Tottori man starts walk across Africa with two-wheeled cart

Sep 8, 2014

Tottori man starts walk across Africa with two-wheeled cart

A 33-year-old Tottori man began walking across Africa on Sunday with a two-wheeled cart after completing a cart-pulling walk through three continents last year. Masahito Yoshida left Alexandria to embark on an 11,000-km walk to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa pulling ...

Sep 4, 2014

Boko Haram battles for land in northeast Nigeria, 26,000 displaced

Boko Haram militants have driven more than 26,000 people from the northeastern town of Bama amid fierce fighting, witnesses and security sources said on Wednesday, as the Islamists focus more on taking and holding territory. The government of Borno state, where Bama is located, ...

U.N. issues dire warning about food shortages in Ebola-hit nations

Sep 2, 2014

U.N. issues dire warning about food shortages in Ebola-hit nations

Labor shortages and disrupted cross-border trade caused by the deadly Ebola outbreak have sparked “grave food security concerns” in the worst-hit countries, the United Nations said Tuesday. Restrictions on movement in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has led to panic buying, food shortages and ...

Sep 1, 2014

African jihadis inspired by Islamic State

Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadis outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption. The United States has described the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria as ...

West African campaigns against Ebola get creative

Aug 28, 2014

West African campaigns against Ebola get creative

A young man on camera names the person who has challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in soapy water — part of a campaign ...

Aug 28, 2014

Baby may have infected Briton with deadly Ebola virus

A British nurse infected with Ebola may have caught the deadly virus after playing with a 1-year-old boy whose mother died in a treatment center but who himself had initially tested negative for the disease, a medical colleague said. William Pooley, 29, the first ...

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 ...