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Blaise Compaore

Power struggle in Burkina Faso as another officer announces self as Head of State

Another military officer, Isaac Zida, a colonel and former presidential guard to ousted President, Blaise…

President Goodluck Jonathan

UK-based Nigerian group laments state of Nigeria

A United Kingdom-based group, Nigeria 2015, has said it would support the All Progressives Congress,…

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Burkina Faso protesters burn parliament over Compaore’s tenure extension plan

Protesters on Thursday marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building, forcing…

Late Micheal Sata (Zambian President)

President Sata’s body expected in Zambia Saturday

Zambia’s Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the President Michael Sata’s body would arrive in the country on Saturday from London where he died while receiving medical treatment. Mr. Msiska also disclosed on Thursday that President Sata would be buried on Nov. 11 at Embassy Park in…

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Iran arrests journalist covering acid attacks on women

Iranian authorities have detained for almost a week a journalist affiliated with the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency, ISNA, a media outlet that has covered a series of acid attacks on women in the country, according to news reports. Four other staff members affiliated with the agency were arrested on…

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Ebola epidemic slowing in Liberia—WHO

The World Health Organisation, WHO, said on Wednesday in Geneva that the spread of Ebola in Liberia appeared to be slowing compared to the “heavy traffic” in the past. Bruce Aylward, who is in charge of WHO's efforts to fight the disease in West Africa, said there were indications that…

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Pakistan claims killing 1,150 militants in months-long offensive

The Pakistani army said on Wednesday in Islamabad, that more than 1,150 militants have been killed in operations in the troubled north-west tribal regions. Maj. Asim Bajwa, military spokesman said that more than 1,100 rebels were killed in an offensive launched in mid-June in North Waziristan, once considered a stronghold…

Late Micheal Sata (Zambian President)

Jonathan condoles Zambians on death of President Sata

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with sadness, news of the passing away of President Michael Sata of Zambia in a London Hospital yesterday. On behalf of the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, President Jonathan extends sincere condolences to the government and people of Zambia on the death…

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Zambian president dies in London

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, the United Kingdom, where he was receiving treatment. He was 77. The Zambian government confirmed the death of Mr. Sata, but did not give details of the illness he was treated for in London's King Edward VII hospital. Media reports said that…

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Prosecution to appeal Pistorius’ 5-year manslaughter sentence

South African National Prosecution Authority on Monday said it would appeal against the five-year prison sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Spokesman of the authority, Nathi Mncube, who made this known in Johannesburg, said that the body would appeal against the conviction and sentence of…

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NLC urges Nigerian Govt to help Ebola-hit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Saturday urged the Federal Government to offer as much support as possible to West African countries ravaged by the dreaded Ebola virus to save the sub-region. The Vice-President of the Congress, Issa Aremu, said in Lagos that Nigeria could not be said to be…

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Sudanese ambassador to Nigeria dies in Abuja

The Sudanese ambassador to Nigeria, Tagelsir Ali, has died, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported. Mr. Ali died in Abuja. The details of his death are not yet clear. More details coming...

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Sudanese ambassador to Nigeria dies in Abuja

The Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Tagelsir Ali, is dead, the country’s embassy confirmed on Friday in Abuja. The Media Advisor to the embassy,  Mohammed Abdulrahman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Ali, 66, died at about 1a.m. on Friday at the National Hospital, Abuja. “He had malaria; there were some…

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Hope for release of jailed journalists as appeal date set

The first day in January 2015 has been set as the date when Al Jazeera’s jailed journalists in Egypt will have the appeals against their convictions considered. The hearing will look at the process behind the original trial, a process that Al Jazeera says was flawed, and is the basis…

Femi Falana

Cuba harvests huge praises for fight against Ebola in Africa

Cuba, the tiny island of 11 million people, received giant waves of praises Wednesday in Abuja as labour and civil society leaders described it as the world’s “leading moral leader in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa”. Cuba has sent 256 doctors and health professionals…

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UN in touch with Nigeria on Ebola success — spokesperson

The United Nations on Monday has said it is in touch with Nigerian authorities, through the World Health Organisation, WHO, on how it contained the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD. The Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, Stephane DuJarric, said this while briefing UN correspondents in New York. The…

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Transparency International elects new chair, challenges FIFA over corruption

José Ugaz was today elected chair of the board of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation present in more than 100 countries. Ugaz, the Peruvian lawyer with a history of taking on grand corruption, was elected by Transparency International’s annual membership meeting, which brings together the movement’s national chapters and…

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Ebola: United States introduces new screening guideline for travellers

The United States’ Center for Disease Control, CDC, on Wednesday introduced a new screening guideline for all travellers. As a measure to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Diseases, EVD, in the US, hospitals now send a pre-screening form to patients, as well those visiting the U.S. for…

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U.S. expands Ebola screenings at airports, as congress members advocate travel ban

An official of the White House said on Friday in Washington that five international airports in the U.S. had initiated Ebola screening on passengers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He said the screening began on Thursday in Chicago, Atlanta, Newark, New Jersey; and Dulles International Airport outside Washington. The official added…

Solange Nsimire

Female African journalist, 2 others, win 2014 Courage in Journalism Award

A female journalist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Solange Lusiku Nsimire, has won this year’s Courage in Journalism Award. She won alongside two others: CNN Correspondent Arwa Damon and Serbia TV reporter, Brankica Stanković. The award, which is in its 25th edition, is organized by the International Women’s Media Foundation, IWMF,…

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Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

US health officials have confirmed that a second health care worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola viral disease. The Texas Department of State Health Services said the victim provided treatment for Thomas Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola outside Africa. In a statement, the department…

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Israel condemns Britain’s vote to back Palestinian statehood

Israeli authorities on Tuesday in Tel Aviv called the British Parliament's symbolic vote in favour of backing statehood for Palestine a "troubling message" that threatens the prospects for peace. They said the 274-to-12 vote late Monday was non-binding. The Israeli Foreign Ministry criticised the resolution, which called for a two-state…

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Globally-respected African scholar, Prof. Ali Mazrui, is dead

One of Africa's most respected scholars and political writers, Kenyan Professor Ali Mazrui has died in the United States, the Kenyan media are reporting. He was 81. The reports say he died on Sunday night. Kenya Daily, The Standard, quoted Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar and Governor Hassan Joho as confirming…

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UN urges parties to address root cause of Gaza conflict

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Sunday in Cairo, urged all parties to last summer's war in Gaza to address the root causes of the conflict. He said doing so would help in preventing the “cycle of building and destroying”. A statement issued by Ban's Spokesperson, Stephane DuJarric, in New…

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Nigerian soldiers in Liberia free of Ebola – Military

The Nigerian military has debunked claims that one of its soldiers tested positive to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Liberia. In a tweet on Friday, the Defence Headquarters said the Nigerian troops were only confined to their camp as precautionary measures and for medical observations. The DHQ said…