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.

Islamic State influence spreads to African jihadists

Its main battlegrounds are far away and its true influence hard to judge, but the Islamic State`s black banner is attracting the attention of jihadists in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.

Ebola death toll climbs to 6,583

Nearly 6,600 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

Mali freed four militants in exchange for French hostage: Minister

Mali freed four Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda in north Africa in exchange for the release of Serge Lazarevic, a French national who was being held by the group, Mali`s justice minister said on Friday.

Dramatic reduction in malaria deaths: WHO

 Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 as more people are treated and use more bed nets, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in its annual report.

African migrant boat capsizes off Yemen, 70 dead

Yemeni security officials say a boat carrying African migrants has capsized off the country's western coast, killing 70.

South Africa`s Zuma calls China an anti-colonial force

South African President Jacob Zuma said on Friday that China`s growing influence in Africa would allow the continent to free itself from "colonial shackles" as he wound up a visit to Beijing.

Africa should target 'hot zones' to check HIV spread: Study

By targeting hot zones, areas where the risk of HIV infection is much higher than the national average, Africa could prevent up to 40 percent more infections than using conventional strategy, says a study.

Early humans' rock art originated in Africa not Europe

Analysing ancient rock art across South-east Asia, researchers have found that the art originated with our ancestors in Africa, not Europe as some claimed.

Global Ebola toll rises to 5,689: WHO

The World Health Organization said Thursday that the global death toll from the Ebola virus had increased to 5,689 out of a total of 15,935 cases of infection, mainly in western Africa.

Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: National Institutes of Health
Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: National Institutes of Health

An experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused no serious side effects and produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial, scientists reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

600 Ebola cases in hard-hit countries in past week

The World Health Organization says 600 new cases of Ebola were reported in the most-affected countries in the past week, more than half of them in Sierra Leone.

Africa needs India's cooking stove, solar know-how: Think tank

Africa, which is on a "slow, uphill battle" to improve its bio-energy sector, needs India's expertise in improved cooking stove (ICS) and durable solar products technology, a member of a leading think tank said here Wednesday.

Mali confirms eighth Ebola case, monitoring 271 people

Mali said on Monday that another person had tested positive for the Ebola virus, bringing the total number of cases in the West African nation to eight.

Nigeria lurches from crisis to crisis as elections approach

Nigeria`s government took out a two-page advertisement in a number of national newspapers on Monday. Its message: President Goodluck Jonathan is the best leader the country has ever had.

Nigeria security agents raid opposition office

Nigeria`s main opposition party claimed on Sunday that security agents had ransacked its office in Lagos, arresting workers and seizing documents, in the latest flareup ahead of February elections.

ECOWAS trains health workers to fight Ebola

West Africa`s regional bloc ECOWAS said on Sunday it will train 150 health workers this week to help tackle the deadly Ebola disease in the worst hit countries; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank

Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned on Sunday.