At Least 39 Dead in Monday Insurgent Attack in North Nigeria
A hospital morgue source said on Tuesday, a suspected Boko Haram insurgent attack on a state capital in northeast Nigeria on Monday killed at least 39 people, giving the first reported death toll from the violence. The source said 33 of the dead were policemen and six were soldiers, while 20 militants also died in their raid on Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state.
HIV May Become Less Virulent Over Time, Study Says
According to a new study from scientists in the UK, HIV is being "watered down" as it adapts to our immune systems, becoming less infectious. According to the BBC, the Oxford University team behind the report said HIV's ability to cause AIDS is diminishing over time, with some virologists suggesting that, as the virus evolves, it may become almost harmless.
American Couple Accused of Killing Daughter Freed But Still Held in Qatar
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is "deeply concerned" about the case of a California couple who have been blocked from leaving the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar. For nearly two years Michael and Grace Huang have tried to persuade the Qatari court system that they did not kill their daughter.
What Nigerians Think About Boko Haram, America Wanting to Help
It's been seven months since Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, and the subsequent #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign was born.
In the Root TV segment above, The Root's Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele speaks with Chika Oduah—an independent journalist working in Nigeria—about what this entire experience has been like for Nigerians, especially their being at the forefront of the philanthropic cause that was “en vogue” for the better part...
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.