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Why Ebola is so dangerous

Why Ebola is so dangerous

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world's deadliest to date and the World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency as more than 1,000 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria this year. What is Ebola? Ebola is a viral illness of which the initial symptoms...

Boko Haram abduct dozens in Nigeria

Boko Haram abduct dozens in Nigeria

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses who fled the violence said on Friday. The kidnappings come four months after Boko Haram, which is fighting to reinstate a medieval Islamic...

Liberia declares Ebola emergency

Liberia declares Ebola emergency

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a state of emergency as the country grapples with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Speaking on national television she said some civil liberties might have to be suspended. The Ebola outbreak has also hit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, killing more than 930 people. World Health Organization...

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people. The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other...

'Many dead' as Boko Haram attack town in Nigeria

'Many dead' as Boko Haram attack town in Nigeria

Many people are feared dead after suspected Boko Haram Islamist gunmen attacked a town in north-east Nigeria. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that half of Damboa had been burnt down, including the town's main market. At least 18 bodies so far have been recovered from the attack, which lasted for several hours. The death toll is...

60 Nigerian women 'escape from Boko Haram'

60 Nigerian women 'escape from Boko Haram'

More than 60 women and girls are reported to have escaped from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, security sources say. They were among 68 abducted last month near the town of Damboa in north-eastern Borno state. Reports say the women escaped when the militants went to attack a military base near Damboa on Friday. The...

Nigeria football federation voted out as Fifa ban looms

Nigeria football federation voted out as Fifa ban looms

Nigeria’s football federation were voted out of office on Saturday after being accused of botching up the country’s World Cup campaign but it is unlikely Fifa will recognise the hastily-arranged elections as anything more than a coup d’état, Reuters reports. An extraordinary general assembly of the federation went ahead in Abuja on Saturday despite...

Algerians win hearts

Algerians win hearts

Algeria's battling display against Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday will not only have won them many new admirers but also marks them out as one of the favourites for next year's African Nations Cup. Africa's last team standing after Nigeria's defeat by France earlier in the day, Algeria...

'Giroud should have seen red'

John Obi Mikel said Olivier Giroud should have seen red for elbowing him during Nigeria's 2-0 defeat to France in their second round World Cup clash. The Chelsea midfielder claimed referee Mark Geiger saw Giroud strike him in a tangle around the half hour mark, but opted against showing the Arsenal man a card before France battled to victory with two late goals to secure a place in the quarterfinals. The 27-year-old criticised the referee for his failure to act on...

‘56 dead’ in Nigeria market blast

‘56 dead’ in Nigeria market blast

A car bomb in a marketplace in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram extremism, killed at least 56 people on Tuesday, the leader of a civilian group that recovered the bodies said. Sadiq Abba Tijjani, leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force, told the Associated Press his group...

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