Africa

Ebola didn't kill them - fear did

After the killing of eight people who were part of a government-led group trying to educate people on Ebola, the people of Womey were forced from their town by the military. They lived in the bush for over six weeks as the military looted all of their belongings.

Fear of Ebola led to murder - and a whole village was punished.

US jury convicts bin Laden aide

A courtroom sketch shows Khalid al-Fawwaz, a 52-year-old Saudi national, during closing arguments of his trial in the New York Federal Court on February 18.

One of al-Qaeda's early leaders convicted in the deadly 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

US missionary kidnapped in Nigeria

RANSOM REWARD: Kidnapping for ransom, especially of Westerners, is extremely common in Nigeria.

American missionary Reverend Phyllis Sortor has been abducted at gunpoint in Nigeria

207 Boko Haram fighters killed

BORDER PATROL: A Cameroonian soldier at an observation post overlooking the Nigerian border.

Chad's military claims to have killed 207 Boko Haram militants in Nigerian border town.

Seven killed in Egyptian strikes

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence on February 16, 2015 shows an Egyptian air force fighter jet landing at an undisclosed location in Egypt following air strikes in Libya. Cairo carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Libya after the jihadists posted a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. With the air strikes, Egypt opened a new front against the jihadists. Cairo is already battling militants in the Sinai Peninsula, where scores of troops have been killed since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.  AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN MINISTER OF DEFENCE  == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN MINISTER OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Civilians killed when jets attacked suspected IS targets in the eastern Libyan city of Derna.

Egyptian court jails activist

Egypt's most prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Authorities signal crackdown as prominent Egyptian activist jailed for five years over an unauthorised but peaceful protest.

Girl suicide bomber 'no more than 8 years old'

The Islamist Boko Haram – suspected of using child suicide bombers in two separate attacks in Nigeria over the last week – have also launched fresh attacks on the town of Baga, in north-east Nigeria. They have left a trail of destruction in their wake.

A young girl with explosives strapped to her has killed five people and wounded dozens outside a market in Nigeria.

Hundreds rescued after fire at South African gold mine

Cooling period: Gold prices may  be subdued.

Massive South African emergency operation after fire at an underground South African gold mine ends with the rescue of almost 280 miners.

UN: Gunmen abduct 89 boys in South Sudan

Stranded: poverty, hunger and war have prevented many children in South Sudan from attending school.

Gunmen in war-ravaged South Sudan abduct at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from school.

Death toll rises to 25 after Somalia terror attack

MORE ATTACKS: Somali soldiers after an al-Shabaab suicide car bomb targeted peacekeepers outside Mogadishu last year. Friday's attack is the latest in a series of attacks on government officials and international peacekeepers in Somalia.

A suicide attack on a hotel compound in Mogadishu has claimed 25 lives, with more than 40 people wounded.

Aussie nurse may have Ebola

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

An Australian nurse is under observation in Britain for the deadly disease Ebola.

Al-Qaeda-linked Shabab kill 10 in Mogadishu

HIGH ALERT: A Somali government soldier guards outside the Central Hotel after a suicide attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Islamist rebels detonated two bombs, killing at least 10.

Islamist rebels detonate two bombs in Somali capital, killing at least 10 people.

IS militants claim Libya suicide attacks that kill 40

Libya

Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State kill 40 people by blowing themselves up in eastern Libya.

Nations unite to fight Boko Haram

ON GUARD: A Cameroonian soldier guards at an observation post on a hill in the Mandara Mountain chain in Mabass overlooking Nigeria, northern Cameroon.

Nigerian forces kill more than 300 Boko Haram fighters during an operation to recapture 11 towns and villages.

Funeral bombed, killing 36

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (C) attends a rally in support of the army's war against Boko Haram. It is believed the crew of a plane that bombed a funeral in Niger mistook the gathering for the feared militia.

Nigeria blamed for the deaths of at least 36 civilians at a Niger funeral party bombed by a military plane.

Civilians killed in Nigeria border town bombing

A Boko Haram armoured vehicle burns after being set ablaze by the Nigerian military at Monguno.

Around 30 civilians killed when an unidentified airplane dropped a bomb on a Nigerian border village.

Failed suicide bomber shot dead

ALL IN: The African Union has backed a sweeping anti-insurgency plan.

Niger claims its troops have killed a failed suicide bomber believed to belong to Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram loses two towns

Chadian soldiers participate in the opening ceremony of Flintlock 2015, an exercise organised by the US military to take on Boko Haram, the biggest security threat to Africa's top energy producer Nigeria and an increasing concern to countries bordering it.

Nigerian soldiers have recaptured two towns from Boko Haram in Africa’s most populous nation.

Egypt bombs IS targets after 21 Egyptians beheaded video

Egyptian army video claims to show planes taking off to bomb Islamic State targets in Libya.

Egyptian jets have bombed Islamic State targets in Libya a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.

Over 20 killed in new IS video

A screenshot from the video showing men being led along the beach.

Egypt declares week of mourning for hostages executed by Islamic State in Libya.

'We're turning into a banana republic'

Members of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) (in red) clash with security officials after being ordered out of the chamber during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address

'State of Chaos' was how one newspaper described the images of police and politicians trading blows at the opening of parliament.

Chaos in SA parliament during Zuma speech

South Africa's president Jacob Zuma.

Opening of South Africa's parliament descended into chaos as security officers fought with far-left lawmakers after they disrupted President Jacob Zuma's speech.

Al-Jazeera journalists released on bail video

FREED: Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy raised an Egyptian flag in court.

'I AM FREE' tweeted one of the two remaining Al-Jazeera journalists after being freed on bail in Egypt.

Hewitt pleads not guilty to rape of minors

Former Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt at the High Court in Johannesburg.

Former Grand Slam champion pleads not guilty to charges related to his time coaching children.

22 killed in Egypt football riot

CLASHES: Soccer fans argue with security personnel as they attempt to enter the stadium.

At least 22 Egyptian football fans have been killed and 20 others injured in clashes outside a stadium in Cairo.

Niger army repels Boko Haram

An automatic weapon on a prayer carpet near a guard staying for protection in front a government house in Bosso, Niger, May 29, 2013. Nigerian soldiers in a broad assault against the Boko Haram insurgency are making little effort to spare the innocent, refugees say. (Benedicte Kurzen/The New York Times) The Age 6/2/2015 Supplied Nigeria Refugees

Niger's army have repelled the second attack in three days by Boko Haram on the border town of Diffa.

Babies found in freezer in South Africa

Police tape

South African police say they have discovered the frozen corpses of four newborn babies in freezers at a home.

Gunmen kill 12 in oilfield raid

A general view shows Libya's El Sharara oilfield December 3, 2014. Deep in Libya's southern Sahara, men in army uniforms guard a pipeline at the El Sharara oilfield. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, rival fighters turn off the pumps to stop the oil flowing. The standoff over El Sharara illustrates the complex challenge United Nations mediators face in holding together a country heading towards a civil war between factions allied with rival cities scrambling for control. U.N. envoys plan to bring the Libyan rivals together on Tuesday for a dialog, but the conflict is spreading with both sides increasingly at odds over the OPEC country's vast oil resources. Picture taken December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY CIVIL UNREST)

Gunmen killed 12 people after storming a remote Libyan oilfield, a Libyan official says.

Chad kills 200 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria video

Taking on Boko Haram: Chadian soldiers near the Nigerian town of Gamboru.

Chad's army kill more than 200 militants from Boko Haram in fighting in north-eastern Nigeria.

Son blames burglar for axe massacre

VIOLENT END: The van Breda family from Perth were killed in a grizzly axe massacre in South Africa.

The surviving son of the Van Breda family killed in South Africa made a bizarre call to emergency services after the attack.

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