Mali tries to trace 343 contacts in second Ebola wave

(Reuters) – Mali is trying to trace as many as 343 people linked to confirmed and probable Ebola victims in an effort to control its second Ebola outbreak, health officials said on Friday. An initial batch of contacts linked to a 2-year-old from Guinea who died of Ebola last month were close to the end of their 21-day quarantine period when Mali confirmed a second, separate batch of cases this week. There have been at […]

Nigeria insurgents retake village of abducted schoolgirls

(Reuters) – Boko Haram insurgents have retaken the village of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria where the group abducted some 200 schoolgirls seven months ago, a lawmaker and a villager who fled the attack said on Friday. Boko Haram, which is trying to carve out a caliphate in religiously mixed northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks since it rejected a ceasefire announced last month by the government. In a separate incident on Friday, a suicide bomber […]

At least 35 killed in Nigerian school assembly blast

(Reuters) – At least 35 people, most of them students, were killed when a bomb ripped through a school assembly in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Potiskum on Monday, a hospital official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe State, a territory that has been hit by Sunni Muslim Boko Haram rebels during a five-year insurgency seen as the main security threat to Africa’s leading oil producer. Mariam Ibrahim, a teacher at […]

Burkina Faso army backs presidential guard officer to lead transition

(Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s military backed a presidential guard officer on Saturday to lead a transitional government after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore, resolving a power struggle within the armed forces by sidelining the chief of staff. Senior military officials had held talks on Saturday aimed at averting bloodshed after Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida declared himself head of state in an early morning radio address, overruling military chief General Honore Traore’s claim to lead […]

South Africa nabs two Vietnamese men with 41kg of rhino horn

(Reuters) – South African authorities have arrested two Vietnamese men in possession of 41 kg of rhino horn, the largest haul nabbed in the country battling to stave off poaching of its dwindling stock of the wild animals. The population of rhinos, indigenous to southern Africa, is being decimated by poachers who supply a demand for horns for decorative and supposed medicinal purposes especially in Asian countries. A total of 933 rhinos were killed in […]

Nigeria declared Ebola-free, holds lessons for others

BY CAMILLUS EBOH AND ANGELA UKOMADU (Reuters) – Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who diagnosed it, kept him in hospital despite protests from […]

Renewed assault on Kobani; 21 dead in Turkey as Kurds rise

By Daren Butler and Jonny Hogg MURSITPINAR Turkey/ANKARA Wed Oct 8, 2014 8:39pm EDT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters launched a renewed assault on the Syrian city of Kobani on Wednesday night, and at least 21 people were killed in riots in neighbouring Turkey where Kurds rose up against the government for doing nothing to protect their kin. Heavily outgunned defenders said Islamic State militants had pushed into two districts of the mainly Kurdish border […]

French, U.S. planes strike Islamic State, Britain to join coalition

By Arshad Mohammed and Tom Perry NEW YORK/BEIRUT Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:08am EDT (Reuters) – French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday, and the United States hit them in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join. The French strikes were a prompt answer to the beheading of a French tourist in Algeria by militants, who said the killing was […]

Military aircraft in Egypt

In Egypt, a military aircraft crashed, killing six of its crew. Reports said that the crash occurred in a training flight. One crew member survived said crash. The crash was caused by a technical failure.

Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

(Reuters) – Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. “The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit,” Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters by telephone in Conakry. However, Guinea’s Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Fofana, speaking in […]