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Africa

Niger president buys $40m jet

01 September 2014, 22:04

The government of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, has provoked anger with the purchase of a $40 million presidential jet.

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West African states call end to border closures over Ebola

28 August 2014, 18:40

West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States said.

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AfDB President wants solutions beyond Ebola virus

27 August 2014, 18:33

The African Development Bank President has called for the eradication of the root causes of Ebola as well as threatening local health systems as the epidemic continued impacting negatively on economic development.

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UN warns of food crisis in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

26 August 2014, 21:53

The United Nations warned of a looming food crisis in eastern Sierra Leone, under lockdown since the Ebola-hit west African nation announced a state of emergency.

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MSF can only offer limited help in Congo Ebola outbreak

26 August 2014, 19:02

Medicins Sans Frontieres, the leading organisation in fighting Ebola, said it could provide only limited support to tackle a new outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

26 August 2014, 20:01

Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak.

UN envoy says flight bans hindering 'war' on Ebola

25 August 2014, 19:16

The UN's new pointman on Ebola said the fight against the epidemic was a "war" which could take another six months, and warned that airlines boycotting the region were hampering the response.

WHO says sending supplies for Ebola outbreak in Congo

25 August 2014, 18:19

The World Health Organisation said it has sent protective equipment for medical staff to Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cholera outbreak in Ghana killed at least 67 since June

25 August 2014, 10:04

Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others.

Sierra Leone "hero" doctor's death exposes slow Ebola response

25 August 2014, 09:12

When two American aid workers recovered from Ebola, the grieving family of Sierra Leone's most famous doctor wondered why he had been denied the same treatment.

DR Congo confirms first Ebola cases

25 August 2014, 08:07

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa.

UK national contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

24 August 2014, 09:40

A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease that has spread across the West African region since March.

UN vows central role in fighting Ebola epidemic

24 August 2014, 09:40

The United Nations has vowed to play a "strong role" in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.

Sierra Leone makes harbouring Ebola victims a crime

23 August 2014, 18:50

Sierra Leone's parliament has made the harbouring of Ebola victims a crime drawing a two-year prison sentence in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Ivory Coast closes borders with Ebola-hit neighbours

23 August 2014, 18:50

The Ivory Coast has closed its borders with Ebola-hit Guinea and Liberia in a bid to protect citizens against Ebola.

Philippines recalls peacekeepers from Liberia over Ebola

23 August 2014, 18:50

The Philippines on Saturday ordered 115 troops to return home from peace-keeping operations in Liberia, spurred by the worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

WHO warns of "shadow zones" and unreported Ebola cases

23 August 2014, 09:49

Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of "shadow zones" where medics cannot go mean the Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said.

Senegal blocks Liberia aid flight

22 August 2014, 22:55

Regional humanitarian hub Senegal has blocked a regional UN aid plane from landing and was banning all further flights to and from countries affected by Ebola.

Two year jail terms for hiding Ebola victims in S.Leone

22 August 2014, 21:30

Sierra Leone, battling a deadly outbreak of Ebola, passed a law that will see anyone harbouring a victim of the disease facing a two-year jail term.

WHO warns of "shadow zones" in Ebola outbreak

22 August 2014, 20:02

The scale of the world's worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of "shadow zones", the World Health Organization said.

Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

22 August 2014, 18:33

Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said, as other affected west African nations scrambled to contain the spread of the killer virus.

Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola

22 August 2014, 12:59

A Kenyan businessman has reportedly made claims that the United States government owns the Ebola virus that has continued to rock the West African countries.

Nigerian who died in UAE tests negative for Ebola

22 August 2014, 11:28

A Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital this week has tested negative for Ebola, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said.

Lack of leadership hurts Ebola fight in West Africa - MSF

22 August 2014, 09:07

Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, MSF says.

UN's top Ebola official wants preparations for 'flareup'

22 August 2014, 07:57

The United Nations' new pointman on Ebola said he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic in West Africa.

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