Africa

'World must act on Ebola'

Relatives of infected people wait for news at the entrance of the high risk area.

An Australian doctor who has been treating Ebola victims says the international community must do more to help stem the crisis.

Bus crash kills 56

South Sudan flag

At least 56 people have been killed after a bus travelling from South Sudan to Uganda crashed into a truck, doctors say.

Diplomat stabbed to death

A car drives past the house of a Spanish diplomat who had been found there stabbed to death.

A Spanish diplomat has been found stabbed to death in his home in Sudan's capital Khartoum.

Somali pirates fight over ransom, three dead

Rising interest rates overseas could make carry trades less attractive. Photo: Louie Douvis

Three Somali pirates have been killed in a fight over the ransom paid to free the German-American journalist who was released this week.

More Ebola action sought video

US President Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama has called on more nations to help fight the world's worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Abducted girl freed

KIDNAP PROTEST: ''#Bring Back Our Girls'' campaigners march during a rally calling for the release of the Abuja school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram militants in Borno State August 22, 2014.

One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok has been freed.

Boko Haram troops surrender

STILL MISSING: A demonstrator raises his fist at a rally held to mark 120 days since Boko Haram abducted 120 school girls.

130 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered, and a man posing as their leader is dead, the Nigerian military says.

Ebola could infect 1.4m by January

CRISIS: Red Cross health workers remove the  body of a suspected Ebola victim from a home in Monrovia, Liberia.

Ebola infection numbers tipped to rise to 1.4 million by January if nothing is done to effectively control the outbreak in Africa.

'In wrong place'

WRONG PLACE: Mark De Salis and Lynn Howie who were shot and killed while picnicking in Libya.

A Kiwi woman and her British boyfriend who were shot dead on a beach in Libya were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

RNZAF in Somali drug bust

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A Royal New Zealand Air Force patrol plane has played a key role in the seizure of  NZ$360 million worth of hashish off the coast of Somalia.

'I've been crying a lot'

HUNGRY AND GRIEVING: Tough conditions are not getting any better.

Mary Jorjor is no longer a mother - all seven of her children have died in fighting in South Sudan.

Four killed in Boko Haram attack in northern Cameroon

Troops stand on September 16, 2014 in Maiduguri on a armored personnel carrier (APC) recovered from Boko Haram insurgents in Konduga. Several Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in a fierce battle with Nigerian troops in a northeastern town near Maiduguri,

Four civilians were killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram militants, according to state radio.

Sierra Leone imposes Ebola curfew

LOCKDOWN: An empty street in Freetown is seen at the start of a three-day national curfew.

Sierra Leone ushered in a controversial three-day curfew across the entire country in a bid to halt the deadly Ebola virus.

Kenyan mall massacre still haunts

DANGER: An armed man caught on CCTV from inside the mall during the attack.

For Maurice Adembesa Ombisa the horror of Nairobi's mall massacre lasted just minutes. For his family it's still going.

Doctor's Ebola ordeal

EBOLA SURVIVOR: Kent Brantly prepares to testify before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday.

A US medical missionary tells Congress how he came to understand Ebola's devastating toll after being diagnosed.

Gunmen kill 15 at college

A man walks through the ruins of a zonal police headquarters after a bomb attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria's northern city of Kano in January, 2012.

Gunmen have stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people.

3000 troops to fight Ebola

Workers for Liberia's Ministry of Health remove the dead body of a man who died Saturday in Monrovia.

By the end of the week, a US general will be in Liberia, commanding up to 3000 US troops and 17 treatment centres.

Hundreds feared drowned

RESCUED: African migrants rest after being rescued by the Libyan coastguard after their boat sunk off the coastal town of Garaboly, east of Tripoli.

More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week.

Virus hunter confronts Ebola

Fighting for survival: Joseph Fair is trying to turn the tide on Ebola.

Joseph Fair hunts viruses. That's his thing. He's used to dominating his prey but Ebola is different.

Ebola clinics overwhelmed

GRIM TASK: Workers with Liberia's Ministry of Health place a body on a pickup truck on Saturday at Redemption Hospital in the New Kru town neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia. Dead bodies must be removed before the sick child lying on the right can enter the hospital.

The small group of Liberian caregivers trying to cope with the worst outbreak of Ebola on record is falling and further behind.

Did he meet his match?

GLAMOUR COUPLE: Oscar Pistorius with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013

With good looks, cheeky smile and extraordinary talents, Oscar Pistorius was one of South Africa's most popular young bachelors.

Oscar Pistorius - not a murderer

ON BAIL: Oscar Pistorius fights his way through the media scrum outside the court.

The athlete's culpable homicide conviction carries a possible sentence of 15 years, but some suspect he may avoid prison.

Ebola toll tops 2400

Overwhelmed: African Ebola treatment centres desperately need additional support and resources.

The death toll from West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to more than 2,400.

Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide

NOT OVER YET: Oscar Pistorius will have to wait for the final judgment to be delivered in his case.

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Live stream: Oscar Pistorius verdict day 2

UNDER PRESSURE: Oscar Pistorius was visibly upset during the delivery of the verdict.

The verdict in the trial of Oscar Pistorius over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp continues for a second day.

Oscar Pistorius verdict met with shock

NEARLY OVER: Reeva Steenkamp's family, including mother June and father Barry, have been in court for every step of the trial.

A judge's decision to clear Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has sent shockwaves around South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Under pressure

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It was hot, airless and excruciatingly tense - and that was even before the judge entered the courtroom.

Oscar Pistorius verdict provokes controversy

NOT OVER YET: Oscar Pistorius will have to wait for the final judgment to be delivered in his case.

Oscar Pistorius might have escaped a life sentence, possibly even any jail time at all, but the controversy surrounding the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp is unlikely to end with a judge's formal verdict.

Pistorius cleared of murder

CRYING SHAME: Tears stream down Oscar Pistorius' face as Judge Thokozile Masipa makes judgement.

Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of premeditated murder but still faces conviction for culpable homicide.

Oscar Pistorius to learn his fate

AWAITING HIS FATE: Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

It is the question on everyone's lips: will disabled Olympian Oscar Pistorius be found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp? 

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