Disgraced Former South Africa Police Chief Selebi Dies
Former South African police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who was released on medical parole while serving a jail term after he was convicted for corruption has died, a local television station reported on Friday. 64-year-old Selebi was one of the most senior members of the ruling African National Congress party to be convicted for corruption.
Kenya: Misuse of Antibiotics Leading to Immune System Resistance
In Kenya, the rise of drug resistant bacteria could reverse the gains made by medical science over diseases that were once treatable. Kenyans could be at risk of fatalities as a result if the power in antibiotics is not preserved. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Nairobi.
Researches reported Tuesday that the Ebola virus strain that's killed more than 8,600 people in West Africa is mutating in a way that could make experimental drugs less likely to help. The researches added that they had found 10 new mutations that might interfere with how three of the most advanced drugs work against Ebola.
As Nigeria approaches its most divisive and closely fought election since the end of military rule in 1999, its leaders are having to reassure voters that Africa's most populous nation will remain in one piece. The February 14 vote pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari is already proving violent, with the electorate in Africa's biggest economy more polarized than for decades.
Nigerians Face Killings, Hunger in Boko Haram's 'State'
Boko Haram says it is building an Islamic state that will revive the glory days of northern Nigeria's medieval Muslim empires, but for those in its territory life is a litany of killings, kidnappings, hunger and economic collapse. According to the Council on Foreign Relations.
West African Leaders Considering Regional Force to Fight Boko Haram
Ghana's President John Mahama said on Friday, West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next week to discuss the issue. Mahama, who chairs regional body ECOWAS, told a news conference, "We cannot fight terrorism alone.
Man Who Saved Lives in Jewish Deli Attack Gets French Nationality
A Malian Muslim who hid shoppers from an Islamist gunman during an attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris will be given French nationality, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. After the gunman had already killed people during a hostage taking in the store on Friday, 24-year old shop attendant Lassana Bathily hid several people in the store's freezer, turned off the light and told them to stay calm.
Following an outcry from its Muslim readers, a Kenyan newspaper has apologised for publishing Charlie Hebdo's cover, depicting Prophet Muhammad. The Star said it "sincerely regretted" any offence caused by the "small reproduction" of the cover. Meanwhile, a second Kenyan newspaper has published the satirical magazine's cover with an article which said it embodied press freedom.
French Comedian Dieudonne Detained by French Police
Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been detained by police. The controversial French comedian posted a comment on his Facebook page which appeared to back Amedy Coulibaly who gunned down four hostages in the Paris siege at a kosher supermarket last week. "I am finally going home.
Haiti Enters Uncertain Political Phase as Parliament Dissolved
The Haitian parliament was dissolved on Tuesday after the failure of last-ditch negotiations for a deal to extend the terms of its members to avert a political crisis in the Caribbean country. Haiti has not held legislative or municipal elections for three years, and the lack of a working parliament effectively leaves President Michel Martelly to rule by decree.
Boko Haram Militants Using Child Bombers in Nigeria Attacks
Islamic militant group Boko Haram is on a violent rampage across Nigeria with the goal of creating an Islamic state in Africa. Two separate attacks over the weekend left more than 20 dead, and both used child suicide bombers.
Report Tallies Cost of Prolonged War in South Sudan
South Sudan's conflict could cost regional nations Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania a combined $53 billion if it lasts another five years as they deal with refugees, security needs and other spillover effects.
Mozambique is observing three days of mourning after at least 69 people died at the weekend after drinking home-brewed beer. Authorities in the country have been sending messages of solidarity to the relatives of victims
CDC Director 'Confident' We Can Get to Zero Ebola Cases
The director of the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention said on Tuesday he was "confident" that the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa can be brought under control but that "we are by no means out of the woods."
Haiti 5 years later: What have we learned? Monday marked the five-year-anniversary of the earthquake hit Haiti. An estimated 230,000 people died. More than one million were displaced. Rev. Sharpton talks about how billions of dollars in aid have helped the rebuilding process.