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U.N. says 239 migrants die in two shipwrecks off Libya

At least 239 migrants, believed to be from West Africa, have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, a spokesman for the United Nations migration agency, said on Thursday. 

Nigeria to deploy troops in Benue to end communal killings

Nigeria to deploy troops in Benue to end communal killings

The Nigerian Army will adjust deployment of troops as part of measures to end the killings in Agatu communities in central north Benue State, a top military officer said on Saturday.

Ebola survivors face long-term health problems

Most Ebola survivors were found to be suffering from neurological issues six months after infection.

101 die in Nigeria from Lassa fever outbreak

Deaths from the virus were recorded in the nation's political capital, Abuja, Lagos, and 14 other states, the NCDC said.

West Africa to 'fight back' jihadists as Burkina hotel gunmen named

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Monday named three gunmen behind a deadly attack on a luxury Burkina Faso hotel that has highlighted the growing reach of jihadist groups in west Africa, as French police joined in the probe.

WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over, as Liberia gets all-clear

 The two-year Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people across west Africa and triggered a global health scare is to be declared over Thursday, with Liberia the last country expecting the all-clear.

Vladimir Putin claims Russia has developed Ebola vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed today his country had developed a vaccine for the Ebola virus which has killed thousands of people in west Africa.

Kerala CM Chandy asks Centre to take steps to rescue jailed Keralites in Togo

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday urged the Centre to take immediate steps rescue the four Keralites jailed in Togo in West Africa. 

Lions, pride of Africa, vanishing in West Africa

Lions, pride of Africa, vanishing in West Africa

Three years earlier, Nigerian conservationists had reported lions present in six protected areas, but they had apparently disappeared in four of them.

Boko Haram fighters kill at least 15 in Niger village raid: Report


Naimey: Islamist Boko Haram militants operating out of Nigeria raided a village across the border in southern Niger and massacred at least 15 civilians, Niger security sources said on Friday.

New peace mission for coup-hit Burkina Faso

West African heads of state on Tuesday sought to end a tense stand-off between coup leaders and the army in Burkina Faso, announcing a new peace mission to the troubled nation and a call for non-violence.

India helps Nigeria ramp up its healthcare systems

Oil-rich Nigeria, West Africa's biggest nation, has seen its citizens spend millions of dollars on medical treatment in India due to an inadequate health delivery sector, but this is changing as the Indian government and private healthcare providers are turning to invest locally to benefit from this huge market.

New data reveals tropical forests 'on the edge'

 New satellite data reveals a rapid loss of tropical forests in Cambodia, parts of west Africa and Madagascar, and the Gran Chaco region of South America, analysts said Wednesday.

Gambia frees more than 200 prisoners including past coup plotters

Gambia released more than 200 prisoners on Friday, including 31 jailed for treason during multiple plots to overthrow long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh, prison officials said.

Ebola toll exceeds 11,250 in West Africa: WHO

 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the number of people killed by Ebola in West Africa has exceeded 11,250.

Ebola-hit countries seek billions for recovery at UN

The presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone come to the United Nations today hoping to raise USD 3.2 billion to put their countries firmly on course for recovery from Ebola.

Experts call for immediate WHO reform after Ebola exposes failings

Experts called on Tuesday for urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organization after an inadequate response to West Africa`s vast and deadly Ebola outbreak.

Malaria killed more people than usual in Ebola outbreak

Malaria likely killed many more people than usual in the West African nation of Guinea during last year's Ebola outbreak, a new study suggests, as tens of thousands with potential signs of the mosquito-spread disease probably shunned health clinics.

Ebola returns to Sierra Leone capital after three-week gap

Sierra Leone has recorded two new cases of Ebola in Freetown in the past few days, disproving the assumption that the capital city had already defeated the deadly virus, officials said on Monday.

First Ebola outbreak may have occurred in ancient Greece

The first recorded Ebola outbreak may have occurred in ancient Greece more than 2,400 years ago, a new study suggests.