“Nigeria accounts for 25% of maternal, infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa”

“This high figure is enough to warrant a national emergency meeting involving the government, National Assembly, as well as public and corporate organisations towards ending these avoidable deaths.”

Ethiopia Moves Forward with Case against Zone 9 Bloggers

Zone Nine bloggers and journalists have been imprisoned for nine months.

Mozambique death toll rises after heavy flooding

Majority of the deaths occurred in the central coastal region of Zambezia.

South Africa: Calm restored after outbreak of xenophobia

The rioting resulted in the death of four people, including an 18-month-old baby in Kagiso.

UN secures release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan

UNICEF said it was trying to reunify the children with their families.

France arrests 5 terrorism suspects who recruit youths to fight with ISIS-Minister

The suspects are aged 26 to 44.

Journalist flees Argentina after reporting on prosecutor’s death

Pachter broke the news on January 18 that Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor investigating the 1994 terrorist attack on Jewish cultural center AMIA, had been found dead the night before he was to testify about the attack.

CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists

The reason for the journalists’ release was not clear.

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine measures amid progress

There are indications that there is a sharp drop in transmission.

Ebola health workers in Congo

Liberia cremates 2,800 Ebola bodies

12 of the 15 counties not reporting Ebola cases for a long time is an indication the virus is about to be defeated.

Iran bans newspaper for showing American actor wearing ‘Je suis Charlie’ pin

Almost all Hollywood productions are banned in the Islamic republic as “culturally decadent”

Mauritius offers $100,000 to fight Ebola

“The money will be given to the WHO Africa Public Health Emergency Fund, the UN Trust Fund for Ebola”.

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Nigeria to ratify anti-Mercury convention in August

Nigeria has developed a work plan on the process of ratifying the convention.

Leaked Report Says World Bank Violated Own Rules in Ethiopia

Internal watchdog finds link between World Bank financing and Ethiopian government’s mass resettlement of indigenous group

Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages

The Islamic State militia wants 200 million dollars as ransom.

Cuba records another death of Ebola health worker

This is the second Cuban health staff helping the fight against the Ebola epidemic to die of Malaria in West Africa.

Indonesia says no evidence so far of terrorism in AirAsia crash

“The recording indicates that the pilot was busy with the handling of the plane”.

Cameroon “frees” 24 of the 80 hostages held by Boko Haram

Cameroon said the kidnapping was one of the largest abductions on its soil.

Security Council calls for safety of UN personnel in Mali

The council condemned attacks on its mission’s camp in Mali.

Al Jazeera Condemns Death Threat Against Bureau Chief in Yemen

“We hold the Yemen government, and Houthis who control Sanaa, responsible for the safety of our colleague Saeed.”

First Ebola centre for pregnant women opens in Freetown

Sierra Leone has recorded over 3,000 deaths from the virus.

Indian Army warns of terror attacks ahead of Obama’s visit

President Obama would arrive in India on January 25 on a three-day tour.

AirAsia search focuses on fuselage

AirAsia flight QZ8501 was en route from Surabaya to Singapore on December 28 when it crashed into the Java Sea killing all the 162 people on board.

Death toll in Mozambique beer poisoning rises to 71

The fatalities included the bar owner, who had brewed the beer, and her two children.

Boko Haram attacks Cameroonian military base

At least one soldier died in the early morning attack.