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Liberia: Senate Elections Held Despite Ebola Threat - [Deutsche Welle]Voters who turned out for senate elections in Liberia were met with health workers at the door of polling stations to check for Ebola. The elections had been delayed twice due to the outbreak.
Zambia: Ruling Party Agrees on Presidential Candidate - [Times of Zambia]PATRIOTIC Front (PF) presidential candidate Edgar Lungu yesterday successfully filed his nomination papers to contest the 2015 presidential elections, bringing an end to the differences that had characterised the ruling party in the last two months.
Nigeria: 'Large Number' of Boko Haram Militants Killed - [Premium Times]A large number of terrorists were on Friday killed by troops of the Nigerian military in Borno State, the defence headquarters has said in a statement.
South Sudan: Warring Parties Make Progress On Power-Sharing Deal - [Sudan Tribune]Addis Ababa -The two warring parties in South Sudan have made some progress in negotiations, which resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital under the mediation of the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Kenya: Gunmen Attack Bus - [The Star]A Lamu bound bus was Saturday evening waylaid and shot at by suspected Al shabaab militia at Lango La Simba area in Nyongoro/Witu division in Lamu.
South Sudan: UN Accuses Rebels of Rights Abuses - [Sudan Tribune]Juba -South Sudanese opposition forces killed at least 11 civilians and rape others in what amounted to war crimes, the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a new report.
Africa: 'Much Remains to Be Done' on Ebola - UN Chief - [UN News]Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that joint national, regional and global efforts have "significantly" slowed the spread of the deadly virus, giving hope to thousands of people and providing space for communities to look ahead to socio-economic recovery.
West Africa: UN Chief Backs Liberia Over Ebola - [Observer]The United Nations Secretary General says the world body is committed to standing with Liberia in the face of the threat against the Ebola virus disease. "We will be with you until this outbreak is under control and the country has recovered," he said.
Central African Republic: Warring Parties Urged to Down Arms - [UN News]The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent resurgence of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and reiterated its appeal to all parties to the conflict to "immediately and permanently" lay down their arms, release all children from their ranks, and embark upon the path of dialogue as the only viable means towards achieving lasting peace.
Zimbabwe: Govt Fails to Pay Teachers' Bonuses - [New Zimbabwe]THE cash-strapped government has failed to pay teachers and other members of the civil service their bonuses this year due to poor inflows into the national treasury.
Tunisia: Security Beefed Up to Secure Smooth Run-Off - [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis, -Spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior Mohamed Ali Laroui, on Saturday evening, called on Tunisians to go massively to the polls, stressing that security and military forces are fully ready to secure the presidential run-off and provide necessary protection to voters.
Zambia: V-P Scott - We've Buried the Hatchet - [Zambia Reports]Acting President Guy Scott says the reconciliation that has taken place in the ruling PF means that all differences that existed earlier in the party are now buried.
Zambia: Opposition Candidate Files Nomination Papers - [Times of Zambia]MMD leader Nevers Mumba yesterday beat a last-minute attempt by some members of his party to block him from filing his nomination paper for next month's presidential elections.
Kenya: Uhuru Signs Controversial Security Act - [The Star]PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday signed into law a divisive security Bill introducing sweeping powers to fight terrorism.
Kenya: Top Athlete Fails Doping Test - [Capital FM]Nairobi -Two-time Boston and double Chicago marathon champion Rita Jeptoo has failed the B sample analysis for banned substance EPO.
Malawi: Govt, China in Mega Solar Power Deal - [Malawi24]The Governments of Malawi and the Peoples Republic of China on Friday signed an agreement for the provision of mobile solar power systems worth about K5 billion (US$10 million) to be used in the health sector in the country.
Sudan: Rebels Repel Attack by Govt Soldiers - [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -Sudanese government troops launched a fresh attack on rebel positions in South Kordofan state on Friday, but were subsequently driven back, a military statement said.
Zambia: Army Forced Party Unity, Says Report - [Zambia Reports]The Post Newspapers has finally confirmed a report published by Zambia Reports on November 24 quoting sources in the Zambia Army that Acting President Guy Scott had been given an ultimatum to sanitize the ruling party or cede power.
West Africa: UN Chief Says West Africa Mission to Be Short-Term - [Deutsche Welle]UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said the mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the virus is under control in West Africa. He also called for an end to discrimination against people working with Ebola.
Zambia: Lungu, Scott Reconcile - [Times of Zambia]ACTING President Guy Scott has reconciled with Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu.
Liberia: Voter Irregularities, Ebola Suspect At Polling Center in Jacob Town - [Observer]The Calvary Temple polling center in District #2, Jacob Town, Paynesville, has so far had an eventful day of two incidents where persons were barred from voting, due to irregularities with their voter registration cards, according to polling officers.
Sudan: South Sudan Confronts Sudan Over Rebels - [Sudan Tribune]Juba/Khartoum -South Sudan on Thursday summoned the Sudanese envoy to the country over what it described as hostile statements from senior officials in the Khartoum regime.
Liberia: Liberians Vote in Senate Polls Amid Ebola Fears - [Deutsche Welle]Thousands of Liberians have cast their ballots in the twice-postponed Senate election on Saturday. The concern over the spread of Ebola forced the authorities to delay the vote for two months.
South Sudan: IDPs Accuse Police, Military of Looting Outside UN Compound - [Sudan Tribune]Kampala -Internally displaced South Sudanese sheltering at the UN house in Jebel have accused authorities in the area of looting civilian properties outside the camp.
South Sudan: Tension High Among W. Bahr El Ghazal Communities - [Sudan Tribune]Wau -A revenge attack in South Sudan's Western Bahr el Ghazal state has sparked tension between communities in its Jur River county.
Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Put Me in Jail, Dabengwa - [New Zimbabwe]ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa has claimed that newly appointed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa orchestrated his four-year detention in the 1980s despite the fact he had been cleared of alleged treason by the courts.
Sudan: Dialogue Body to Ask Pardon for Political Prisoners - [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -Sudan's national dialogue committee expected to issue a plea to president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to pardon the political detainees and also demand him set a firm date to begin the dialogue.
Zambia: Govt to Build More Strategic Oil Reserve Facilities - [Times of Zambia]MINES, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma says the Government will start the construction of strategic oil reserves in Eastern, Northern and Southern provinces by mid next year.
Liberia: Liberia's Special Senatorial Election Off to a Slow Start - [Observer]The nation's Special Senatorial election started late Saturday morning at some polling stations in the Paynesville commercial district with some unwanted challenges coming from voters' names not on the official rooster issued by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Zambia: HH Graces Kitwe Canvassing Support - [Zambia Reports]United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema this afternoon graced Kitwe and will be happy with level of support in what has predominately been a ruling party stronghold.
BBC News - Africa

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

Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola - Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates.
Kenya leader signs tough security law - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.
Nigeria court backs prisoners' vote - A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.
Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas - Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.
Nigeria in new bid to defend naira - Nigeria's central bank brings in further measures to support its currency, the naira, which fell to record lows this week.
Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor - One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
US probes $2m Uganda 'currency scam' - US authorities have arrested an American in Uganda for allegedly leading a large international counterfeiting ring.
Nigeria 'outraged' by mass kidnap - Nigeria's government said it is "outraged and deeply saddened" after militants attacked a remote village and reportedly kidnapped about 200 people.
New CAR fighting leaves 28 dead - At least 28 people are killed in clashes between Muslim and Christian fighters in the Central African Republic.
Tests claim Ebosse died from beating - A new autopsy says Cameroon footballer Albert Ebosse died in Algeria as a result of a beating rather than being hit by a projectile thrown by fans.
Wilders faces charges of incitement - Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say.
Dozens of Egyptian Islamists jailed - Dozens of Egyptian Islamists accused of torching churches and police stations after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi are jailed for up to 15 years.
Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers - A Nigerian court martial in the capital Abuja sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
VIDEO: Fixing bones with a household drill - A Canadian team has come up with an ingenious solution for using an ordinary power drill safely in surgery - wrapping it in a sterile bag
VIDEO: Botswana's complex ecotourism trade - While much of the profits made from wildlife tourism in Botswana go to foreign-owned tourist operators, the biggest concern for some locals is poachers.
VIDEO: Egyptian artist's junk revolution - Egyptian artist Rami el-Fass sculpts exclusively from discarded junk, which he then returns to the street in its recycled form.
VIDEO: Brawl over Kenya security bill - Kenyan lawmakers traded blows and the deputy speaker had water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approved changes to a tough new security bill.
VIDEO: CAR: Child soldier numbers 'double' - International relief organisations say thousands of children have been recruited as child soldiers in the Central African Republic.
VIDEO: Historic portraits with a modern twist - Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop tells Focus on Africa why he reinvented some historic paintings with a playful touch of his very own.
VIDEO: Contemporary art on show in DR Congo - The Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting its first ever contemporary arts biennial where local talent Freddy Tsimba will display his work.
VIDEO: Miss World on her African heritage - Rolene Strauss, Miss World 2014, tells Focus on Africa's Peter Okwoche how she feels her African heritage helped her clinch the crown.
Why Ghanaians love uniforms - Why do Ghanaians love to dress up in uniforms?
Letter from Africa: Finger-pointing over Boko Haram - The blame game in Nigeria over the Boko Haram insurgency
VIDEO: Illegal smuggling rife in Timbuktu - Smuggling rife in northern Mali
Cape Town embracing mobile payments - How mobile payment apps are taking off in South Africa
Unwrapping Africa's red tape - Self-made tycoon on how to do business in Africa
Tips from Zambian insuring the future - From a top Zambian investor who started out selling CDs
Ebola drains weak health systems - Ebola pushes West Africa's weak health systems over the edge
Does Nigeria have an image problem? - Are Nigerians too touchy about how they are viewed?
In pictures: Zanzibar's clove harvest - Harvesting the cloves that spice up Christmas
In pictures: Cape Verde volcano - Images of volcano destroying island life
In pictures: Africa's 'male feminist' - Why are some men afraid of well-educated women?
Almaz's story - Abused and unpaid - story of an Ethiopian servant in Saudi Arabia
In pictures: The lure of gold - Photos of men and women who risk all to get rich
In pictures: Mali’s motorbiking eye surgeons - Motorbiking eye surgeons battle preventable blindness in Mali
In pictures: Ethiopia’s thriving art market - Is Ethiopia's thriving art scene killing creativity?
In pictures: Darfur refugees then and now - Residents of camps in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region photographed in 2007 explain how their lives have changed seven years on.
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 - Overview - 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
Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace - Goals from David Silva and Ivorian Yaya Toure move Manchester City level with leaders Chelsea after victory over Crystal Palace.
Accam signs for Chicago Fire - Ghanaian striker David Accam signs for MLS side Chicago Fire on a long-term contract, subject to international clearance.
Africa in pictures: 12-18 December - Motorbiking Santas, Maasai medals and Lipala dance
Teaching winter to new US refugees - How Somali refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice
Africans in India: From slaves to reformers and rulers - Exhibition showcases role of Africans in India
Sharing Nigeria's cake - Why Nigerians clamour for riches when a relative is elected
The boats of guns for hire against pirates - The risks and rewards of storing guns at sea
Made in Ghana, bass-ed in London - Remixing Ghanaian rhythms for UK dance floors