Liberia Will Be Ebola-Free by Christmas, Says President
Liberia's president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious.
European Leaders Sign Historic SCLC Proclamation on World Poverty and Equality
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev agrees to serve as the international chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Nonviolence Conflict Initiative, calling for resolving conflict through peaceful solutions, a strategy driven during the turbulent Civil Rights era by the organization's founder and world renowned leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Video recorded by Jerry Thomas.
Nigerian Village Buries 45 After Boko Haram 'Slaughter'
At least 45 people were killed in a Boko Haram reprisal attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria, the epicenter of the Islamists' five-year insurgency. The attack on Azaya Kura village occurred on a busy market day, Shettima Lawan, chairman of Mafa district council said by telephone.
In their second anti-terrorist operation in the last few days Kenyan police and troops have swooped on several mosques in Mombasa. Three mosques were raided, during which weapons, explosives and other items were discovered. One hundred and nine arrests were made of what the authorities are calling "terrorist cells" possibly linked with Somalia's al-Shabaab militant Islamists.
Kenyan Police Arrest 109 at Mosques, Seize Explosives
Kenyan police found explosives at three mosques in Mombasa on Wednesday and arrested 109 people on suspicion they were undergoing militant training, in the latest in a series of raids in the port city.
Burkina Faso Names Army Colonel Zida as Prime Minister
According to a decree read out on Wednesday by Alain Thierry Ouattara, deputy secretary general of the transitional government, Burkina Faso named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister. Zida briefly served as interim leader of the West African country following the departure of long-term President Blaise Compaore in late October amid mass protests.
Nearly 1 million children under age 5 in South Sudan will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014, and without immediate intervention, it is estimated that 50,000 children could die from malnutrition by the end of the year.
Zimbabwe's VP Hits Back at Criticism By State-Owned Media
Zimbabwe's vice president Joice Mujuru hit back at charges of plotting to challenge President Robert Mugabe and said calls for her to resign were unconstitutional, her first public response to weeks of attacks by state-owned media.
Medical officials said Monday, Dr. Martin Salia, an Ebola patient being treated in Nebraska, has died. Salia was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and was airlifted to Nebraska on Saturday. He was the 10th Ebola patient to be treated on U.S. soil and the third treated at Nebraska Medical Center.
Zimbabwe Ruling Party Suspends Officials Seen as Mugabe Critics
Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party suspended several senior officials aligned to Vice-President Joice Mujuru on Friday, weakening her position in an fierce battle to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe. The 90-year-old, who has ruled the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980, has been nominated by all the party's 10 provinces to retain his post as party president at a congress due in the first week of December.
A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment. Dr. Martin Salia is being taken to Omaha to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo, told The Associated Press on Friday.
South African Lawmakers Berate Speaker Over Zuma Home Upgrade
South African lawmakers chanted "you must go" at National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday as they aired corruption allegations over a state-funded security upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's home. Opposition politicians accused Mbete, a member of the ruling African National Congress of bias after she postponed a debate on the 23 million dollar state-funded upgrade.
First Ebola Treatment Trials to Start in West Africa
Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday it would begin unprecedented trials within a month on Ebola drugs and blood from survivors using patients in west Africa. The trials in Guinea are aimed at rushing out an emergency therapy to battle an epidemic which has taken more than 5,000 lives since December.
Somali Lawmakers Debate Whether to Sack PM, Washington Fears More Turmoil
Somali lawmakers said they would begin a debate on Tuesday on a motion to sack Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, a move Washington warned could deepen political turmoil. Western donors who have promised to help rebuild Somalia's battered institutions worry that the removal of a second prime minister in less than a year will weaken the government and leave it rudderless in its fight against Islamist rebels.