of newly elected president Beji Caid Essebsi, as he returned home from France, his lawyer said Thursday. AFP PHOTO

Tunisia arrests blogger for 'defaming' army officers

Tunisian authorities have arrested a blogger who has been critical of the party of newly elected president Beji Caid Essebsi, as he returned home from France, his lawyer said Thursday.

Soyinka and Obasanjo

You've made a career of lying, Soyinka replies Obasanjo

NOBEL laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday, gave a rebuttal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest book, My Watch describing it as a narrative by a career liar always determined to crookedly project himself above his true standing among men.

Mr Marzouki said his rival's claims of victory in the presidential poll were premature

Tunisia candidate refuses to concede

Moncef Marzouki has refused to admit defeat in Tunisia's first free presidential election after exit polls suggested Beji Caid Essebsi had won.

Failed Boko Haram attack: 110 insurgents killed in Borno

No fewer than 110 Boko Haram insurgents were, at the weekend, killed in a gun battle in Damboa, the headquarters of Damboa local government area of Borno State in an attack repelled by men of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army.

Some people protesting about the bill were arrested by police

Kenyan MPs brawl over security bill

Kenyan lawmakers traded blows and the deputy speaker had water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approved changes to a tough new security bill.

Boko Haram has taken control of several towns and villages in the north-east

Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap 200 villagers'

Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor has told the BBC.

The soldiers appeared before a court martial in Abuja

Nigerian soldiers given death penalty for mutiny

A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.

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