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Avian Influenza: 4 dead in Libya‎

WHO has been informed about the deaths.

Ban criticises Sudan for expelling UN coordinator

Mr. Ban said the sanctioning of UN personnel is unacceptable.

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

God’s message of peace stronger than darkness, corruption, Pope Francis says at Christmas

In his homily, Francis, wearing white vestments, said Christmas is a time to remember that God’s message of peace “is stronger than darkness and corruption”

Baghdad’s embattled Christian community worshiped defiantly at Christmas Eve mass

Iraq’s Christians once numbered about 1.5 million.

Former U.S. President Bush hospitalised with breathing difficulties

The former US president has been taken to a hospital in Houston, Texas.

Former President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Gambia arrests men accused of homosexual acts

The EU withdrew million of Euros of funding from Gambia for its anti homosexual stance.

Ebola slows in Sierra Leone as community records zero infection for weeks

Sierra Leone has recorded 8,356 cases of Ebola.

‘Endemic Corruption’ Plagues Most of Africa – Survey

Five of the 10 countries of the world in which administrators and politicians are perceived to be the most corrupt

Map of AFrica

Is Africa Rising? Thoughts From a ‘World View’ Economist

“The rise of Asia is a great inspiration.”

Congo-Kinshasa: Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption

Multiple data points could allow a company to statistically estimate the likelihood that its suppliers are operating in a conflict minerals zone

Nigeria: Preventing Urban Epidemics Through Community Buy-In, By Bunmi Oloruntoba

NHIS already covers a major portion of the formal, employed sector, those covered number only about 4.5 million people

UN agencies seek $810m to help South Sudan refugees

Half a million South-Sudaneses are taking refuge in neighbouring countries.

Pakistan to hang convicted militants in wake of school massacre

135 school children and 12 others were killed by Taliban gunmen.

Over 20,000 braziers recalled in Japan due to injury fears

There have been no reports of injuries from the defect.

EU court says Hamas should be removed from terrorist list

US asks EU not to change its stance

HIV outbreak in Cambodian village sparks investigation

Officials have alleged that a local health care worker used the same syringe on many people.

Pakistan mourns victims of savage school massacre

141 Pakistanis, mostly children, were murdered by the Taliban insurgents.

China is world’s worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

CPJ annual prison census

Death toll from Indonesia landslide rises to 61

47 people were still missing four days after the disaster, police said.

126 dead as Taliban militants take hundreds hostage at Pakistani military school

Taliban claims responsibility for the attack.

ECOWAS adopts biometric identity card to replace resident permit

Biometric identity cards would facilitate the implementation of the Common External Tariff.

Hundreds feared missing after boat sinks in Lake Tanganyika

Tanzanian authorities said that the vessel had been carrying some 500 people.

China bans national anthem at weddings

China’s national anthem is “March of the Volunteers,’’ with lyrics by poet Tian Han.

UN Chief appoints new envoy for Ebola

Mr. Ahmed will work with the government of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to fight Ebola.

Kenya, Nigeria to partner on security to end insurgency

The two countries would share experiences in the area of security and work towards implementing the agreement in the first quarter of 2015.