Five dead as Sierra Leone records first Ebola outbreak

ABID (Reuters) – Five people have died in Sierra Leone’s first confirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation said on Monday. “Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory-confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom,” the WHO said in a statement on its website. Ebola, a … Read more

Ethiopia pushes retail door ajar To Foreigners

By Richard Lough ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia has pushed the door ajar for foreign retailers keen to enter the fast-growing market of 90 million people, welcoming them as managers but keeping the state in control. It is a tantalising, if limited, offer for firms such as Walmart of the United States and Kenya’s Nakumatt … Read more

50 Malian soldiers killed in Kidal fighting

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Fifty Malian soldiers died this week during a failed army attempt to seize the Tuareg separatist northern town of Kidal, the West African country’s defence minister said on Sunday. The fresh fighting on Wednesday, the worst since the government and separatist groups signed a preliminary peace agreement last year, threatened to sink … Read more

Muslim Youths Mutilated In Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) – At least three Muslim youths were killed and mutilated by a Christian militia in Central African Republic while on their way play a reconciliation soccer game on Sunday, organisers and a spokesman for the country’s Muslim community said. The match between Muslim and Christian youths was set up as part of efforts … Read more

Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 28 in three village attacks

By Lanre Ola and Joe Penney MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in northern Nigeria, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground in a pattern of violence that has become almost a daily occurrence, according to police and witnesses. All three attacks happened on Thursday in … Read more

African spending spree faces punishment by markets

By Duncan Miriri KIGALI (Reuters) – African economies are securing new funds through resource finds or dollar bonds but many governments face questions over how they use the money and risk being punished by international capital markets. The dash to build infrastructure, and pressure from citizens for swift rewards from oil and gas discoveries, have … Read more

Ghana to distribute free fertiliser to cocoa farmers

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana will begin the free distribution of fertiliser to cocoa farmers this year in a renewed effort by the world’s second largest exporter to boost crop yields, industry regulator Cocobod said on Thursday. Cocobod Chief Executive Stephen Opuni said the government had ordered $200 million worth of farming inputs, mainly in the form of chemicals and fertilisers. He said … Read more

International Court sentences Congolese warlord to 12 years for war crimes

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court on Friday sentenced Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison for crimes including murder and pillaging committed during an attack on a village in 11 years ago. Katanga becomes only the second person to be sentenced by the court in more than a decade of existence. He was … Read more

Security Council Committee blacklists Nigeria’s Boko Haram

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council committee on al Qaeda sanctions blacklisted Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Thursday after the insurgents kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls, diplomats said. Nigeria, which until recently had been reluctant to seek international help to combat Boko Haram, requested earlier this week the group … Read more

Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 29 in village attack

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) – Suspected militants from Islamist group Boko Haram shot dead 29 farm workers as they tilled their fields in remote northeast Nigeria, a police source said on Thursday, amid a mounting insurgency increasingly targeting civilians. The attackers destroyed most of the village of Chukku Nguddoa and wounded another 10 people on Wednesday, said the police source … Read more