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West Africa: What Should We Learn From Ebola Outbreak? - [African Arguments]The recent outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa has captured international public attention that seems disproportionate to the scale of the outbreak itself. This is not surprising. Ebola is a communicable disease - that is to say, it is transmissible between humans. In this regard, Ebola is unlike, for example, obesity, which affects c10-30% of adults in Europe and which the WHO has identified as one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. The Ebola virus also has a long incubation
South Africa: Pistorius Prosecutor Questions Expert's Evidence - [SAPA]Pretoria -Evidence given by defence expert witness Roger Dixon came under scrutiny in the High Court in Pretoria during Oscar Pistorius's trial on Wednesday.
Nigeria: Abuja Explosion - Survivors Narrate Experience - [Premium Times]When Oyebuchi Chigozie arrived the Nyanya motor park at about 6.00 a.m. on Monday, he thought his daily routine would continue. He would board a bus from the park to Garki, Area 11 to resume sales at his electronics shop.
South Africa: President's Scandal Dogs Ruling Party Before Polls - [VOA]In just a few weeks, South Africans head to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections. Since Nelson Mandela won the presidency in 1994 as South Africa's first democratically-elected black leader, his African National Congress, or ANC, has won every election in a landslide. But an ongoing corruption scandal involving its leader, President Jacob Zuma, has analysts wondering if the iconic ANC can keep its grip on power.
Libya: Jordanian Ambassador Abducted - [VOA]Gunmen have kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Cote d'Ivoire: 'We Can Astonish the World' - PM - [VOA]United Nations -Ivory Coast's prime minister says his country is on track to reach double digit economic growth this year and become an emerging market by 2020.
Ghana: Ghana Wants Locals to Benefit From Oil Production - [VOA]Accra -A new law in Ghana requires oil and gas companies to make greater use of local products and services.
Guinea Bissau: Out With the Old, in With the New? - [ThinkAfricaPress]For the first time in two decades, the divisive figure Kumba Yalá is not watching over Guinea-Bissau's elections. But his legacy of corruption and unrest remains.
Algeria: Ailing President Expected to Win Election - [VOA]Algerians cast ballots Thursday in a presidential election that incumbent President Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win.
Africa: Big Data: Excitement Tempered by a Dose of Reality - [SciDev.Net]Big data is a relative newcomer to development discourse. It has gathered interest quickly, aided by the UN high-level panel's call for a 'data revolution' last June that made big data central to debates over the future of development.
Liberia: Supreme Court Summons Finance Minister - [New Dawn]Liberia's Supreme Court has summoned Finance Minister Amara Konneh to appear at 9am today to show 'cause' why he should not be held in contempt.
Zimbabwe: Nation Faces Imminent Economic Collapse - [SW Radio]As Zimbabwe turns 34 this week indicators are that the country is facing imminent collapse due to a combination of economic mismanagement and bad governance, experts and opinion leaders have warned. Reports this week said 176 companies were deregistered while 634 more are expected to be struck off the register in the next three months. According to a notice from the Registrar of Companies, the majority of the affected entities are in the manufacturing and investment sectors.
Nigeria: 1,000 Dead in Communal Violence - [VOA]While attacks by the militant group Boko Haram have killed many people in northern Nigeria, communal violence is also taking a toll. The group Human Rights Watch saID since December more than one thousand people have been killed in five northern states.
Sudan: Massive Mobilization of Armed Forces in the Nuba Mountains - [SSP]Washington, D.C. -The Satellite Sentinel Project issued a human security alert for the civilian population of the Kauda Valley in the war-torn Nuba Mountains region of Sudan.
Africa: Economic Prosperity At Risk From Instability - Report - [VOA]The head of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, says achieving economic progress does not just depend on having impressive numbers of GDP growth, high-rise buildings or first-class highways. For development institutions like his and others looking to promote growth, they must also consider political factors.
South Africa: Will Marikana's Mr X Be a Game Changer? - [Daily Maverick]Retired judge Ian Farlam, the chair of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, today made an insightful ruling that may have a massive impact on the Commission's performance and public acceptance.
Zambia: Govt Won't Condone Political Violence, Says Official - [VOA]Zambia's information minister says President Michael Sata's administration will not tolerate acts of violence perpetrated by political groups aimed to create chaos and destabilize the country.
Nigeria: Abuja Blast Impacts Lives, Livelihoods - [VOA]Abuja -In the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack on the Nigerian capital since an insurgency began in 2009, survivors say they escaped with their lives but lost everything else. Officials say they are looking at ways to help the bombing victims and boosting security ahead of the World Economic Forum for Africa to be held in Nigeria next month.
Zimbabwe: Tokwe-Mukosi Flood Victims Demand Compensation - [SW Radio]Victims of the Tokwe-Mukosi flood have demanded a total of $9 million and vowed they will not move from the Chingwizi holding camp until they have received the compensation, reports said Monday.
South Sudan: UN Official Calls Ongoing Violence 'An Outrage' to Country's People - [UN News]The number of people seeking shelter at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said in Juba today.
Mozambique: Renamo Demands Senior Positions in Armed Forces and Police - [AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo on Monday demanded senior posts in the armed forces and police as a condition for disarming its remaining gunmen, but the government rejected this demand as “an aberration”.
South Africa: Govt to Procure Still More Renewable Energy - [SA Info]South Africa's Department of Energy is to increase the amount of energy it will be procuring under the third window of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers, Energy Minister Ben Martins announced on Tuesday.
Nigeria: Schoolgirls Abducted as Terrorists Strike Borno - [CAJ News]Abuja -Suspected Boko Haram sect members have reportedly abducted more than 100 students at a girl-only school in Borno State.
Nigeria: Abuja Blast - Six More Die At Wuse Hospital - [Daily Trust]Six more fatalities have been recorded at the Wuse general hospital, increasing the death toll from 71 to 77 following Monday morning car bombing at the Nyanya bus station in Abuja.
Nigeria: National Assembly Evacuated Over Bomb Scare - [Premium Times]Nigerian authorities ordered an immediate evacuation of the National Assembly Tuesday a day after a massive car bomb killed at least 71 people and wounded 124 more at a car station near the capital, Abuja.
Egypt: Brotherhood Banned From Running for Govt Positions - [Aswat Masriya]Alexandria -An Alexandria court banned Muslim Brotherhood members on Tuesday from running for Egypt's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
Libya: Trial of Former Al-Gaddafi Officials By Video Link a Farce - [AI London]The trial of former Libyan officials, including Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, risks descending into a farce after the court ordered today that he and six other defendants be tried via video link, said Amnesty International.
Nigeria: 15 Feared Killed in Fresh Violence in Wukari, Taraba - [Premium Times]About fifteen persons were killed in a fresh round of violence in Wukari Town of Taraba State while several property were also destroyed, residents have said.
Egypt: IMF - Ready to Support Egypt - [Egypt Online]Minister of Finance Hani Qadri said on Tuesday 15/4/2014 that the government works on rebuilding confidence in the Egyptian economy through the creation of institutional infrastructure that soundly manage the country's economy.
Egypt: Sedqi Calls On Commanders and Officers to Develop Their Fighting Skills - [Egypt Online]The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the Minister of Defense and Military Production General Sedqi Sobhy stressed the importance of paying wider attention to specialized training for developing command and control skills in all units and formations. He underlined the importance of expanding cooperation among units and subsidiary fighting, administrative and technical units.
BBC News - Africa

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

Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire' - The girlfriend of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession, a forensics expert says, contradicting police ballistics testimony.
Remittance fees 'hurt Africans' - Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.
Head of oldest African park shot - The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.
Search after Nigeria school kidnap - The Nigerian military joins the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast.
South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub - Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.
Elite marathon runner misses flight - A London Marathon runner from Sierra Leone is missing after she disappeared and failed to catch a flight home.
Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya - Masked gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya in the capital, Tripoli, in an attack that left his driver wounded, officials say.
More than 70 killed in Nigeria blast - More than 70 people are killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded bus station near Nigeria's capital, Abuja, officials say.
Rwandan musician and journalist held - One of Rwanda's best-known musicians and a leading journalist are arrested over their alleged links to an opposition group and rebels.
Video link trial for Gaddafi's son - A Libyan court rules that the late Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, and other Gaddafi officials being held outside Tripoli, can be tried via video-link.
Farah eighth in London Marathon - Kenyan athletes come first and second at the London marathon in both men's and women's races.
Libyan PM to step down after attack - Abdullah al-Thinni was only confirmed as prime minister last week but he is stepping down after he and his family were attacked.
VIDEO: Abducted Nigerian girls still missing - Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for 100 teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya - Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.
VIDEO: At site of Nigeria bus station blast - A powerful bomb blast has ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 71 people.
VIDEO: Cleaning up Cairo's waste system - The Egyptian government is turning to its traditional rubbish collectors - the Zabaleen - to revolutionise Cario's waste disposal industry.
VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 21 - in 60 secs - The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
VIDEO: Ghana's 'waste to wealth' initiative - Suzanne Vanhooymissen reports on the large and smaller-scale enterprises set up to segregate waste and encourage recycling in Ghana.
VIDEO: Stalemate for SA's platinum miners - Lerato Mbele reports on the impact of the platinum workers' strike in South Africa, which has so far lasted for almost three months.
VIDEO: Kenya first lady in marathon quest - Kenya's first lady is in London, but she is not here for a state visit. Instead, Margaret Kenyatta is training for the London Marathon which is taking place on Sunday.
Letter from Africa: Is sorry ever enough? - Is it too easy to say sorry or is it necessary for reconciliation?
Letter from Africa: Ghana's emergency rates - Why do Ghanaians wait until a bridge collapses before fixing it?
How Nigeria will become Africa's biggest economy - How Nigeria became Africa's biggest economy
Seaweed - Zanzibar's 'gift from the ocean' - Zanzibar women who live on the "gift from the ocean"
'Domino effect' of Rwanda genocide - The Congolese who paid heavy price for Rwanda genocide
Is Africa’s young population a risk or an asset? - Is Africa’s young population a risk or an asset?
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
In pictures: South Sudanese seeking safety in Uganda - Photos of a family's flight from South Sudan and their refugee life
Visions of freedom in the Middle East and North Africa - Images from North Africa and the Middle East
Queen's Baton Relay: Africa - African baton tour ahead of Commonwealth Games
What does freedom look like in Africa? - Pictures reveal different views of liberty in Africa
Algeria profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles 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
Injured Toure ruled out for two weeks - Manchester City's Yaya Toure will be out for up to two weeks with a muscle injury picked up in the defeat by Liverpool.
Bentaleb tipped to star for Algeria - Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb has the ability to become a star of the Algeria team, says fellow international Adlene Guedioura.
Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria - Somali refugee children's letters of hope to homeless Syrians
Nigeria's social media lesson to the world - What Nigeria has to teach the world about social media
On a hill, in sight of Europe - Trying to get into Europe from Morocco
VIDEO: Teaching photo tagging in rural Uganda - Meet the woman teaching photo tagging to people in rural Uganda
Can Algeria's ailing president win a fourth term? - But Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika is still likely to be re-elected
Pistorius damaged but not destroyed - Andrew Harding reflects on Oscar Pistorius' testimony
In pictures: Nigeria bus blast - Flames and grief after Nigeria bus blast
Chiwetel Ejiofor's post Oscars plans - Chiwetel Ejiofor on making Half of a Yellow Sun
The storyteller of Marrakech - How the king granted a wish and gave a storyteller a home
Africa in pictures: 4 April-10 April 2014 - Vegetarian crocodiles, singing for peace and film sets