Africa News

  • United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." U.N.…

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  • UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly virus.

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  • Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a…

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  • Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola shutdown

    Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone was preparing on Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move experts claim could worsen the epidemic.

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  • Nigeria's ruling party wants Jonathan as president

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's ruling party says President Goodluck Jonathan is its candidate for February 2015 elections.

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  • U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

    By Elizabeth Pineau and Saliou Samb PARIS/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The United Nations unveiled plans on Thursday for a special mission to combat the worst Ebola epidemic on record in West Africa, as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. French…

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  • Luiten leads Wales Open by 1 after 1st round

    NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Joost Luiten birdied seven of his last 10 holes to grab a one-shot lead in the first round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Thursday.

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  • Amnesty: Nigerian police routinely use torture

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria's police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails, Amnesty International charged Thursday.

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  • France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

    PARIS (Reuters) - France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday. "I have decided to respond positively to the Iraqi authorities to provide…

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  • Ebola death toll climbs to 2,630 out of 5,357 cases: WHO

    Geneva (AFP) - The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected more than 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

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  • Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

    By Karolin Schaps and Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor…

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  • Fear and hope as Sierra Leone braces for three-day Ebola lockdown

    By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - In her free time Isha Turay, an 18-year-old Sierra Leonean student, sells vegetables on Malama Thomas Street in the heart of the bustling capital, Freetown, so that she and her siblings can eat. But for three days, starting at midnight on Thursday, her stand…

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  • British Ebola survivor flies to United States for blood donation

    (Reuters) - A British man who survived Ebola after being treated in London has flown to the United States to try to help another patient suffering from the virus, the Foreign Office in the United Kingdom said on Thursday. Media reports said William Pooley planned to donate his blood, which likely…

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  • France to set up military hospital to fight Ebola in West Africa

    PARIS (Reuters) - France will set up a military hospital in West Africa in the coming days as part of France's contribution to the fight against the Ebola outbreak there, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday. Hollande said that France's response to the outbreak would not be limited to a…

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  • Turkey announces strategy to bolster EU accession bid

    By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Thursday crises in the Middle East and elsewhere made closer co-operation between Ankara and the European Union essential and announced a new program to revive the country's stalled drive for EU membership. A document released by the EU Affairs…

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  • South African parliament hosts another ruckus

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African opposition lawmaker wanted to get a point across to the deputy president during a parliamentary debate. So he raised his middle finger in a gesture widely recognized as obscene.

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  • Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic reaches 2,630: WHO

    LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. In an update on the epidemic, which is raging through Guinea, Sierra Leone…

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