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Most recent Africa blogs and columns

  • Health workers teach people about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection, in Conakry, Guinea, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

    Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Has Killed 137 to Date

    DAKAR, Senegal— The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in central or... Read more

  • Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers wave their AK-47s in the air as they celebrate alongside Internally Displaced People (IDP) outside the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal after the SPLA claimed it had recaptured the town from rebels on March 19, 2014. (Ivan Lieman/AFP/Getty Images)

    South Sudan Mob Attacks UN base, 12 Killed

    JUBA, South Sudan—An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering... Read more

  • Security men stand guard in front of a bus conveying All progressives Congress opposition governors  after visiting victims of  at the  Accident and Emergency unit of Asokoro hospital where injured people from Monday's explosion at a bus station are receiving treatment in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Scores of peopledied in the  the blast that destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The Monday attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

    Fate of 115 Female Students Abducted in Nigeria Unknown

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military’s report... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius, middle, accompanied by brother Carl Pistorius, behind, and police officers leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Forensic Expert Faulted at Pistorius Trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa—The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defense’s forensic experts Thursday after the judge... Read more

  • Gyude Bryant, Former Liberia President, Dies: Reports

    Gyude Bryant, the first post-war president of Liberia, has died, according to reports on Wednesday. Bryant reportedly died on Wednesday, the government said in a... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius reacts as he  listens to forensic evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia, Pool)

    Oscar Pistorius Trial: Defense Tries to Rebuild Case

    PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony,... Read more

  • Uganda's People Defence Forces (UPDF) troops, battle-hardened and heavily-armed Special Forces commandos trained by Israel and Russia, participate in the drills near the South Sudan border February 20, 2014. (Peter Busomoke/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Sends Uganda Troops to Guard Staff in Somalia

    KAMPALA, Uganda—About 400 Ugandan troops will be deployed to Somalia under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in... Read more

  • William Lacy Swing, left, Director-General of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, listens to with Antonio Guterres, right, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, prior to a meeting of the launch of the inter-agency funding appeal for the Central African Republic at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    UN Trying to Raise $274 Million for Central African Republic

    GENEVA—The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of... Read more

  • A morgue attendant stands near to a lifeless body carried by a truck prepared for funeral outside Asokoro hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, April. 15, 2014, with at least 72 feared dead as a blast on Monday destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The Monday attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

    20 More Killed as Islamic Extremist Attacks Continue in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in... Read more

  • Nigerian soldiers stand guard at the offices of the state-run Nigerian Television Authority in Maiduguri, Nigeria, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

    100 Girls Kidnapped by Suspected Islamic Extremists in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius listens to evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 after questioning by state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, had earlier finished. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

    Prosecutor Ends Pistorius Questioning With Accusation

    PRETORIA, South Africa—Wrapping up five days of relentless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial, the chief prosecutor insisted Tuesday that he intentionally shot... Read more

  • Health workers teach people about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection, in Conakry, Guinea, Monday, March 31, 2014.  Health authorities in Guinea are facing an "unprecedented epidemic" of Ebola, the international aid group Doctors Without Borders warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe bleeding reached 78.  The outbreak of Ebola in Guinea poses challenges never seen in previous outbreaks that involved "more remote locations as opposed to urban areas," said Doctors Without Borders. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

    Ebola Virus Outbreak: Symptoms of Deadly Disease Causing Deaths in Africa

    As the ebola virus outbreak in Africa continues, here’s a look at symptoms of the virus. This list comes from the Centers for Disease Control and... Read more

  • Citizens & police officers gather at the site of an explosion targeting a traffic police booth that injured two police officers, near al-Galaa bridge, in central  Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday April 15, 2014. The Egyptian capital has seen increasing violence and attacks — including a car bombing that struck Cairo's main security headquarters and a failed assassination attempt on the interior minister — since the military's ouster last July of former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk) EGYPT OUT

    Bomb Blast Wounds Three in Egypt Capital

    CAIRO—A homemade bomb exploded near a traffic police post on a bridge over the Nile River in central Cairo early Tuesday, wounding two policemen and... Read more

  • Libya: Gunmen Abduct Jordanian Ambassador

    TRIPOLI, Libya— Masked gunmen seized the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions that... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius, right, accompanied by relatives arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Oscar Pistorius Accused of Staging Outbursts at Trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa— Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he... Read more

  • State prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions Oscar Pistorius during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 14, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. (Antoine de Ras/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

    Who Is Pistorius Prosecutor Gerrie Nel? (video)

    Gerrie Nel has received a lot of attention for his no-nonsense attitude. He’s been nicknamed the “pit bull” and the “bull dog” among trial watchers.…... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius, right, accompanied by relatives arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Prosecutor Alleges Inconsistencies in Pistorius Testimony

    PRETORIA, South Africa—The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial on Monday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete’s account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva... Read more

  • Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libya's former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, is tried from inside a cage in a courtroom in Zintan, Libya, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo via AP video, File)

    Libya Will Try Gadhafi Son by Video Link

    TRIPOLI, Libya—A Libyan judge in the trial of former regime officials decided Monday that Moammar Gadhafi’s son, held by a militia in the country’s west,... Read more

  • People gather at the site of a blast at the Nyanya Motor Park, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the center of Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April 14, 2014. An explosion blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Abuja before 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday as hundreds of people were traveling to work. (AP Photo/Gbemiga Olamikan)

    Bus Station Blast in Nigeria Capital Kills 71

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Police say an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124. Police... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius, right, accompanied by relatives arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Pistorius Breaks Down on Stand in Murder Trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa— A judge has temporarily adjourned the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius after the athlete started to sob while testifying about the moments... Read more


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