Aug 24, 2014

First Briton contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

A Briton living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease, which has spread across the West African region since March, the Department of Health said on Saturday. No further details were immediately available, ...

Aug 19, 2014

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals, because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found. ...

Aug 17, 2014

Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won’t be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, a ...

Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help

Aug 16, 2014

Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help

by Boubacar Diallo

The Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area. Amid roadblocks manned by ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tunisia's fishermen save rising tide of migrants

The fishermen of this small North African port are used to catching sea bass and sea bream in their nets, but lately they’ve been hauling in something else: shipwrecked migrants fleeing war-ravaged Libya on flimsy boats. Chamseddine Bourassine, a Tunisian fisherman in his 50s, ...

Migrants clash in France as camp tensions soar

Aug 6, 2014

Migrants clash in France as camp tensions soar

Migrants flowing into Europe in unprecedented numbers are causing a tense summer in France, as clashes break out among asylum-seekers in overcrowded camps and police fire tear gas to quell the chaos. Sudanese and Eritreans battled in the sweltering heat in France’s port city ...

Aug 5, 2014

China urged to reveal payments for Africa's natural resources

China should publicly disclose what it pays African governments for extracting oil, gas and minerals as a way to level the playing field for companies worldwide and help countries get a fair deal for their natural resource wealth, billionaire investor George Soros said on ...

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Aug 4, 2014

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Ask Maj.-Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are faring in their war on Islamist militants in Somalia, and his answer comes back smartly: “Pretty darn good!” But when “son of ...