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Sierra Leone VP quarantined over Ebola fears

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Sierra Leone’s vice president has voluntarily quarantined himself after one of his security guards died from Ebola. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana on Sunday decided to put himself in quarantine for 21 days following the death of one of his security personnel last Tuesday. It is the first time a high-ranking official is quarantined for fear of spreading the epidemic that according to the most... 

Ebola cases rise for first time in weeks: WHO

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Photo shows health workers carrying the body of an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the cases of new Ebola infections in West Africa increased during the last week of January. In the first weekly increase in new Ebola cases in 2015, the United Nations health agency said on Wednesday that 124 new cases had been registered in the three West African countries affected... 

Churches torched as Niger's anti-Charlie Hebdo protest escalates

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Residents watch a ransacked church that burned after thousands of protesters gathered following Friday prayers to vent anger at the depiction of the prophet in the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest edition of the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, on January 16, 2015 in Zinder. Police fired tear gas as hundreds of Niger Muslims came out to yet again protest Charlie... 

4 killed after Nigerien protesters attack French cultural center

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Demonstrators burn a French flag during a protest against cartoons published by the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Algiers, Algeria, January 16, 2015. At least four people have been killed during violent demonstrations in the West African country of Niger over comical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published by the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The violence broke out on... 

Satellite images reveal 'horrific' scale of Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

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Satellite image showing the extent of damage in Doron Baga taken on 7 Jan 2015, following an attack by Boko Haram.   The scale of last week’s attack on the Nigerian towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants has been shown graphically in before-and-after satellite images revealed by Amnesty International on Thursday. Satellite images, taken on January 2 and January 7, respectively,... 

2000 killed in Boko Haram deadliest attack yet

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Boko Haram fighters parading on a tank in an unidentified town. Boko Haram, the extremist Islamic group that wants to enforce Sharia Law across Nigeria, has inflicted mass casualties in northeast Nigeria. Some reports put the number of fatalities as high as 2,000. Amnesty International, communicating with experts on the ground in Nigeria, has said the assault on the town of Baga could be the deadliest... 

Ebola lockdown in Sierra Leone extended for 2 weeks

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A woman walks past signs warning of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Authorities in Sierra Leone have extended the Ebola lockdown in the northern Tonkolili district of the West African country for two weeks in a bid to contain the outbreak. “The lockdown is extended for another two weeks to intensify monitoring efforts by all sectors in the district as we need this mopping up operation until January... 

Ebola fight in West Africa not over

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Health workers stand inside the Elwa hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia on September 7, 2014. West African countries still have a long way to go to beat back the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, a senior UN official says. “I think the response (to Ebola) has been successful but we have a long way to go,” Anthony Banbury, the outgoing head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency... 

Nigerians protest against police inaction on abducted girls

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A protester calling for the release of abducted Nigerian girls. Hundreds of Nigerians have rallied in the capital Abuja to mark the first Christmas since more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists. Angry people gathered in Abuja on Saturday to protest against the unknown fate of the abducted girls. The protesters said Nigerian officials haven’t tried hard enough to free the girls... 

Kenya court charges key ivory trafficker with illegal trade

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A Kenya Wildlife Services ranger standing guard in front of an illegal ivory stockpile at Tsavo National Park, southeast of the capital, Nairobi. A court in Kenya has charged an ivory trafficker with the illegal trade and smuggling of elephant tusks. Judicial sources said Wednesday that Feisal Ali Mohamed was charged in a court in Mombasa, the country’s second-largest city. The charges include “dealing... 

1 million naturally mummified bodies found in Egypt cemetery

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A cemetery with a million mummified bodies has been found in Egypt, a research team director says. The director of a US research team says it has found a cemetery in Egypt containing around a million naturally mummified bodies. “We are fairly certain we have over a million burials within this cemetery. It’s large and it’s dense,” Project manager, Kerry Muhlestein, an associate... 

Niger struggles with refugee influx from restive Nigeria

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Displaced women receive food aid during a distribution at the Cathedral of Yola, state capital of Adamawa, on December 4, 2014. Niger is facing a massive influx of refugees from neighboring Nigeria, where people are fleeing deadly attacks by Takfiri Boko Haram militants, Press TV reports. According to the UN refugee agency, the displaced population is placing a heavy burden on Diffa, a remote and economically... 

Ebola still flaming in West Africa says UN

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David Nabarro, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy on Ebola. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy on Ebola says the deadly virus is “still flaming strongly” in some parts of West Africa. David Nabarro made the remarks during a news conference on Tuesday in the Swiss city of Geneva. “We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in... 

Ebola epidemic slows down in Sierra Leone

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A health worker is disinfected in an Ebola treatment center in Hastings, Sierra Leone on November 11, 2014. The Ebola epidemic is likely to have passed its culmination point in Sierra Leone and may start to slow down in the near future. “We believe that … the transmission of new cases will start reducing,” Sierra Leone’s Information Minister Alpha Kanu told reporters on Wednesday. “I... 

Madagascar officials raise bubonic plague death toll to 47

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The Anosibe slum area is seen in the Malagasy capital Antananarivo. Malagasy officials have raised the death toll from a recent bubonic plague outbreak to 47 as the bacterial disease spreads through the country. Madagascar’s Health Ministry made the announcement on Monday, and warned that the toll would probably rise over the coming months as it spreads towards the capital Antananarivo. They added... 
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