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World's poor headed for better lives in 2030: Gates

New York - The lives of the poor will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda say.

What is happening with Ebola in Africa right now?

With the U.K. nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, no longer critically ill with Ebola, the fight against the virus still continues heavily in areas of Africa.

Infusing blood from one person to another to tackle Ebola

Digital Journal presents another update on the Ebola crisis and the measures being taken to deal with the viral disease that has hits parts of West Africa very hard.

Islamic State influence spreads to African jihadists

Washington - Its main battlegrounds are far away and its true influence hard to judge, but the Islamic State's black banner is attracting the attention of jihadists in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.

China's need for ivory is killing off the world's elephants

Nairobi - On Tuesday, conservationists reported that the slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory taking place in China is "out of control'" If illegal killing continues, elephants in the wild will disappear within a generation, they say.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control" and could push wild elephants to extinction within a generation, conservationists said Tuesday.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control", conservationists said Tuesday, with wild elephants potentially disappearing within a generation.

UNICEF declares 2014 a 'devastating year' for children

According to a UNICEF statement released on December 8, an estimated 230 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts.

New viral concern in Africa: Henipaviruses

While Ebola continues to cause havoc and death in West Africa, another virus family could be emerging a significant threat. These viruses (henipaviruses) may have jumped from fruit bats into humans in Africa.

Europeans and Africans promise new approach on migration

Rome - Ministers from 58 European and African states on Thursday pledged to adopt a new coordinated approach to migration that goes beyond the single issue of policing borders.

What you need to know about Nigeria's presidential candidates

A closer look at some of the frontrunners for the Nigerian presidency as the country's 2015 general election grows ever closer.

Fewer babies herald 'economic miracle' for Africa: UN

London - Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday.

Ebola trials begin in Africa

Scientists are to begin tests of antiviral drugs and transfusions of blood from Ebola survivors in the West African countries. The focus will be on countries worst hit by the viral epidemic.

Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal' Spain deportations

Madrid - Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the "illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa.

Angry U.S. envoy hits out at global response to Ebola

Conakry - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has criticised the level of international support for nations hit by Ebola as she begins a tour of west African nations at the epicentre of the deadly outbreak.

Op-Ed: Ebola — The sky is not falling

New York - Even if the sky is falling, it will not bring Ebola with it. Yet it has created hysteria not seen in the U.S. since a war was launched in Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction that were no longer there.

Ebola cases pass 10,000

Geneva - The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has today exceeded 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Document shows WHO officials admit to 'botching' Ebola response

Geneva - An internal document from the World Health Organization (WHO) admits that the organization "botched" efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty

Washington - Nations vowing to wipe out poverty in Africa have failed to come through with sufficient aid, an international advocacy group said in a report released Monday, urging them to make good on their pledges.

Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty

Washington - Nations vowing to wipe out poverty in Africa have failed to come through with sufficient aid, an international advocacy group said in a report released Monday, urging them to make good on their pledges.

Media empire Vivendi looks to expand into emerging markets

Flush with cash from its recent sales of subsidiary properties, French multinational Vivendi SA is setting its sights to the south and east in order to further globalize its remaining properties.

World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

Washington - The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday.

The incredible life of the African midge

Biologists have completed the genetic analysis on the African midge. The remarkable insect can survive a variety of extreme conditions. The basis of this “invulnerability” is the insect’s genes.

Citizen science project will benefit Africa's giraffes

With its' long, graceful neck and elaborately patterned hide, the giraffe is truly an iconic symbol of Africa. Like seemingly every other wild animal in the world, they are in decline.

Tracking bats could help halt Ebola spread

Various actions are being undertaken to fight the Ebola virus that is sweeping across parts of West Africa, and resulting in a mounting death toll. As the main vector is bats, some scientists think that tracking bats is one way to combat the disease.

Finding new ways to identify Ebola drugs

Liverpool - Discovering new ways to identify drugs that could be used to treat Ebola virus infection should relate to the types of proteins inside a cell that are critical for the functions of Ebola virus, according to a new study.

African extremists: Islamic State offers grim inspiration

Nairobi - Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadists outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption.

Ebola cure confirmed in monkeys

Winnipeg - Scientists have confirmed that the new Ebola cure used to save two American doctors is 100 percent effective in monkeys.

Op-Ed: Ebola drugs are a 'long way off' from large-scale production

The announcement that World Health Organization (WHO) consultants have agreed that experimental Ebola drugs can be used to tackle the African outbreak made headlines. However drug companies cannot readily produce the medications in large supplies.

Is the full impact of Ebola yet to be felt?

Weak state capacity and poor public health infrastructure will hamper efforts to contain the escalating Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a new report.
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