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South Africa: 'Pay Back the Money,' MPs Tell Zuma - [The Daily Vox]Between the red uniforms, the hallway scuffles with opposition MPs and the sit-ins at the Gauteng provincial legislature, you can always count on the EFF to bring a bit of excitement to the political stage.
West Africa: Govt Issues Travel Bans Over Ebola Fears - [SAPA]Pretoria -Cabinet has issued an immediate travel ban for non-South Africans from countries affected by the Ebola virus outbreak, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.
South Sudan: Does South Sudan's Peace Process Face Collapse? - [ISS]On 21 August 2014, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) will consider the situation in South Sudan. With no progress achieved since its last session on South Sudan on 12 June 2014, at this session the PSC will be updated on the current situation in the country and the challenges facing the peace process in the run-up to its planned mission to South Sudan at the end of August - the first such mission by the PSC this year.
Liberia: American Doctor Recovers from Ebola - [Samaritan's Purse]Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan's Purse doctor who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Liberia, will be released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta today after completing his recovery from the deadly virus.
West Africa: Ebola - What West Africa Could Learn From Uganda - [African Arguments]The Ebola plague in West Africa is worrying.
Guinea/Sierra Leone: CAF Speaks on Match Bans Over Ebola - [Deutsche Welle]As the Ebola virus continues to ravage West Africa, sport has become the latest casualty. Africa's soccer governing body CAF has banned Guinea and Sierra Leone from hosting any matches until mid-September.
Zambia: Former President Back in Court - [Zambia Reports]Former President Rupiah Banda will be back in court today to know whether his case will be referred to the High Court for determination of constitutional matters.
Uganda: Controversial HIV Bill Signed Into Law - [IPS]Kampala -HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an "AIDS-free generation" now a "backwards" HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the "wilful and intentional" transmission of the disease has been signed into law.
Somalia: Former Warlord Escapes Mogadishu Crackdown - [Dalsan Radio]Former war lord Abdi Nur Siyad who has been earlier targeted by Somali security forces for disarmament security operation in Mogadishu has escaped from the capital and reached Guricel town in central Somalia.
South Sudan: Silenced Radio Station Told to Stop Political Programs - [VOA]The radio station in Juba that was raided by South Sudan security operatives over the weekend has been ordered by the government not to air political programs.
Ethiopia: Nine Journalists and Bloggers Still Held Arbitrarily - [RSF]Three journalists and six bloggers who have been held for the past five months were denied bail by a federal court in Addis Ababa yesterday after the prosecution argued that article 3 of the 2009 anti-terrorism law, under which they are detained, precludes release on bail.
Central African Republic: Violence Continues Despite Presence of International Force - [RFI]The European peacekeeping force EUFOR were involved in clashes with militants in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic on Tuesday. Five people were killed in these skirmishes, including a volunteer from the Red Cross.
South Africa: MPs Disrupt Parliament in Zuma Protest - [SAPA]Parliament -Speaker Baleka Mbete adjourned Parliament for the day shortly after 4pm on Thursday, announcing that President Jacob Zuma would not complete presidential question time because of the protest by EFF MPs.
South Sudan: War Veterans Planting for Peace - [IPS]Juba -Along the fertile banks of sub-Saharan Africa's White Nile, one of the two main tributaries of the Nile River, a war veteran's co-op is planting for a food secure future in South Sudan, a country potentially facing famine.
Somalia: Seven Al Shabaab Members Receive Death Penalty - [Dalsan Radio]The military court convicted 13 more people yesterday. 7 were sentences to death as they were accused of jointly killing a prison inmate who was called Abdiaziz Muhidin Hiraabe.
Africa: The Promise of Africa and the Global Internet - [State Department]A topic repeatedly raised during the historic U.S-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. is the transformational role communications technologies will play in advancing a prosperous and peaceful world.
Africa: Tackling Climate Change as a Single SDG Could Backfire - [SciDev.Net]Tackling climate change as a single SDG could backfire
Africa: Call for 'Ecohealth' Approach to Tackling Climate Change - [SciDev.Net]Montreal -If researchers are to effectively address the profound challenges that climate change will have on human health, they will have to work across disciplines and with local communities, says a declaration from the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association For Ecology & Health held last week (11-15 August).
Mali: Children Still Paying a High Price in Ongoing Conflict - [AI London]Children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue, said Amnesty International in a short briefing published today.
Zambia: Cash Transfer Schemes Cushion Against Climate Shocks - [IPS]Pemba District -"Last season, I lost an entire hectare of groundnuts because of a prolonged drought. Groundnuts are my hope for income," says Josephine Chaaba, 60, from Pemba district in southern Zambia.
Liberia: Double Ebola Doze En Route to Liberia - Trial Drug to Aid 30 - [FrontPageAfrica]FrontPageAfrica has learned that at least 30 Liberians infected with the deadly Ebola virus could benefit from an unknown trial Ebola drug said to be on its way to Liberia from Italy.
Rwanda: Leaders Asked to Cut Red Tape for Investors in Agriculture - [New Times]The government has reiterated its commitment to implement measures designed to spur growth in the agriculture sector by reducing bureaucracy and other barriers deterring potential investors.
East Africa: Security Chiefs Upbeat On Standby Force - [New Times]The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) is on course to be operational by December, security chiefs from the greater eastern African region meeting in Kigali said yesterday.
Nigeria: Five New Suspected Ebola Cases in Lagos - [Premium Times]Five new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease were brought to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, on Tuesday, the Lagos State government has said.
Liberia: Stop Disturbing Me - Public Works Minister Warns Church Mother - [New Dawn]Liberia needs all of the prayers that can be offered to invoke God's intervention in the wake of the Ebola outbreak here, and Mother Oretha Taylor, spiritual head of the Living Prayer Evangelistic Ministry in Lakpazee Community, Sinkor suburb of Monrovia is willing to take up the task like many other religious leaders in the country.
Liberia: Gunshots Fired in West Point As Govt Quarantines Township - [New Dawn]Gunshots were fired in the air as security forces (members of the armed forces and riot police) clashed with angry protesters on Wednesday as government quarantined the densely populated West Point Community as part of efforts to stop the further spread of Ebola.
Liberia: Visit to the Crematorium Center and How Corpses Are Cremated - [New Dawn]It was a fateful Tuesday evening of August 20, 2014 when I chose to embark on a fact-finding mission to ascertaining whether seventeen Ebola patients who fled the densely popular West point quarantined center were traced based on the government's pronouncement. I was in the Township of West Point to observe the center and take some photo, but upon my arrival, I could only see people gathered in different groups discussing with some police officers how to retrieve items looted on Saturday, August 17, 2014 f
Liberia: Curfew Unnecessary - Chief Cyril Allen - [New Dawn]The chairman emeritus of the former ruling National Patriotic Party has uprightly condemned the curfew imposed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday night.
Africa: Focus on Private Sector: UN Should Lend Firms Its Ear - [SciDev.Net]In July the UN launched a prototype of the next Global Sustainable Development Report to identify emerging development issues and how science can help. It recommended that the final version of the report, scheduled for 2016, should use crowdsourcing to gather input from a broader group of social and natural scientists, rather than just UN staff and selected experts. [1]
Gambia: Actions Required to Arrest Illegal Logging - [Daily Observer]The essence of trees towards making this planet a safe and better place fit for human survival has been hinted over and over in this paper and numerous other publications at both local and international level, especially those dealing with environment and conservation, protection and development. The use and importance of trees especially our forest cover cannot be over-emphasised. Despite the series of articles and features published on this phenomenon people continue to indulge in it.
BBC News - Africa

The latest stories from the Africa section of the BBC News web site.

Boko Haram 'control police academy' - Northern Nigeria's riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, sources in Borno state tell the BBC.
South Africa issues Ebola travel ban - South Africa says non-citizens arriving from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa will not be allowed into the country.
S Africa MPs halt president's speech - An address to parliament by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is halted by opposition MPs chanting: "Pay back the money."
Shots fired at Liberia Ebola protest - Police in Liberia fire live rounds and tear gas during protests after a quarantine was imposed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Cast of South African soap sacked - The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.
Interpol building raided five times - The high-security building housing Interpol's South Africa office has been burgled for the fifth time in three weeks, it is reported.
Deadly ethnic clashes in Darfur - At least 63 people have died in clashes between rival Arab groups in Sudan's arid Darfur region, witnesses say.
Fear over Somali radio closure - The manager of a radio station in Somalia tells the BBC he is in hiding after the authorities took it off air, accusing it of spreading hate messages.
Fire destroys NFF building in Abuja - A huge fire rips through the Nigeria Football Federation building in the country's capital Abuja on Wednesday.
Downgrade hits South African banks - Shares in South Africa’s largest banks have fallen after being downgraded by the credit ratings agency Moody’s.
Exiled SA writer's remains go home - The remains of renowned anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa, who died in the US in 1965, are returned to South Africa for reburial.
Nigerian 'mutiny over Boko Haram' - A group of soldiers in Nigeria is refusing to fight Boko Haram militants until they receive better equipment, one of the mutineers tells the BBC.
VIDEO: Death sparks violent CAR clashes - There have been fierce clashes between militia and international peacekeepers in the capital of Central African Republic.
VIDEO: US Ebola aid workers leave hospital - Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Africa has been released from hospital after treatment in the United States.
VIDEO: Kinshasa suburbs named after major cities - Some of Kinshasa's residents have big aspirations for DR Congo - so much so that they have started renaming suburbs with the names of faraway capital cities whose style they admire.
VIDEO: Ebola outbreak affects Kenyan economy - Kenya Airways is to stop flying to Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the nations worst affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
VIDEO: Life on two wheels: Rio and Nairobi - The BBC looks at what it is like to be a cyclist in Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi.
VIDEO: Africa's elephants in net decline - A new study suggests the number of Africa's elephants has declined to a critical point.
VIDEO: Kenya's forgotten WW1 heroes - The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza investigates the role of Kenyan soldiers in World War One
VIDEO: Inside Liberia Ebola treatment centre - Following earlier denials, Liberia has admitted that 17 suspected Ebola patients are "missing" after a health centre in the capital was looted.
Letter from Africa: Kenya's political boxing match - Why Kenya's politicians are trading blows
Letter from Africa: Ebola invasion - Why the deadly Ebola virus feels like an alien invasion
The Senegal tech hub run by women for women - The women blazing a trail in Senegal's IT industry
VIDEO: Can US-Africa summit boost growth? - How tiny Lesotho is benefiting from US trade concessions
Does Nigeria have an image problem? - Are Nigerians too touchy about how they are viewed?
Is Nigeria ready to lead Africa? - Is Nigeria ready to become the continent's leader?
South Sudan in pictures: Threat of famine - Images reveal impact of war, including boy born in Nile marshes
In pictures: Battling Ebola in West Africa - Life and death as West Africa battles Ebola outbreak
In pictures: Yoga in Sierra Leone - Seeking inner peace to overcome Sierra Leone's war
Your pictures: South Africa - Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa
In pictures: Mixing graffiti and calligraphy in Tunisia - The Tunisian who painted the prison which once held his father
In pictures: Uganda's 'Pimp My Ride' garage - Photos of vehicles remodelled to look like crocodiles
In pictures: Excavating past crimes in Somaliland - Images of excavating past crimes in Somaliland graves
Algeria profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
Angola profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this south-west African country which has been a major oil producer
Benin country profile - Provides an overview, facts and figures and history of this West African nation seen as one of the continent's most stable countries
Botswana profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of Botswana, a major diamond producer in Southern Africa
Burkina Faso profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this West African nation
Burundi country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for Burundi, this small country in Africa
Cameroon country profile - Provides an overview of Cameroon, including key events and facts about this former French and British colony in Africa
Cape Verde profile - Key facts, figures and dates
Central African Republic profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this land-locked African country
Chad profile - Provides an overview of Chad, including key events and facts about this African country
Comoros country profile - Provides an overview of the Comoros, including key events and facts about this island nation off the coast of Africa
Republic of Congo profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Democratic Republic of Congo profile - Key facts, figures and dates
Djibouti profile - Provides an overview of Djibouti, including key events and facts.
Egypt profile - Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.
Equatorial Guinea profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea profile - Provides an overview of Eritrea, including key events and facts for this country on the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia profile - Provides an overview of Ethiopia, including key events and facts about this ancient former Christian empire in northeast Africa.
Gabon country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
The Gambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about The Gambia.
Ghana country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
Guinea country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this west African country.
Guinea-Bissau profile - Provides an overview as well as key facts, figures and dates for this west African country
Ivory Coast profile - Provides an overview of Ivory Coast, including key events and facts about this west African country recently plagued by civil war.
Kenya country profile - Provides an overview of Kenya, including key events and facts of this East African country.
Lesotho country profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of his small country completely surrounded by South Africa
Liberia profile - Provides an overview of Liberia, including key events and facts about this West African country
Libya country profile - Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer which was ruled by Colonel Gaddafi for 42 years.
Madagascar country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this island nation which lies off Africa
Malawi country profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Malawi
Mali country profile - Concise information about Mali and its people, including figures for area, population, main languages, religions, exports, and more.
Mauritania country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa
Mauritius country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Mauritius, including key events and facts about this ethnically diverse Indian Ocean island nation
Morocco country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb
Mozambique country profile - Provides an overview of Mozambique, including key events and facts about this former Portuguese colony and its recovery from a long civil war in the 1980s.
Namibia country profile - Provides an overview of Namibia, including key events and facts about this sparsely populated but stable country on Africa's south-west coast.
Niger country profile - Provides an overview of Niger, including key events and facts about this arid state on the southern rim of the Sahara.
Nigeria profile - Provides an overview of Nigeria, including key events and facts about this oil-rich country with multiple ethnic and religious divides.
Rwanda country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Rwanda, including key events and facts about this East African country that is still recovering from the genocide of 1994.
Sao Tome and Principe profile - Provides an overview of Sao Tome and Principe, including key events and facts about this oil-rich island nation - one of Africa's smallest states.
Senegal profile - Provides an overview of Senegal, including key events and facts about this west African country
Seychelles profile - Provides an overview as well as facts and figures on this island state situated off the coast of Africa
Sierra Leone country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this west African country
Somalia profile - Provides an overview of Somalia, including key events and facts about this civil war-wracked country on the Horn of Africa.
South Africa profile - Provides an overview of South Africa, including key events and facts about this diverse country on Africa's southern tip.
South Sudan profile - Provides an overview of South Sudan, including key events and facts about Africa's newest nation
Sudan country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Swaziland profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this small southern African kingdom
Tanzania country profile - Provides an overview of Tanzania, including key facts and events as well as news
Togo profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Togo
Tunisia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia
Uganda profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Uganda.
Zambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zambia.
Zimbabwe profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zimbabwe.
Ceuta, Melilla profile - An overview
Puntland profile - An overview
Reunion profile - Provides an overview, key facts and dates for this Indian Ocean island
Somaliland profile - An overview
St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha profiles - An overview
Western Sahara profile - An overview
Zanzibar profile - Provides an overview and key facts for the semi-autonomous, island territory that lies off Africa
Williamson signs on to coach Kenya - Bobby Williamson is officially appointed Kenya coach after finally signing a contract with the country's football federation.
Rwanda appeal set for six days' time - Rwanda's appeal against disqualification from the Nations Cup will be heard by Caf on 27 August in Egypt.
The economic impact of Ebola - How Ebola crisis has affected West Africa's economies
Life on Ebola front line - A doctor reports from Sierra Leone's Ebola front line
Teenagers pedalling out of poverty - The teenage Rwandans pedalling their way out of poverty
Ebola outbreak: BBC podcast updates - A BBC podcast with health advice about the Ebola outbreak
World War One: Kenya's forgotten heroes - Remembering Africans who fought for Britain in WW1
Brewing a beer revolution in Africa - Starting a beer revolution in Africa
My SMS relationship with al-Shabab - Getting text messages in bed - from al-Shabab