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Africa

Uganda activists launch bid to overturn anti-gay law

30 July 2014, 17:27

Ugandan activists have opened a petition at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.

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34 killed in stampede at Guinea beach concert

30 July 2014, 16:13

At least 34 people, including several children, have been killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry.

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UK holds crisis meeting on Ebola, warns of threat

30 July 2014, 15:18

British officials have held a crisis meeting and warned of a potentially serious threat if the deadly Ebola virus spreads further.

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EU gives extra €2m to fight Ebola crisis

30 July 2014, 14:15

The European Union has allocated an extra €2m to fight the Ebola outbreak spiralling out of control in West Africa, bringing total EU funding to €3.9m.

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3 dead in Egypt as planned bomb attack fails

30 July 2014, 13:08

Three people have been killed when two bombs they were carrying in a pick-up truck went off prematurely, Egyptian government and security forces say.

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Canadian doctor in quarantine after Ebola exposure

30 July 2014, 13:08

A Canadian doctor has put himself in quarantine as a precaution after spending weeks in West Africa treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus.

British Airways to be sued over pilot sex abuse

30 July 2014, 12:01

Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a BA pilot in African orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them says.

20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

30 July 2014, 11:03

More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy says.

Libya ex-deputy PM kidnapped in Tripoli

30 July 2014, 09:46

An armed group has abducted a former Libyan deputy prime minister and newly-elected MP, Mustapha Abu Shagur, in the capital of Tripoli, his nephew says.

At least 24 die in Guinea concert stampede

30 July 2014, 08:30

A stampede during a rap concert on a Conakry beach has left at least 24 people dead, Guinean hospital officials say.

Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

30 July 2014, 07:48

Madagascar has become the newest member of Global Surf Association and has formed part of a recent drive to promote the sport in Africa.

Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia

30 July 2014, 07:32

Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.

West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola

29 July 2014, 18:41

West African airline Asky has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid Ebola outbreak.

Maltese worker kidnapped in Libya freed

29 July 2014, 14:38

A Maltese worker who was abducted by Libyan rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli has been freed and arrived home safely in Valletta, authorities say.

Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

29 July 2014, 13:38

President Barack Obama has spoken out against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women.

Egypt military kills 7 militants in volatile Sinai

29 July 2014, 12:40

An Egyptian military spokesperson says troops have killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

Ethnic hate speech reveals roots of Kenya violence

29 July 2014, 11:33

Kenya takes pride in being a union of "42 tribes", but a string of attacks in towns on its volatile Indian Ocean coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics.

Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicentre

29 July 2014, 10:46

Sierra Leone's president has visited the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

CAR ceasefire 'broken'

29 July 2014, 08:33

The ceasefire in the Central African Republic has been 'broken' after a clash.

US Ebola doctor in grave condition, Obama briefed

29 July 2014, 07:52

A US missionary doctor's condition has deteriorated after he contracted Ebola whilst treating patients in Liberia, as US president Barack Obama is briefed on the situation.

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

29 July 2014, 07:40

A US man infected with the Ebola virus who boarded a plane en route to the Minnesota has revealed weaknesses in stopping deadly disease's spread.

Alarming malnutrition in Somali capital

28 July 2014, 20:05

The United Nations has reported alarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aid agencies cannot meet the needs of 350 000 people.

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance

28 July 2014, 17:59

A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, a health official said.

Egypt's Morsi salutes Palestinian 'resistance'

28 July 2014, 15:56

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has praised the Palestinian "resistance" over the 21-day conflict with Israel in Gaza that has killed more than 1 030 people.

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