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Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up

Dakar - Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.

Senegal ex-president's son on trial for corruption

Dakar - The flamboyant "super minister" son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade went on trial Thursday accused of accumulating a multi-million dollar fortune through corruption while in office.

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said.

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said Friday.

Divers take a plunge with an ocean giant: the Goliath grouper

Miami - At first glance, an adult goliath grouper can appear intimidating. Equipped with a capacious Edward G. Robinson-esque lower jaw and weighing as much as 360 kg, or 793 pounds, encountering one while you're diving or snorkeling can give you pause.

Mohamed Dionne named new Senegal prime minister

Dakar - Mohamed Dionne, a close aide to Senegal's president who once worked for the United Nations, was named the country's new prime minister Sunday, two days after the resignation of his predecessor.

Ebola 'out of control' in West Africa: MSF

Dakar - An epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is now "out of control" with more than 60 outbreak hotspots, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.

Mali government, rebels sign ceasefire agreement: UN

Dakar - The Mali government and the three main rebel groups operating in the northern desert signed a ceasefire deal Friday, the United Nations announced."A 21:30 (local time and GMT)...

5 million children in Africa's Sahel face acute malnutrition

Dakar - Aid operations need urgent funding in north Africa's Sahel region where five million children face the prospect of acute malnutrition, UN humanitarian agency OCHA said."We are facing a funding bottleneck at a very critical moment.

Senegal tense as exiled former president returns home

Dakar - Exiled former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade made a controversial homecoming with security forces on high alert on Friday, two years after he lost office in an election marred by violent protests.

Senegal has 'well-oiled system' to stop Ebola

Dakar - Senegal vowed Tuesday it is prepared for any spread of the deadly Ebola virus, as the suspected death toll in an outbreak raging in Guinea and Liberia rose to 111.

Morocco steps up guard after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

Dakar - Morocco announced extra health screening measures Tuesday at entry points to the country, in particular at Casablanca airport, after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea.

Ebola outbreak in Guinea an 'unprecedented epidemic': MSF

Dakar - Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday an Ebola outbreak suspected of killing at least 78 people in Guinea was an "unprecedented epidemic" that had spread across the west African nation.

Liberia confirms first Ebola cases

Dakar - Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 78 people in neighbouring Guinea, according to the World Health Organization.

Guinea's Ebola battle: containing a killer virus

Dakar - The Ebola haemorrhagic fever plaguing Guinea is caused by one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind, killing up to 90 percent of people it infects.The tropical virus can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, ...

Guinea's Ebola battle: steps taken to contain virus

Dakar - The Ebola virus plaguing Guinea is one of the deadliest known to man, claiming the lives of two-thirds of the people it has infected so far.

Ebola: profile of a prolific killer

Dakar - The Ebola virus plaguing Guinea is one of the deadliest known to man, claiming the lives of three-quarters of the people it has infected so far, according to the west African nation's health ministry.The tropical virus can fell its victims within days,...

Airline finds corpse in wheel well

Washington - On Saturday, a man's body was found in the wheel well of a South African Airways aeroplane after it landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington, United States.

UN makes appeal for three-year plan for the Sahel

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 20 million people in the Sahel region are at risk of hunger and will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, around 8.7 million more than in 2013.

Fear and ignorance fuel spread of leprosy in Africa

Mbour - Modou Gaye sits on a hospital bed in Senegal, his left leg stretched the length of the mattress, the right one amputated below the knee.
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