Darfur offers Islamists "fertile ground" as violence persists: UN

United Nations experts warned that Sudan`s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence in the country`s conflict-torn Darfur region rages at an alarming level.

Child killings in Ivory Coast raise fears of ritual sacrifices

More than 20 children have been kidnapped in recent weeks in the Ivory Coast, most of them later found dead with mutilated bodies, police said Friday, raising fears of a wave of ritual sacrifices.

Zambians vote in special presidential election

Zambia goes to the polls on Tuesday in a tightly contested race to elect a president after a ruling party power struggle following the death of Michael Sata in office last year.

WHO approves Indian-made vaccine to fight meningitis in Africa

A vaccine against meningitis prepared by an Indian company has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), paving the way for its use to eradicate the disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

Copper plays surprise role in Zambia presidential vote

A controversial decision to hike mining royalties in copper-rich Zambia has not only spooked investors but has become an unlikely presidential election issue in one of Africa`s two biggest producers.

Nigeria lowers oil price ahead of presidential vote

 Africa`s largest oil producer Nigeria on Sunday announced a cut in petrol prices, a month before the country votes in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Niger protesters burn churches in second day of Charlie Hebdo riots

Stone-throwing demonstrators set fire to two churches in Niger`s capital Niamey on Saturday, in the latest protest in France`s former African colonies at French newspaper Charlie Hebdo`s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

Liberia aims to be Ebola-free by end-February as cases fall to 10

Liberia, one of the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola, could be free of the virus by the end of next month after success in curbing transmission, the government said on Thursday. 

'Africa2Moon' initiative seeks to place continent on scientific map

Africa's first mission to the moon is aimed at establishing the continent's presence in the field of scientific research, offer benefits to its residents and encourage its young people to study mathematics, physics and space science, according to the South African Foundation for Space Development (FSD).

India home to 200,000 refugees in first half of 2014: UNHCR

India was home to over 200,000 refugees in the first six months of 2014, a period that saw over 5.5 million people displaced worldwide mainly due to war and violence across large swathes of the Middle East and Africa.

Radical Islam a growing threat to sub-Saharan Christians: Report

Radical Islamists were the main persecutors of Christians around the world last year, not only in the Middle East but increasingly in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an annual survey monitoring religious freedom.

Italy ghost ship migrants paid up to $8000 each to traffickers
Italy ghost ship migrants paid up to $8000 each to traffickers

Italian authorities disembarked 360 cold and hungry migrants from a ship left adrift by its crew off the country's coast, with some having paid up to USD 8,000 to traffickers for the perilous journey.

US denies any role in Gambia violence

The United States on Thursday denied it had any role in an apparent coup attempt in The Gambia, after the African nation`s leader Yahya Jammeh blamed the attack on foreign dissidents.

US-born leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

The leader of a community of African Americans who moved to Israel decades ago in the belief they were of ancient Hebrew ancestry has died, their spokesman said on Sunday.

Turkey's oldest stone tool discovered

 Scientists have discovered the oldest recorded stone tool ever to be found in Turkey, providing a new insight into when and how early humans dispersed out of Africa and Asia.

Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka raise money for underprivileged children
Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka raise money for underprivileged children

In a recent charity event held in Zurich, Swiss super-star Roger Federer and his compatriot Stan Wawrinka raised over a million dollars for underprivileged children.

Trial rules Ebola vaccine safe for human use in Africa

 Scientists have revealed that the experimental DNA vaccines to prevent Ebola virus and the closely related Marburg virus are safe for human use.

Gulf of Guinea: Africa`s new pirate paradise

A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea -- the new epicentre of piracy in Africa -- are struggling to get their act together.

Zambia`s acting president refuses to quit, slams `treason`

Zambia`s acting president Guy Scott on Wednesday rejected a call for his resignation by a majority of cabinet ministers, and suggested a meeting they held without him had been treasonous.

India, Sweden for closer coordination among UN member states

India and Sweden have stressed the need for closer cooperation among the UN member states on providing humanitarian aid in crises situations, saying sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation must be fully respected in providing relief assistance.